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The Legacy has come in a variety of sedan and wagon models including the popular Outback wagon starting in 1996.
Other models over
the years have included the L, LS, LSi, turbo Sport (92-94) etc, most with
the 2.2L engine.
The Legacy Outback introduced in 1996 is now considered a separate line though it is based on the Legacy platform.
All wheel drive became
standard in 1997- front wheel drives were always pretty uncommon anyway.
2007 was the last
year for Legacy wagon, it was dropped for the 08 models. All 2008 and newer
Legacies are sedans, and all Outbacks are wagons.
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all new redesigned 2014-2010 Legacy- 2.5i Premium shown. Azurite blue color was available 2010 and 2011.
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8/13/13 2014 models are pretty much the same as 2013s.
Available late June 2013. The 3.6 Premium is dropped so the only 6
cylinder is the Limited. The 2.5i premium gets an upgraded stereo with
4.3" display screen, Hd radio, and satellite radio (free for 4 months).
Eyesight, now in its 2nd year, is now optional on the Premium model in
addition to the Limited. Its not available on the base or Sport models.
There's a new 17" alloy wheel/fog light package #21 available on the
base 2.5i model. New colors are Tungsten metallic (pale beige, it
replaces caramel brown) and Carbide Gray (replace graphite gray).
The 2015 model next year will be redesigned.
3/30/12 2013 Legacy, some early specs-
gone: GT turbo, 2.5 Premium with manual transmission, 3.6R Premium models dropped.
New 2013 Legacy features include: new 2.5L engine, 2nd generation CVT, upgraded suspension and steering, Eyesight safety system and more
All models get upgraded suspension and steering, brake override system, new front grill, larger fog lights, slightly redesigned headlights, and new alloy wheels.
Limited models get the new Eyesight active cruise control is available on Limited models with moonroof and navigation. This all new system use two forward facing cameras to measure and control distance to the leading car when cruise control is on, it also has lane sway/departure that buzzes a warning when turn signals aren't used, brake activation when an object is in front of the car and an impact is imminent (low speed only, under 20mph)
New colors: twilight blue replaces azurite blue, and venetian red replaces ruby red.
3/30/12 final day for 2012 factory orders for all Outback, Legacy, Forester, and Tribeca models. 2012 orders for Forester, Tribeca, Outback and Legacy end at 3pm today 3/30. This is early for Foresters, perhaps the 2013 model will get some updates (CVT?) in advance of the 2014 make-over. Outback and Legacy manual transmission and 3.6L models had already stopped on 3/6. Dealers will continue to receive 2012s but in diminishing numbers. Low production models will sell out quickly. Subaru already announced 2013 Outback and Legacy details yesterday.
No major changes
2012 arriving at dealers early October.
New stereos include Bluetooth, USB, wireless streaming on all except base models
new Alloy wheel option package on base models includes 17" alloy wheels, fog lights and all weather package for $995 list price
new March 2011 Synthetic oil is now required
on all 2011 models
Synthetic oil is required for optimum engine performance and protection. Conventional oil may be used if synthetic oil is unavailable. Conventional oil may be used if replenishment is needed, but it should be changed to synthetic oil at the next oil change.
Note- your owners manual might not indicate this depending on the printing date. This change was reportedly made around March 2011. Now all 2011 Subarus use Subaru synthetic oil since the 2011 Forester 2.5Ls, and all turbos ( WRX, STI, Forester XT, Legacy GT) have required it since the start of the model run. All 2011 models use 5w-30 except the Forester X which uses 0w-20
2011 maintenance schedule
August 31, 2010- Fold-In
outside mirrors are now available for the 2010 Outback and Legacy!
The non-breakaway power outside mirrors on all 2010 Outback and Legacy
were a source of concern for many people. This was fixed on 2011s, and
now these fold-in mirrors are available as replacement for the 2010s, in
all the colors so no painting is required. Mirrors kits (including left
and right side) are MSRP $199.95 from your local Subaru dealer.
Standard unheated mirror kit is part #SOA635985, Heated mirror kit is part #SOA635086
5/7/10- 2011 Legacy and Outback prices and features released. No major changes or price increases. Destination increased $30. All models get fold-in mirrors, a few new colors, the number of Option Packages is reduced slightly especially on the Premiums. GT Premium model is dropped, the GT Limited is only available with dark gray leather with new silver stitching (taupe leather not available), new carbon-fiber looking dash trim, and the moonroof is now standard on the GT. The Harman/Kardon stereo gets XM radio (+$300), the optional Moonroof Package includes a new auto dimming mirror/compass/Homelink with back-up camera. Navigation now includes the auto dimming mirror/compass/homelink.Still no Memory Seat on any model. Other changes, and there are sure to be some, will be noted as the cars arrive starting in June.
Hundreds of choices of 2011 models: There are 9 2011 Legacy models with 22 Option Packages and 8 colors for a total of 176 possible model, transmission and color combinations, plus 3 PZEV emission models with 9 Option Packages with 8 colors for another 72 combinations, plus there are many individual options and upgrades. So dealers might not always have what you want. A factory order can take 6-12 weeks +/-.
4/19 Outback and Legacy
model information released. Early information only and orders accepted.
No feature changes, prices, or specs announced yet, so no word on fold-in
mirrors for example or any other changes/upgrades for the 2011s.
