2011 Subaru Legacy Styling

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With the Legacy's complete redesign last year, Subaru's mid-size sedan grew several inches in most directions, with its proportions and stance becoming much more in line with segment best-sellers like the Honda Accord or Nissan Altima.

Whether you choose the base 2.5i model or the top-of-the-line 3.6R, you won't see much difference from a distance. At first glance, it looks larger and more substantial, and there's noticeably more visual pinache inside and out. At the front, a rakish snout and arched roofline taper 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.

Inside, the Legacy breaks away from the cabin designs of other current Subaru vehicles like the smaller Impreza family, or Forester or Tribeca crossovers. The design includes an upright center stack with a metallic-look finish flanked by vents that almost echo the winged, upward theme of the grille and headlights, with the audio system placed high. At the front, close to the driver's field of vision is a trip computer, and the instruments themselves are simple, with nice, round gauges.

The 2011 Subaru Legacy has a cohesive design inside and out and is nicely detailed, but it's not particularly attention-getting.

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