2010 Subaru Legacy
Subaru is one of the few car companies not recording major sales declines because of the economy. One reason is the popularity of their redesigned 2009 Forrester. And this car may prove to be another, the all-new for 2010, the Subaru Legacy, the brands largest family sedan.
The fifth generation Legacy sports a redesigned platform that is stiffer, and larger in every direction, with 3 inches of added wheelbase.
The really noticed the extra wheelbase inside, where rear legroom is up 4 inches. Overall the passenger envelope is now larger than the best selling Toyota Camry.
The new Legacy’s styling is more evolutionary, defined by wraparound “hawk-eye” headlamps, and a more upright grille.
Standard all-wheel drive power comes from revised boxer engines: a base 170 horsepower 2.5-liter, a 265 horsepower 2.5 turbo similar to the one used in the WRX, and a 256 horsepower 3.6-liter six-cylinder.
The turbo 4 is only available with a manual, while the standard engine can be ordered with a new chain-driven CVT automatic with manual shift mode.
A new double-wishbone rear suspension allows for a supple ride and good tracking in corners, despite quite a bit of lean.
New Legacy standards includes a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and Hill Holder with class first electronic parking brake.
Available high end amenities include a Harmon-Kardon audio system, voice-activated GPS navigation, and a rear-view backup camera.
On sale now, the new Legacy is also priced less than last year, starting around $20,000.
265 horsepower2.5 turbo
256 horsepower3.6-liter six
Starting around $20,000