2009 Subaru Legacy Review

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The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.

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The Subaru Legacy allows both all-weather capability and a sportier character than most other mid-size sedans. For 2009 Subaru boosted its all-wheel-drive Legacy sedan lineup by adding a second six-cylinder model, the new 3.0R, and several other models get increased standard equipment.

The 2009 2.5i and 2.5i Limited models pick up a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed ("flat") four. Models with the base engine have either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. With the base engine, the 2009 Subaru Legacy has adequate power when carrying a light load, but if you plan on hauling a lot of stuff or driving in the mountains, the engine can feel taxed. It's made worse by the four-speed automatic, which can shift abruptly and has rather widely spaced gears.

The 2.5 GT Limited and Spec.B models upgrade to a high-performance turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four making 243 horsepower. Turbo models have either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, which comes with Sportshift paddle shifters and a rev-matching downshift throttle-blipping feature for performance driving. The turbocharged engine in the GT Limited and Spec.B is the most responsive, with none of the turbo lag that sometimes plagues turbos, but the six is the smoothest and most refined.

At the top there's a 245-horsepower, 3.0-liter flat-six powering the 3.0 R Limited. The six-cylinder engine comes with just the five-speed automatic. 2009 Subaru Legacy models with the turbocharged four or the six-cylinder engine get SI-DRIVE, a system that has three different modes that allow throttle response, transmission shift, and other characteristics to change from smooth to sharp as desired.

Handling is especially sharp in GT Spec.B models, though not at the expense of comfort. The 2009 Subaru Legacy Spec.B model brings additional performance hardware to bring better handling and get the most out of the turbo engine's additional power. The functional extras include a Bilstein sport suspension, larger brakes, summer performance tires, a heavy-duty gearbox, four-pinion front differential, and rear Torsen limited-slip differential; these are joined by other extras, including a moonroof, fog lamps, heated mirrors, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, a navigation system, and many appearance enhancements.

Top 3.0R models see many of these same improvements, plus the flat-six engine. Even in one of the less expensive models, the 2009 Subaru Legacy handles very well on the road, with crisp, rather communicative steering and not much body lean. Ride comfort is quite good as well, but road noise can be an issue inside on coarse road surfaces.

Seating in the Legacy is comfortable in front, though front-seat occupants might find headroom tight. Overall, the interior is rather basic but attractive with matte-metallic materials and mid-grade plastics; there are no overt luxury pretenses here, except in the top 2009 Subaru Legacy models, which pile on the convenience features and upgrades.

Anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, and active front head restraints are all included. Electronic stability control isn't available on much of the line, but it's included in the GT Spec.B and 3.0R. The 2009 Subaru Legacy is one of the safest sedans of any size or price; it receives top five-star results from the federal government in both frontal and side-impact tests, as well as straight "good" ratings (the best possible) from the IIHS for frontal, side, and rear impact.

The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is now standard on the 2.5i models, and all Legacys, except the base 2.5i, receive a new 385-watt Harman Kardon audio system

Some of the latest expected tech features, such as a Bluetooth interface, an iPod interface, and live traffic updates aren't available on the Legacy.

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April 10, 2015
For 2009 Subaru Legacy

My first Subaru, not my last.

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This has to be the safest and most reliable car I have owned. I purchased this car new and have driven about 65,000 miles. I've had no issues with it, never been stranded or broken down. Other than normal... + More »
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April 8, 2017
2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

Well rounded Car

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I've really enjoyed my Legacy. I looked at ranking and reviews of other mid sized cars, but went with the Legacy because of the strong resell value and awd. I really like the simplicity of the interior-I don't... + More »
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October 8, 2016
2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

I would buy it again.

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So far so good. I'm getting 29.4 AVG MPG good space, safety and comfort are a 5. Just go drive it and you'll see.
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September 28, 2016
2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited

Best all wheel car around

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We bought our car two weeks ago and are both enjoying riding around in it. It is a very nice looking car and handles very good on the road We bought the 2.5 and are very happy with it. Got 29.5 MPG on the... + More »
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December 20, 2016
2016 Subaru Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i

Really good car

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We got it for the safety features, and not only do we feel safe, we find them very convenient. We have taken two long trips and found the car very comfortable. I can drive it for ten hours easily. The... + More »
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January 9, 2016
2016 Subaru Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Premium PZEV

Best bang for the buck in mid-size sedans

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We've had our '16 Legacy Premium about six weeks now, and are still impressed with the quality, features , and value. Our '04 Outback, which we still have, continues to soldier on, as it has become my work... + More »
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November 18, 2015
2016 Subaru Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Premium

State of the art safety features makes this car desirable for senior drivers.

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The Legacy has all the features I was looking for in a new car. It has decent acceleration, good gas mileage, and adequate trunk space. The safety features were outstanding. As a senior driver, I need all the... + More »
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May 15, 2016
2015 Subaru Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Premium PZEV

My Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5i with EyeSight and PZEV

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Pros: A competent vehicle in good and bad weather. Excellent ride quality, equal to some luxury cars. Reliability has been excellent so far, but I have only 10k miles on the odometer. Fuel economy is... + More »
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May 9, 2016
2015 Subaru Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Premium PZEV

This car is a secret to most buyers. It has style ,comfort , great gas mileage. If looking for a mid size car give it a test drive you will be suprised.

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The Subaru dealer was in the auto park with Ford Chevrolet Chrysler dealers. It gave me the chance to test drive and compare 4 comparable cars without driving all over town. For my car buying dollar the Subaru... + More »
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April 4, 2016
2015 Subaru Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Limited

LONG TIME SUBARU OWNER

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I have owned a 2007 Forreste LL Bean ,then a 2011 Outback Wagon Limited. There were a few short coeing though. The engine was noisey on exceleration and the NVH needed work. I read the reviews on the 2015... + More »
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