Smartly, Subaru is mostly holding the line on pricing for its Legacy sedan and Outback crossover wagon. The base 2011 Subaru Legacy remains offered with a starting price of less than $20,000. But that base model isn't so barren. For $19,995—or $20,720 including the slightly higher $725 destination charge—you get power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, tilt/telescope steering, a split fold-flat back seat, and a CD/MP3 sound system with auxiliary input and four speakers. New for 2011 are fold-in side mirrors.
For 2011, equipment hasn't changed significantly, but models with the harman kardon sound system now include XM Satellite Radio and a trial subscription.
Further upscale, the 2011 Legacy 2.5i Premium and 3.6R are unchanged, at $20,995 and $24,995, respectively, while the top Legacy 3.6R Limited starts at $28,295. Limited models come loaded with heated mirrors, upgraded wheels and tires, Bluetooth, special perforated-leather power heated seats, dual-zone climate control, a voice-control system, and more.
Subaru has eliminated the Legacy 2.5GT Premium trim and instead offers the sportier turbocharged model only in 2.5GT Limited guise, with its price up $405 to $31,395. Equipment now includes a standard moonroof as well as new carbon-fiber-look dash trim.
The 2011 Subaru Outback is up just $200 from 2010; it now starts at $23,195, or $23,920 including destination. Base sticker of the Outback 2.5i Premium is now at $24,495, while the top Outback 3.6R Limited starts at $31,495.Plus of course both of these models have IIHS Top Safety Pick Status, which this year requires top scores for the new rollover (roof crush) test, along with front, side, and rear tests. ABS, Brake Assist, electronic stability control, front active headrests, and side and side-curtain airbags are also included across both model lines.
As for 2011, 2.5i models include a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed ('flat') four-cylinder engine, while 2.5GT models (Legacy only) get a 265-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged four and 3.6R models have a 256-hp, 3.6-liter flat-six. A six-speed manual is standard on all four-cylinder models, but a CVT is available on 2.5i variants; all 3.6R models come with a five-speed automatic.
For both models, TheCarConnection.com appreciates the roomier, quieter cabin and more refined driving feel versus pre-2010 models, along with acceleration for 2.5GT and 3.6R models. Based on Subaru's astounding sales trajectory, we're betting that shoppers are liking what they see, too.