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2010 Subaru Legacy

2010 Subaru Legacy

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2010 Subaru Legacy

2010 Subaru Legacy

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2010 Subaru Legacy

2010 Subaru Legacy

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2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R

2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R

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While suspension tuning is essentially similar between all three models, there are wheel and tire differences that give each model a slightly different feel. Base models feel light and nimble, as do 2.5GT models, while the 3.6R feels a little bit heftier, with a more nose-heavy feel in sharp corners. Push the Legacy hard into a corner and there's some body lean, yet the suspension maintains grip beyond expectation; it's tough to upset the sedan's poise—especially in inclement weather—and in the best road conditions there's surprisingly little nosedive in hard braking or front-end lift in hard acceleration. All three models have quicker-ratio steering that feels boosted just right for most drivers, along with a supple ride that soaks up small imperfections, potholes, and general coarseness, and relative to its predecessor and most other mid-size sedans the new Legacy's cabin has very little road noise.

It proved difficult to find anything but a few minor issues with the new 2010 Legacy. In shifting to fifth gear on manual models, our knuckles several times hit the ill-placed hazard button (we feel the need for a short-shift kit), and a Bluetooth hands-free interface isn't offered on the base model—at a time when driver-handheld phones are quickly becoming illegal.

Most models in the Legacy lineup have gained standard equipment yet fallen in price. 3.6R models have dropped well over a grand, and throughout the entire model line standard features include a telescopically adjustable steering wheel, an overhead console, keyless entry, steering-wheel audio controls, and an electronically operated parking brake with a Hill Holder that works uphill or downhill. Worth checking out are the new 440-watt premium Harmon Kardon audio system and a new voice-activated navigation system with USB and iPod interfacing and Bluetooth streaming audio. For more detail about features, along with more photos, specs, and other news, you'll definitely want to check out our freshly posted Bottom Line on the 2010 Subaru Legacy.

The previous Legacy, while a popular choice in a few markets, was mainly a niche player. But with lower prices, more room, and higher standards of refinement, much improved fuel economy from the new CVT, and better performance from the turbo and six-cylinder engines—and all-wheel drive on all the models—the new 2010 Legacy is on its way to take on the mid-size mainstream without forgetting about Subie fans.


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Comments (5)
  1. Wow...what's up with that shifter?
     
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  2. Wanta bet it has to do with the fact that the original Asian designers and testers drove from the starboard side?
     
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  3. That is a very thorough review. As a former car tester, I am impressed. I think you convinced me that the new Legacy is more attractive than the Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus competition on any basis other than luxury.
     
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  4. Did Subaru lure the designer of the Chrysler Sebring to head up the new Legacy? This car is a dead ringer for the Sebring, especially the front. I suspect it will be as successful as the Sebring - fleet sales only.
     
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  5. to Paul B.
    Subaru Legacy in no way can be compared to Sebring. I have not heard about Subaru selling its vehicles to any fleets. The only resemblence with Sebring is exterior look. Although Sebring is crappy vehicle its exterior design reflects the latest trends in the automobile fashion.
    I still drive 2003 Legacy and extremely satisfied with its reliability.
    I find this new Legacy really attractive.
     
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