2009 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: Another excellent Subaru

2009 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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2.5i Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Another excellent Subaru
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2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Purchased after several years of careful research. I have a 2006 Subaru Impreza. The two cars feel quite different in spite of only 200 lb more. The Impreza (non-turbo) feels very light and agile. The Legacy is much more solid and "mature". After 20 years of driving a stick shift I cannot immediately adjust from one to another. The stick shift is the way to go and still one needs to work the gears a little more on the Legacy. Sound isolation is better. On a recent trip I got 35 mpg highway at 65 mph with a loaded car with 3 adults and luggage and 33 mpg measured at the pump at 75 mpg. City is 23 - 25 mpg. Outstanding for AWD and any midsize. Extremely stable in snowstorms. Very happy with it

Best Features

AWD, excellent gas mileage for a midsize AWD car, handling, clean aerodynamic exterior design , logical and well appointed interior, good stereo, PZEV. Had to drive 200 miles at night in a severe snowstorm. It was faster and handled with more confidence than almost any truck and SUV on the road.

Worst Features

Further attention to build quality. The plastic trim on the center console separated and break pedal attachment is a little squeaky. Quite annoying small details, given that the car is outstanding and has what it takes mechanically. Could us a little more power with the same MPG.
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