This 2009 Legacy is a good value for what it is; I bought it used with about 20k miles on it---now it's 4 yrs later with over 75k miles. The AWD is great for the Ohio winters, especially once I replaced the OE tires with higher quality treads. I get about 25 mpg overall city/hwy which is not great, but for having AWD and the comfort and space for me, it's OK. I appreciate the rear seatbacks which fold forward, which gives extra space for storage, or transporting materials from Home Depot when doing weekend projects. I wish the engine had more power for quicker acceleration at times, but it's adequate most of the time. The car has been basically trouble-free...it's a KEEPER for me! UPDATE: I have now had this car for over 6 years, and have put 100,000 miles on it since I got it. It still runs and handles the same. Most of the maintenance has been performed by a local Subaru dealer, except brake jobs, which I felt they were just too expensive. The 4 speed automatic is very outdated, so the acceleration is slow. The newer Legacy with the CVT seem to be a lot quicker and quieter, which I will keep in mind, for some day. The newer models also have improved technology as far as sound systems, navigation, etc. I suppose I will be ready for a more updated model in a few years. This car seems like it will go another 100,000 miles without a doubt. It's still great for the Ohio winters.
I reviewed 2008 and 2009 Subaru Legacys for several months before purchasing one. I also looked at Honda Civics, Accords, Toyota Camrys and Carollas. I am a very careful buyer, so I was very cautious in my decision. Ultimately, the Legacy was the clear choice. Handling is great, and mileage is better than you would expect. I have gone on two 7-hour road trips and got 34.7 mpg on the first and 35 mpg on the second. Typically, it's around 33 mpg on the highway. This is just as good as the Accord and the Camry. Unlike the Accord and Camry, though, the Legacy has AWD all the time. This is great for winters here in eastern Washington state. I love my Subaru!
I absolutely loved this car when I had it. I owned it close to 3 years. I needed an AWD vehicle, but I was hesitant to venture into the SUV world just yet. Besides normal maintenance on the vehicle, I literally had no problems with it. I just had to upgrade to something bigger so I was able to see out of it better.
I sold a new 2012 Mazda3 which I never really fell in love with and purchased this car used with very low mileage as basic transportation. I drive about 5K per year. I wanted something I could transport my bikes and canoe on the roof. Nicely built sedan. Good handling. Not powerful at high speeds, but peppy at low and mid range. Decent trunk space that opens into back seats. Comfortable driver seat. After a 1000 miles of driving no issues, solid feel, and happy with my purchase. Mileage has been 24 city, 29 highway.
2.5GT Limited 4dr Sedan AWD w/Nav (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
Options on test vehicle
2,457cc (150 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
243 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
241 @ 3,600
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.540, II = 2.264, III = 1.471, IV = 1.000, V = 0.834, R = 2.370, Final Drive = 3.08
I expected a better launch, but once the tach swings past 4,000 rpm, the real acceleration begins. Gearchanges are smooth, but not particularly fast. Gear spacing is good, keeping revs in the boost range with each upshift.
Pedal feels a little vague. Not much sense of braking capacity, but distances were quite good. Good fade resistance and all stops were arrow-straight.
Mostly throttle-controlled skid pad with ESC on. With it off, understeer was the limiting behavior and no amount of effort on my part could change that. Steering feels a little springy. The fact that the slalom speeds for ESC on/off were identical indicates it's tuned very well. Only at the very edge of the car's mechanical ability does the electronic system intervene. Good crisp turn-in, good balance, and only when you throw it around does the Legacy get loose. Disappointing that there's no sense of this being an AWD car, however.