2011 Subaru Legacy Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Thanks to the few inches of additional wheelbase the Legacy received in its complete redesign last year, which mostly went to backseat room, the 2011 Subaru Legacy is a very roomy sedan, capable of accommodating four adults in comfort—even for an all-day trip.

The Legacy's front seats are among the better in this class—even the ones you get in base 2.5i models—and they adjust for loads of legroom and have nice, long cushions. A wide range of driver body types will be able to find a comfortable driving position with the tilt/telescopic wheel adjustment. A 6'6" editor found just enough headroom in back and plenty of legroom.

Entry and exit to the back is among the easiest, thanks to a door opening that matches the rear backrest. All the small conveniences are represented as well, with eight cup holders, cubbies in each door, several center console bins, and map pockets, plus an overhead console on all models. We like the standard cloth upholstery, which was comfy without looking too delicate or attracting pet hair. The trunk is absolutely huge—seeming larger than its official 14.7 cubic feet—with a nice big opening, and an easy pull from levers right up near the trunk rim causes the seats to flip forward, creating a flat load surface.

Ride quality in the 2010 Subaru Legacy is excellent and refinement is a huge step forward compared to past models; materials are nice but not spectacular.

Ride quality is good—a bit on the firm side but still comfortable—throughout the model line. The Legacy has 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. Framed doors are a nod to wind-noise reduction.

The only weakness, perhaps, is interior materials. Although the interior on base models is better than most of what you'll find in entry-level Camrys and Fusions, 3.6R models have faux wood and the same hard surfaces that together aren't as convincing. Build quality has been excellent, though, over several test cars.

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