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Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Impressive performance
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Upscale interior
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Small back seat and trunk

New for 2009

  • Electronic stability control became standard (except on 2.5 GT models with a manual transmission)




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.7
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2009 Subaru Legacy Overview

The 2009 Subaru Legacy is a good 2009 midsize car for drivers who take the occasional trip off the beaten path. When it was new, test drivers liked the grip from the Legacy’s standard all-wheel drive system, saying that it was ideal for bad weather, as well as trips that extend beyond the pavement. They also praised the Legacy for its powerful engine lineup, athletic handling and upscale cabin. The 2009 Legacy also has excellent safety scores.

The Subaru Legacy’s main drawback is its subpar fuel economy ratings of up to 20/27 mpg city/highway. With standard all-wheel drive, all three engines get poor fuel economy when compared with rival midsize cars. Test drivers also disliked the Legacy’s cramped back seat and small trunk, which might make it less-than-ideal for families who need lots of room. 

The 2009 Subaru Legacy is available with three engines: a flat four-cylinder engine, a turbocharged flat-four and a flat-six. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while four- and five-speed automatics and a six-speed manual are also available depending on the trim level. Six airbags and anti-lock brakes were standard on the 2009 Legacy. Electronic stability control came standard on most models, though navigation was only available on certain trims.

See the full 2009 Subaru Legacy specs »

Other Cars to Consider

Like the Legacy, the highly-ranked 2009 Ford Fusion has sporty handling and brisk acceleration. Though not standard, all-wheel drive can be found on V6-powered Fusions. Unlike the Legacy, the Fusion’s back seat and trunk are plenty big for families. 

Auto critics agreed that the 2009 Mazda6 was one of the most fun-to-drive midsize cars when it was new, thanks to its athletic handling and strong available V6 engine. The Mazda6 doesn’t have all-wheel drive, but its sleek exterior helps it stand out from a class of boring-looking sedans. If you need room for your family, the Mazda6 has a large back seat and one of the biggest trunks in the class, unlike the Legacy. The Mazda6’s fuel economy is slightly better than the Legacy’s, but the Legacy’s fuel economy takes a hit due to its all-wheel drive.

Compare the Legacy to the Fusion and Mazda6 »

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