2019 Subaru Legacy Review
2019 Subaru Legacy Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Vehicle Test EngineerCalvin Kim is an automotive journalist at Edmunds.
- Standard all-wheel drive for extra wet-weather traction
- Excellent outward visibility
- Standard active driver assist features
- Engines less powerful compared to those of rivals
- All models will come with EyeSight driver assist functionality
- Base Legacy 2.5i now has a 6.5-inch multimedia display
- Part of the sixth Legacy generation introduced in 2015
Car shoppers looking for a vehicle that can comfortably carry four or five passengers, in deep snowbelt territory, often see SUVs as the only way to get around. But the 2019 Subaru Legacy proves that this midsize sedan has what it takes to keep up when the roads get nasty.
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Legacy 3.6R Limited
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And that's thanks to Subaru's all-wheel-drive system. This system modulates power to all four wheels so that no single wheel can slip and cause the whole vehicle to lose momentum. Additionally, driver assist functions, such as adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation, are now standard on every Legacy trim level. Combine these attributes with the Legacy's top-notch crash test safety scores and you've got a vehicle that gives you peace of mind.
On a more tangible level, we like that the Legacy comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability as standard. This setup allows drivers to flexibly integrate their phone into their car as much as they'd like. Excellent outward visibility, comfortable seats and easy-to-use controls all mean drivers can quickly adapt to the Legacy without effort. It's a car that works well in the city and on long stints on the highway.
But while on the highway, you'll notice the Legacy's one main flaw: The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's in just about every Legacy trim level is a bit underpowered. (A more powerful 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine is available.) You'll have to plan out those highway passing maneuvers with a little extra care. Also, the Legacy doesn't have as much panache as some more recently redesigned sedans such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. Overall, though, the Legacy is worth checking out, especially if you can take advantage of its all-wheel-drive capability.
Edmunds' Expert Rating
The Subaru Legacy is unique, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive and horizontally opposed engines. While the 2015 model has new exterior styling and a much-improved, more luxurious, quieter cabin that's plenty roomy, it lags behind most competitors in terms of performance. Its fuel economy, though, is competitive.
Acceleration is tepid from the Legacy's four-cylinder engine, but it's pretty smooth and relatively quiet. The continuously variable automatic transmission performs simulated shifts so it feels more like a traditional automatic. Handling and steering are acceptable.
The 2.5-liter engine produces 175 horsepower. Expect a 0-60 mph time of about 9.5 seconds. This Legacy is one of the slowest cars in the class, and it feels like it out on the road.
The Legacy's brakes don't feel all that strong on the road. The pedal is spongy, but the brakes are easy to modulate to come to a smooth stop.
The steering has an intuitive operation and good weighting, and it feels natural in its action. The Legacy turns into corners nicely, but not so quick that it's abrupt.
This Legacy is no sport sedan, but it has easy-to-control manners despite considerable body roll around turns.
Seat comfort is excellent front and rear, and we were especially impressed with the soft and grippy cloth material. The cabin is fairly quiet. The engine is subdued in most situations, but it can get loud at high rpm.
The front seats have good cushioning, covered with soft, high-quality cloth. Lateral support is minimal. The door and center armrests have thick padding. The rear seats have good comfort and nice upper-back support, although the seatback rake is a bit upright.
The Legacy has a quiet highway ride with minimal tire noise and barely perceptible engine noise. The CVT is good about not pegging revs during acceleration, which is nice because the engine can get thrashy at high rpm.
It's an airy cabin, with not only ample room for passengers but also slim roof pillars for better visibility. There are plenty of handy storage bins for small items, too.
Cargo volume is generous due to the airy trunk. On the inside, numerous pockets and compartments ensure there's a place for all your personal belongings.
The door pockets are narrow but feature bottle holders. The good-size front bin has a security door. The armrest bin is easily accessible. The deep compartment in front of the shifter easily holds a phone and wallet.
The trunk opens wide to reveal a large opening and holds a decent 15 cubic feet. The rear seats are split 60/40, with a seatback release in the trunk. The center pass-through is wide but not tall.
What the Legacy gives up in performance it makes up for in tech. Most digital systems are controlled through the touchscreen. It has a bright, high-contrast display with large buttons and clear text. We like that every Legacy comes standard with frontal collision mitigation and lane keeping assist.
Which Legacy does Edmunds recommend?
The 2019 Subaru Legacy already comes well equipped, so for our money, we'd opt for the 2.5i Sport. Its large 18-inch wheels, and unique interior and exterior trim let it stand out from other Legacy's, while it comes with features like a moonroof and trunk spoiler.
