2017 Subaru Legacy

$21,995 - $31,640
2017 Subaru Legacy


  • Standard all-wheel drive in a segment where it's rare to even be an option
  • Excellent outward visibility
  • High-tech safety features work well and are widely available throughout the lineup
  • Top crash test scores


  • Stiffer ride (except Legacy Limited) than many competitors
  • Slower acceleration than almost every competitor

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Features & Specs

2.5i Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)2.5i Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)2.5i Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)2.5i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)3.6R Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT)
Starting MSRP$23,995$28,840$25,995$21,995$31,640
Transmissioncontinuously variable-speed automaticcontinuously variable-speed automaticcontinuously variable-speed automaticcontinuously variable-speed automaticcontinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower175 hp @ 5800 rpm175 hp @ 5800 rpm175 hp @ 5800 rpm175 hp @ 5800 rpm256 hp @ 6000 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

  • Side Crash Rating

  • Side Barrier Rating

  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front Seat5/5
    Back Seat5/5
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.1%

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Beats Accord & Camry
Had a 2014 Accord Sport, Have a 2012 Camry Se. Both cars are pretty much the same. They feel cheap. Got Legacy Limited. The difference is the All Wheel Drive. Instead the the car being pulled, which stinks, all 4 wheels move and the car is much smoother and feels like a luxury car. Front wheel drive is terrible. It also rides softer than both Camry & Accord. It's a huge difference. The front seats are much more comfortable and there's more room width wise. After driving the Legacy, you will never go back to front wheel drive.
The Pillow
My wife traded in her 2005 Volvo S40 for this 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i mostly because the Volvo was getting too expensive to keep repairing -- Volvo parts are ridiculously expensive and the thing is so complicated they had to take the grill off to recharge the air conditioner. So the nice roomy layout under the Legacy's hood is a welcome switch, or so my mechanic tells me. You can actually see and reach the spark plugs without disassembling half the engine. This is actually our third Subaru, the previous two being a 1996 Outback and a 2012 Forester which we still have. The Legacy doesn't handle quite as well as the Volvo but they are such different cars it is not really fair to compare them. However, the Legacy does feel very planted on cloverleaf freeway entry ramps and it is easy to change and hold a line. I give credit to the symmetrical all-wheel-drive, which sounds like advertising but it really does eliminate torque steer. Physics, I guess.The Legacy is much better at absorbing the massive potholes and bumps all over the streets in Chicago and suburbs, which destroyed the Volvo's front end twice in 100,000 miles. The Subaru is at least a match for the Volvo in the rain and I am sure it will be much better in the snow as well. The Volvo was pretty good in snow for a front-wheel-drive car, but our other two Subarus were and are practically snowmobiles. This is a big reason why my wife chose the Subaru. based on previous experience with continuously variable transmissions, I was a little leery of this feature. However, the Legacy's CVT is very responsive and the car moves right out when you need it to. On my wife's 35 mile commute of about half highway and half streets the Legacy is getting about 29 mpg, which is about five or six better than the Volvo got on the same trip. We haven't taken any long road trips yet, but the dash says it hits 35 mpg on the freeway right after a fill up, and so far the dash mpg report has been pretty accurate, within about two percent of miles divided by gallons when we fill it up. The Legacy is much bigger inside than the Volvo, with a very comfortable back seat, though the Volvo had better seats. The lumbar cushion on the base Legacy are not adjustable, and tend to push me out a little farther than ideal on the bottom cushion, though this isn't a hug problem. Much, much better visibility out of the Legacy and the back up camera helps avoid backing into the garage wall. The Legacy is very solid and quiet, much more so than our 2012 Forester. Based on the excellent durability and reliability of our other two Subarus -- no repairs needed at all in 55,000 miles on the 2012 Forester, not even brake pads -- I am hoping this one won't need much work over the next 10 years or so.
Checked-out all the sedans. Legacy rose to the top
Wife and I test drove all the 2017 sedans. Accord was ruled out because the seating was very uncomfortable for both of us. Ford Fusion gas mileage not up to par. Camry was sort of blah. Finally narrowed to Sonata and Legacy (Limited trim for both) . Both are quiet. Sonata has slightly better pick-up, but I thought Legacy handled better. Sonata's warranty was a strong selling point, but the Legacy had all-wheel drive. Final choice based on minor interior things. No options for the Sonata interior color: only black interior with the white/silver/grey exterior, and only beige with the blue/red exteriors. Also the faux wood interior molding on the Sonata beige trim looked cheap. Have had the Legacy for a month and very happy with it. Have now had the Legacy for over 6 months. Remains very comfortable with excellent handling and ride. I find the audio interface poor. The computer frequently does not pick up my voice, and the audio controls are not intuitive. Am a little disappointed with the gas mileage. Overall, I am happy with the car, as the safety features work very well (which was a major selling point of the car). Backup warning when a car is coming out of my site line has saved me a couple of times already. I really like the headlights lighting up the curb in the direction of a turn. Lane departure, automatic cruise control, and blind spot detectors all work flawlessly as well.

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The 2017 Subaru Legacy is something of a dark horse in the midsize sedan class. Typically overshadowed by flashier and better-known entries, the Subaru is nonetheless worthy of consideration. This is especially true for those who live where inclement weather can make driving a chore and even a hazard.

A standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) system separates the Legacy from its peers. Though a few rivals do offer AWD, it is typically available only with the more powerful and thirstier engine options. The 2017 Subaru Legacy, on the other hand, provides the added grip and confidence of AWD on all trim levels and with both of its engine choices: a 2.5-liter, 175-horsepower four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter, 256-hp six-cylinder. Both send power to all four wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Even with all-wheel drive, which usually has a negative effect on fuel economy, the Legacy is fuel efficient. EPA estimates range from 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway) with the six-cylinder engine to 29 mpg combined (25 city/34 highway) with the four. For a midsize car with AWD, the latter figures are especially impressive. The cost of this economy is that the Legacy's performance lags behind most of its competitors.

In addition to the greater safety on slippery roads, the Legacy has the EyeSight safety suite as an option on every trim level except the base version. EyeSight provides features such as lane departure warning and intervention and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The Legacy's top-notch crash-test scores add even more peace of mind.

The 2017 Subaru Legacy is available in trim levels that run from the base 2.5i through the 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. The first four have Subaru's four-cylinder engine. The six-cylinder option comes only in the singular, loaded 3.6R Limited trim. Key standard features on the entry-level Legacy include a rearview camera, satellite radio and smartphone app integration. Moving up through the ranks adds luxury and convenience items such as heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry/ignition and leather upholstery.

Apart from its AWD feature, the Legacy is not a standout in other areas, such as styling or cabin ambiance. That said, its affable, well-rounded nature means there's no glaring weaknesses either, and so it merits consideration if you're looking for a midsize sedan. When it's time to shop, Edmunds is ready to help you find the 2017 Subaru Legacy that's right for you.

2017 Subaru Legacy Overview

The 2017 Subaru Legacy is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 2.5i Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), and 3.6R Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT).

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