The 2012 Subaru Legacy comes with a few revised options packages and a handful of new features. Our best pick for value remains the base 2.5i model, which is a remarkable bargain at a starting price of $20K (plus $1,000 if you want the higher gas mileage of the continuously-variable transmission). The base car includes power locks, windows, and mirrors (which also fold back); cruise control; air conditioning; a steering wheel that telescopes as well as tilts; split-folding rear seatbacks; keyless entry; and steering-wheel audio controls.
The three trim levels are base, Premium, and Limited. For 2012, Subaru has added an optional new Alloy Wheel Package to the base 2.5i model. It includes 16-inch alloy wheels, along with fog lights and all the equipment in the All-Weather Package previously offered only on higher trim levels. Reflecting Subaru's cold-weather state popularity, that package provides two-stage heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and de-icing for the windshield wipers.
The standard audio offering in the 2.5i is a four-speaker AM/FM/CD system. For Premium models, a new six-speaker AM/FM/CD system is now standard, including Bluetooth for audio streaming and phone connectivity, a USB port, an auxiliary jack, iPod control, and wiring for XM satellite radio (which is a dealer-installed option). A Harman/Kardon display audio system is standard on Limited models (and optional for Premium cars as well). It adds to the Premium system a 4.3-inch display, standard XM satellite and HD radio, and provides nine speakers, including a subwoofer.
Turbocharged 2.5GT models are now offered only in the well-equipped 2.5GT Limited trim. That provides chrome exhaust tips, a power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, a power driver's seat, and the 440-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system. The moonroof is also optional on other Premium models of the Legacy. A voice-activated navigation system—we consider it to be one of the better ones on the market—is optional only on Limited models, and includes a backup camera for reversing.