2019 Subaru Legacy models
The 2019 Subaru Legacy is a five-passenger midsize sedan available with two engines and five trim levels: the base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. Legacy 2.5i versions have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (175 hp and 174 lb-ft) while the 3.6R has a 3.6-liter six-cylinder (256 hp and 246 lb-ft). All Legacy models come with a continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The 2.5i feature set includes 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, four USB ports (two up front and two in back), and a four-speaker sound system a CD player and HD and satellite radio. Subaru's EyeSight safety package is also standard. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.
The 2.5i Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels, an All-Weather package (heated front seats, heated mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer), dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, and six speakers for the sound system.
The 2.5i Sport is pretty similar to the Premium but has 18-inch wheels, LED foglights, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a variety of exterior and interior trim flourishes. The Sport also receives blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2.5i Limited reverts to the Premium's styling but gains an upgraded suspension, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, heated rear seats, leather upholstery and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. With the 3.6R Limited, you also get the six-cylinder engine and turn-adapting LED headlights.
Notable options for the Legacy, depending on the trim level, include a sunroof, a navigation system and extra driver assist safety features such as automatic high beams and reverse automatic braking.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
4 out of 5 stars
First 1500 Miles
2.5i Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
I purchased a 2019 Subaru Legacy Premium with the Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Fog Lights package in February 2019. This was after at least a year of toying with the idea of getting a new car. I compared this against the new Accord, Forester, Ascent, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tucson, among others. I didn’t have an exact type of car in mind, I wanted something comfortable, … safe, reasonably priced and that wasn’t overstated in its outward appearance. After many test drives of all the cars and trips to the dealership to look at the cars in person, I decided to get the Legacy. It had the best blend of all my checkmarks and considering the favorable financing terms and the new model for 2020, I hoped I could also make it the most financially attractive car as well. I am lucky where I live to have a handful of Subaru dealerships within an hour or two from my house. I played the game and shopped around to each, each time chipping away at the bottom line price. I finally found a price where I thought I was just wasting time if I continued so I decided to buy. I’ve now got about 1,500 miles on the car and have some things I love about it and some I do not like at all. Pros - Comfort. This car is seriously comfortable and plush for the price range. Short or long trips are a breeze. - MPG. With mixed driving, I am getting a little north of 31 MPG, which was a very pleasant surprise. - Tech. I find the infotainment system and menu are easy to understand and navigate. - Stock radio in the premium trim. I was on the fence about upgrading to Limited to get the upgraded speaker system. I am glad I didn’t. I am not a complete audiophile, but I want my radio to sound good. I find the stock 6 speaker system in the Legacy Premium to have clean, punchy bass and clear highs. - Cell phone holder. I have a mid-sized Google Pixel and there is a place where my cell phone can rest easily near the shifter. This is a small pro, but I find it very helpful and practical. I think Subaru may not label this specifically as a cell phone holder, but for my sized phone, it fits great. - Eyesight. So far it works great. It gently nudges me when I get to close to either side of the road. The adaptive cruise control is fantastic for highway driving. So far it works as advertised and is great to have as my last car didn’t have any updated tech or safety in it. Cons - Interior Rattles. This is by far and away the biggest complaint I have. The driver's side door, steering column and dash all rattle randomly when going over rough roads. Sometimes they don’t, other times it’s very intense, which makes bringing it in for warranty service difficult as it’s not 100% reproducible all the time. I did this once already and I received a hard time from the dealer when asking them to look into this and resolve it. They were able to take care of one in the door, but the dash/steering column are still problematic. I’m going to try a different dealer closer to home and see if they can help. - Reflections from the bright sun. Since the interior is a lot of piano black and glass around the dash and controls, reflections are a serious concern. If the sun is just right, it can cause a glare which can make you want to squint or turn your head out of instinct. - Touchscreen. While I find it works great, it is a fingerprint magnet. It also seems to not be able to absorb and hide gentle surface scratches. You have to be very careful to not touch the screen with anything that could cause a superficial surface scratch. Ride quality is just what I wanted. A middle ground between absorbing all road imperfections and a sporty feel. The car has a nice, heavy stance and handles well when taking corners. As others have pointed out, there is a lack of real power but for the majority of drivers, I don’t foresee it being a big problem. If you need a performance vehicle I’d look elsewhere. Seating room is great, I can fit 4 full sized adults in the car with plenty of space to spare. So far I am happy with my purchase. The pros outweigh the cons and if I can get the rattling taken care of I’d be over the moon. Hopefully, I can get some help from a more friendly and capable dealership.
