2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Subaru Legacy - Road Test Specs

2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan

(2.5L 4-cyl. AWD CVT Automatic)


Model year2010
Style2.5i Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$22,690
Options on test vehicleAll-Weather Package, Harman Kardon Audio System and Power Moonroof ($2,490 -- includes front wiper de-icer; heated front seats and heated exterior side mirrors, AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer, MP3/WMA/AAC playback capability and auxiliary input, Bluetooth hands-free phone, overhead console microphone, steering wheel voice command and phone switches, nine Harman Kardon speakers including subwoofer, 440-watt Harman Kardon amplifier, and power glass sunroof with manual sunshade).
As-tested MSRP$25,180


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeFlat-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,457cc (150 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)170 @ 4,000
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Final-drive ratio: 3.7:1


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearDouble wishbone
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.5:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelTuranza EL400
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP205/60R16 V
Tire size, rearP205/60R16 V
Wheel size16-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.0
0-60 mph (sec.)9.4
0-75 mph (sec.)14.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.0 @ 82 mph
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.28
60-0 mph (ft.)121
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)37.1
@ Full throttle (dB)73.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)60.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsContrary to most CVT programming, the Subaru makes slightly quicker times in "M" than in "D." If left in "D" the tach lazily gets up to 5,500 rpm at 65 mph. On the other hand, in "M" it goes all the way to redline by 40-ish then "shifts" back and forth between 6,500 and 5,500. Adequate power, smoothly delivered.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsMedium-soft pedal and noisy tires but good fade resistance. Straight stops with some dive and respectable stopping distances.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: Yeow, do these tires scream! Lots and lots of roll -- so much that I believe I was hearing the tires rub against the struts up front. Steering gave me some info, but the tires couldn't shut up about something. Slalom: Tendency to build oversteer with each successive transition, and the car doesn't have the hp or smart AWD system to use it as an advantage. This is also compounded by the all-season tires that let go early. Quick turn-in, but otherwise slow response.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)64
Wind (mph, direction)5.9

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)23 city/31 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)24
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,384
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,415
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58/42
Length (in.)186.4
Width (in.)71.7
Height (in.)59.3
Wheelbase (in.)108.3
Track, front (in.)61.6
Track, rear (in.)61.8
Turning circle (ft.)36.8
Legroom, front (in.)43.0
Legroom, rear (in.)37.8
Headroom, front (in.)40.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.7


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 brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic 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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