Last year the Subaru Legacy was updated slightly, but its shape didn’t become any less conservative. “True, it's not a groundbreaking design, and it even bears some of the quirks that have come to characterize Subaru, such as a chunky hood scoop,” Edmunds says. “But the Legacy does possess a more metropolitan character than in generations past,” they note. Autoblog reports that "sheetmetal up front was the biggest change...the Legacy got a new, bigger, chromed-up grille; restyled bumpers front and rear with shorter overhangs; and new headlights and taillights." The rear end now has “smaller taillights [with] chrome borders," according to Cars.com. They add, “In lieu of the three-piece winged grille splayed across the Impreza sedan and B9 Tribeca SUV, the Legacy offers a more conservative, single-piece grille bisected by a winged crossbar.”
Edmunds says the interior style is “competitive with more expensive European marques.” According to Autoblog, the Subaru interior "has a redesigned instrument panel and revised interior fabrics.” The "decidedly sporty three-spoke steering wheel, metallic trim and crisp, contemporary styling" impresses 2009 Subaru reviewers at Kelley Blue Book. At Motor Trend, the artificial "wood trim that wraps around the lower dashboard and center console is the only letdown" when it comes to this Subaru 2009's interior. They "would have much preferred brushed aluminum to the fake, plasticky-looking rosewood," but add that the 2009 Subaru Legacy's "gorgeous black-faced gauges with white numbering and red needles make it easy to forgive the other minor shortcomings."