4 out of 5 stars
Excellent winter weather performance
2.5i Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
This is my first Subaru and there's a lot to like about the 2019 Legacy as well as a few things not to like... but more on that later. It's strong points are pretty obvious and I'm not going to dwell too much on what's already well known about these cars. It's excellent on snow and ice covered roads and it has a great safety record should something go awry. These were my primary … considerations when I purchased the car and I'm perfectly satisfied in these regards. On the subjective side, I find it comfortable, attractive and well equipped for a mid-level trim option. In a nutshell, it's doing exactly what I expected it to do (especially in inclement weather). What I'm not an overly big fan of is the 2.5 boxer and how works with the CVT. Subaru programs their CVT's to simulate shift points which eliminates the droning of other manufactures CVT's and for stop and go traffic it works very well. This starts to fall apart as you enter modest acceleration where the simulated shift points become painfully slow. Think of your grandfather rowing through the gears on his old 3-on-the-tree Dodge Valiant (seriously, this really isn't much of a stretch - under certain acceleration loads it's almost that bad). I can live with it but it's very annoying (and unfortunate) as the CVT eliminates any hope of spirited driving. The 2.5 boxer is also a loud engine that transfers more noise into the cabin than it should, even under light loads... not the exhaust note, but the engine itself. It's not a particularly powerful engine but I do feel it's adequate. With that being said, kudos to Subaru for getting 34 mpg out of a full time AWD car. Some other things you may find annoying are the factory low beam headlight setting. Plan on having the dealer adjust them up a bit and then they're fine (and yes, you can raise them to acceptable levels and not get flashed). My final critique is that even the smallest amount of snow or ice in the wheels and the car develops a vibration from mild to wild. Obviously this can happen to any vehicle but I've never had a car so prone to it. The car wash guy loves me... I've had to make many more trips just to spray the wheels off than every before. In a perfect world, this car would be raised up maybe another 2" for just a bit more ground clearance and come with an inline 2.0T and automatic transmission. Overall this is a very good car and it has no problems excelling in what it was designed to do which is get you and your family comfortably and safely to it's destination in less than ideal conditions.
5 out of 5 stars
Great car for the money
2.5i Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
This is my 3rd legacy and 6th Subaru. If you are a Subaru fan, you know that they aren’t rockets, but that’s not why we love them. This is a solid car and great value. It packs in all the latest safety features, has great visibility, plenty of gadgets (love Apple CarPlay), roominess, and of course AWD. I bought this particular legacy to replace the Outback (another great vehicle) that I … passed on to my teenager driver. If you want a Ferrari experience, this is not the car for you. If you want safe, reliable, practical, a nice look, and decent acceleration, the legacy is definitely worth a look.
4 out of 5 stars
Eighteen months with my Legacy
2.5i Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Biggest quibble is remote starter is not standard equipment! Car has been very comfortable, with phenomenal visibility. The acceleration has been very good, even though it is a relative small engine. All safety features have worked as advertised. I still enjoy owning this car. Entertainment system with Navigation can be problematic at times- sometimes freezes and will not resume until … car is turned off and turned on again. A/C both work adequately, so if you are interested ina really cold or hot car, this isn't it.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Legacy models:
- EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
- Includes a variety of driver aids, including lane departure intervention and emergency automatic braking for imminent front collisions.
- Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
- Sends power to any of the four wheels with the most grip. Keeps the car pointing in the right direction when the roads are wet.
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Warns you if you're about to move into an occupied lane. It's paired with rear cross-traffic alert.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover5 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover10.1%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
More about the 2019 Subaru Legacy
Used 2019 Subaru Legacy Overview
The Used 2019 Subaru Legacy is offered in the following submodels: Legacy Sedan. Available styles include 3.6R Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT), 2.5i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), and 2.5i Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT). Pre-owned Subaru Legacy models are available with a 3.6 L-liter gas engine or a 2.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 256 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Subaru Legacy comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2019 Subaru Legacy comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Subaru Legacy?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Subaru Legacy trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i is priced between $19,999 and$27,998 with odometer readings between 6080 and84770 miles.
- The Used 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited is priced between $25,990 and$30,998 with odometer readings between 9215 and62770 miles.
- The Used 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium is priced between $23,000 and$29,998 with odometer readings between 11457 and89953 miles.
- The Used 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport is priced between $21,998 and$28,995 with odometer readings between 30745 and86543 miles.
- The Used 2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited is priced between $25,074 and$25,074 with odometer readings between 61975 and61975 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Subaru Legacy?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.