2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Subaru Legacy - Road Test Specs

2009 Subaru Legacy Sedan

(2.5L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
Style2.5GT Limited 4dr Sedan AWD w/Nav (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
Base MSRP$30,395
Options on test vehicleNone.
As-tested MSRP$33,725


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeFlat-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,457cc (150 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)8.4:1
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)243 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)241 @ 3,600
Transmission type5-speed automatic
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


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza RE92
Tire typeAll-season, high-performance
Tire size, front215/45R17
Tire size, rear215/45R17
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph (sec.)6.8
0-75 mph (sec.)10.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.0 @ 93.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.82
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.1
@ Full throttle (dB)71.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsI 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.
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsPedal feels a little vague. Not much sense of braking capacity, but distances were quite good. Good fade resistance and all stops were arrow-straight.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsMostly 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.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/24 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,490
Length (in.)185.0
Width (in.)68.1
Height (in.)56.1
Wheelbase (in.)105.1
Track, front (in.)58.9
Track, rear (in.)58.5
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)44.1
Legroom, rear (in.)33.9
Headroom, front (in.)37.6
Headroom, rear (in.)36.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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