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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
decent-quality materials and comfortable seats
Wind rush is well squelched, even at highway speeds.
the dash panels weren’t padded — something the panels in nearly every competitor short of the rental-grade Dodge Avenger are
"Pleasantly firm" are the words that best describe the Legacy's suspension tuning
finally, a car for adults in back as well as in front
The 2014 Subaru Legacy provides a roomy interior and good ride quality along with its good roadholding, but its interior materials aren't quite up to the standard of top-end models from some competitors.
The Legacy has a particularly large rear cabin, accommodating four full-size adults comfortably over long road trips--and making it easy for them to get in and out too, through large rear-door openings. Rear headroom and legroom dimensions are among the highest in any mid-size sedan, and the front seats are some of the best in any mass-market sedan. They received a new, more upscale fabric pattern last year--no more Granny's brocade chair lookalike--and the lower cushions are long, a blessing for tall occupants.
Cabin noise is well suppressed in the Legacy under most circumstances, filtering out coarse road surfaces, broken pavement, and potholes well. The ride is on the firm side, but remains supple enough for comfort. Subaru has provided plenty of bins, pockets, cubbies, and cup holders for all the miscellanea that drivers and passengers bring with them, and the trunk is spacious as well.
If the Legacy has a weak point, it's simply the plain materials used in the cabin. Subarus are first and foremost practical vehicles, and straightforward, non-luxe cabin materials suit most buyers just fine. Much of the interior is hard plastic, which is acceptable for base models starting just over $20,000. But with the larger engine and Limited trim level, that's a letdown for a car with a premium price--and, frankly, the interior pales badly in comparison to competitors like the Ford Fusion.
All Subaru Legacies sold in the U.S. are built in Indiana; build quality is excellent, in our experience.
The 2014 Subaru Legacy gets high marks for interior room and ride quality, but its interior is on the plain side.