2013 Subaru Legacy Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

For occupants and their gear, the latest Legacy offers lots of room, combined with a refined ride, although interior materials are a weakness compared to most of its competitive set.

The 2013 Legacy can easily accommodate four full-size adults in comfort, even during a long road trip, and there's enough legroom and headroom for taller riders in back. As well, rear doors open with a wide opening that makes getting in and out especially easy. The front seats are among the best in the class--even those in the base model, which are covered this year in new and more upscale seat fabric--and have long lower cushions, an area in which some sedans cheat for extra legroom.

Interior materials feel somewhat plain compared to other some other sedans in this class, but the ride quality is refined and comfortable.

Ride quality in the Legacy is firm but just supple enough for most surfaces, and the cabin is as quiet as most affordable mid-size sedans, with potholes, road-surface imperfections, and general coarseness mostly filtered out. With eight cup holders, cubbies in the doors, map pockets and console bins, and an overhead console for sunglasses on all models, there's also plenty of space for smaller items, and the trunk itself is quite spacious.

Our one concern with the Legacy is the plainness of some interior materials. Subarus have never been the most luxurious of vehicles; there's a profusion of hard plastic that works fine on the base model, but the much more expensive 3.6R doesn't quite feel appointed in a way that matches its premium price. We've found build quality to be excellent, however.

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