2008 Subaru Legacy

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2008 Subaru Legacy Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Subaru Legacy was new.

The Legacy delivers quick acceleration, interior comfort and all-weather safety, but can't match the body-styling and overall value of others in its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Turbo-charged four-cylinder offers impressive acceleration
  • All-wheel drive system provides reliable performance in most weather conditions
  • Comfortable front cabin comprised of quality materials
  • Long list of standard safety features instill confidence
  • Insurance Institute "Top Safety Pick"
  • Small backseat not suitable for most adults
  • Handsome but bland exterior style
  • Somewhat pricey compared to other family sedans

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Subaru Legacy has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 68 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.5
Safety: 9.8
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2008 Subaru Legacy Overview

Despite a cramped backseat and plain exterior, the 2008 Subaru Legacy performs smoothly, has a history of reliability and is equipped with an impressive list of safety features. According to our analysis, the Legacy's quality performance and regard for safety make it a high-scoring affordable midsize sedan. But for all the praise on the Legacy's performance and practicality, its price tag scares many away. It has one of the highest MSRPs of our ranked affordable midsize sedans. Also, if fuel efficiency is first and foremost on your mind, you should know all-wheel drive can sap fuel.

Although the Legacy carries over to 2008 with few changes, it did add an additional trim to its line up. Now Subaru offers five trims for the Legacy: the 2.5i Special Edition, the 2.5i Limited, the 2.5 GT Limited, the 2.5 GT spec.B and the brand new 3.0 R Limited. There are also three engine options, including a turbo-charged four-cylinder.

Are you interested in an affordable midsize sedan but not sure the Subaru Legacy is right for you? Consider the Honda Accord -- another top-rated sedan on our list that also received the Insurance Institute's "Top Safety Pick" distinction.

  • "We thought the Legacy was a most pleasant car and very much liked the all-wheel drive. In fact, it was one of the best Suby's we have driven, but it still came up shy of our class leader here, the Honda Accord." -- MarketWatch
  • "The styling was somewhere north of vanilla. I had no problems with that. The car was an easy driver. The women loved it. That made the 2008 Subaru Legacy 3.0 R Limited sedan all right with me." -- Washington Post
  • "The 2008 Subaru Legacy 3.0 R Limited makes for a good car in a variety of driving conditions, but its cabin tech tops out at a decent navigation system, with only a passable stereo." -- CNET
  • "This surprising Subaru fills a niche -- well-equipped, practical-size sedan with plenty of pop, with a signature logo that's uncommon enough on the roadways to make your ride somewhat unique." -- Sacramento Bee
  • "All in all, I don't think the 3.0R justifies its $32k asking price. I still love the Legacy -- just not this Legacy." -- About.com
  • Following a test drive with a Legacy sedan and the Subaru Outback, Popular Mechanics writes, "Overall, we liked both vehicles. They were fun to drive, comfortable and very functional." -- Popular Mechanics

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