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STYLING | 8 out of 10
“Bold new design…larger and more refined than the model it replaces”
“Might not be the most exciting midsize sedan, but it looks tasteful and modern”
“Interior design is sleek and sophisticated, but you better like silver paint”
Subaru’s polarizing styling has grown even more so in the last couple years, but the debut of the all-new 2010 Subaru Legacy proves that Subaru’s designers can still turn out a very attractive and attention-getting sedan.
The outgoing 2009 Subaru Legacy didn’t offer much visual panache, so for 2010 Subaru has chosen what JDPower.com reviewers call a “bold new design” for the Legacy lineup. Edmunds describes the 2010 Subaru Legacy as a “five-passenger midsize sedan offered in base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5GT Premium, 2.5GT Limited,” and 3.6R base, Premium, and Limited trim levels. All versions of the Subaru Legacy 2010 lineup feature nearly identical styling, which Automobile Magazine calls “tasteful and modern,” with a style that is “easy to identify…as a Subaru, but the design is generic enough to appeal to most midsize sedan shoppers.” JDPower.com describes some of the more distinctive design elements by noting the “character lines [that] arc from the grille and form power bulges on the hood, tapering off into the A-pillar,” while the “new design incorporates a larger greenhouse, and a shorter deck gives the vehicle a sporty look.”
Not all reviews read by TheCarConnection.com contain positive comments, however; one Cars.com reviewer characterizes the Subaru Legacy’s design as “not so much controversial—that can be a good thing—as simply overwrought, chaotic even.”
Inside the cabin of the 2010 Subaru Legacy Subaru has clearly made an effort to improve the overall styling theme and cabin ergonomics, and the corporate design team has been largely successful. Autoblog says all of the Subaru Legacy’s “controls are easy to reach and intuitive to use, with the exception of a too-crowded and too-low panel that houses the power mirror controls.” There are some competing opinions from Cars.com and Edmunds; the former feels that “the center controls feel needlessly crammed together, and major dials like volume and stereo tuning are too small,” while Edmunds simply states that “the Legacy’s interior design is sleek and sophisticated.”
TheCarConnection.com’s own editors come away impressed with the cabin after their time with the Subaru Legacy 2010 lineup, finding the controls generally easy to use and the cabin extraordinarily comfortable.
The 2009 Subaru Legacy doesn't make a strong statement, but it has a cohesive design that's well executed and nicely detailed inside and out.