The 2011 Legacy model line seems to remain much the same with 2 less Option Packages, and no GT Premium model. The models are 2.5i manual or CVT, Premium manual or CVT, Limited CVT, GT Limited manual, 3.6R 5AT, 3.6R Premium 5AT, 3.6R Limited 5AT. GT Premium model dropped. New Caramel Bronze Pearl color replaces Harvest Gold.
8/27/09 Top Safety Pick- 2010 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback are the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's newest Top Safety Pick award winners. "To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute's front, side, and rear tests and be equipped with electronic stability control. Criteria to win are tough because the award is intended to drive continued safety improvements such as top crash test ratings and the rapid addition of electronic stability control, which is standard on the Legacy and Outback." IIHS.org
6/24/09 2010s now arriving on car lots. All new and redesigned, slightly larger, more rear seat room, 3.6L 6 cylinder (used in the Tribeca) replaces 3.0L. 2 new transmissions for the 2.5L models- 6 speed manual and CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic. All GTs are now manual. Premium models are available with a number of 'Option Packages' Prices announced 4/29. Production started early May. 2.5i list price drops $800, no change for the 10 2.5i Limited. The new 6 speed GT Limited is up $1100 but the Legacy 3.6L Ltd drops $1570. Production starts 3/27 in Lafayette. Announced 6/18/09, EPA fuel economy ratings for the new CVT is 23/31, combined 26. That's a major improvement over the old 4 speed automatic.
March 2009, 2010
Legacy info released late March. All new and redesigned 2010 Legacy
first showing will be at the NY Int't Auto Show in April. Larger inside
but 1" shorter overall! Taller, more rear seat legroom, slightly more ground
clearance. The 4 cylinder has new 6 speed manual or automatic CVT
transmissions. The 3.6L from the Tribeca replaces the 3.0L. Turbo GT is
a manual transmission only. Framed windows are a first for the Legacy
and Outback. Cars expected in June-July?
all new 2010 midsize Legacy sedan is longer, wider. taller, faster,
and has new more fuel efficient 6 speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions.
All 2010 Legacy and Outback 5th generation models are all new and completely redesigned. New body, new interiors, new tranmissions, new engines, pretty much new everything...
The 2010 Legacy Model Line- the overall Legacy sedan line remains similar to previous years, with 4 cylinder, turbo and 6 cylinder models.
4 cylinder- there are 3 models, a base 2.5i, mid-range Premium (replaces SE), and top of the line Limited.
4 cylinder turbo GT models. The GT specB performance model is dropped! All 10 GTs will have a 6 speed manual transmission, with no automatic available in the GT. There are 2 models- Premium and Limited. Turbo unit moved to lower front center (see image above)
6 cylinder. New 3.6R models have the larger 3.6L engine used in the Tribeca. It has good power and runs on regular gas and is very a welcome upgrade! There are 3 3.6R models- the base 3.6R, a new mid-range 3.6R Premium model, and top of the line 3.6R Limited.
2010 Legacy highlights.
The cars are a bit larger and have a nice more open and spacious feel inside. Interior space has increased but the overall length and size has not gone up dramatically. There's a lot more back seat room (that's a good thing), the front seats are a bit wider and perhaps even softer (thank you) etc. All carefully done to maximize the available space in a mid-size car but not lose the quality, comfort and driving traits that have made the Legacy a great choice since 1990.
Frames doors- all models have framed doors. If you're familiar with the Legacy/Outback line from 1990-2009, you know the windows were always 'frameless', now all models will have frames. This adds rigidity and hopefully will reduce that ever-present wind noise from the outside mirror area that Subarus have been prone to.
Huh? For some reason the outside mirrors don't fold-away but perhaps that will change.
Option Packages. A new way of doing things. It's almost impossible to have the exact right car for every buyer. There are just too many possible combinations, some features sell here, others sell there- popularity can be based on region and driving conditions, like warm vs cold climate, wet vs dry, city vs country, lots of snow vs no snow.
Starting with the 10 models, Subaru is offering models with 'Option Package' upgrades. The 'Option Packages' are all described below. What this means for the buyer are more choices.
For example, on previous mid-range SE models, the All Weather Package has been standard. Like it or not, you got heated seats etc. Starting with 2010, it's an option. While I personally would want it, not everyone does- some want to save money, others live in warm climates where All Weather Pkgs and heated seats are silly.
Tall people don't like sunroofs (less headroom), other people really like them. The Sunroof is now an option on the mid-range Premium where it was not available at all before, and is an option on the Limited model where is previously was standard.
Patience. please understand that with all the choices now offered, dealers may not carry in-stock the particular combination you want and will have to order it for you. Be patient.
Hill Holder and Electronic Parking Brake (with auto release): standard features on all models include a Hill Holder to help hold the car when starting on a hill, and an electronic parking brake system which eliminates a manual brake (no foot or hand brake).
Laser cut keys. There is finally a key lock cylinder to open the trunk. The lock is out of sight under the lip, but it there and easy to use. 18.5 gallon tank replaces the 16.9 gallon tank.
- All 2.5L 4 cylinder models (not turbo) come with either a new 6 speed
manual which replaces the 5 speed manual, or a new automatic Lineartronic
CVT (continuously variable transmission) with paddle shifters and 6 'gears'.
The CVT gets mush better fuel economy (23/31mpg) than the old 4speed automatic
it replaces that has been used for years (and years)..
12/5/05 Crash test
Legacy is a 'Top Safety Pick' Gold Award winner from Insureance Institiute
for Highway Safety. iihs.org. Top Safety Pick winners reflect an elite
fraction of the car market.