TheCarConnection.com has driven several different variants of the new 2010 Subaru Legacy—ranging from the base 2.5i to a loaded 3.6R Limited—and bring you an overall assessment here. In order to bring you the most information possible, and hit any additional points that might prove useful, TheCarConnection.com has also studied up on what other experts have said and highlights them in a Full Review.
The mid-size Subaru Legacy sedan has been completely redesigned for 2010, and it's grown larger inside and out, including a refreshed powertrain lineup, with upgraded engines in the turbocharged 2.5GT and six-cylinder 3.6R models. While the outgoing Legacy could trace a few of its components all the way back to 1989, the new version is built on a new platform, based somewhat on the Impreza and WRX, and shares nothing with the 2009 model.
At first glance, there's no mistaking that the new 2010 Subaru Legacy is larger and more substantial. Compared to the '09 model, the 2010 Legacy is just 1.4 inches longer, but it's nearly four inches wider, three inches taller, and has a wheelbase that's been stretched by more than three inches. The Legacy has a completely new profile, with a rakish snout and arched roofline that tapers down to a short, tall decklid. A thin strip of chrome brightwork accents the arch and tucks down to the back door. Aggressively lipped wheel wells keep the Legacy from appearing too slab-sided, while two character creases help give the design some cohesion—one running from the edge of the winged chrome grille through the hood to the front pillars, the other running from the broad, well-detailed headlamps, skirting the front wheel well and further defining the beltline.