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2009 Subaru Legacy Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Subaru Legacy was new.


Interior: 7.9

Inside, the 2009 Subaru Legacy features an interior that looks great from the driver's seat, but not as enticing from the back seats. Its proportions are comfortable up front, but tight in back, particularly if you try to fit three people, but this is a common complaint for back seats. Its standard feature list is generous, and the cabin generally avoids the hard surfaces that plague some cars in this segment.

  • "The 5-passenger Legacy isn't bold or memorable in its exterior styling, but it is pleasant and attractive. I especially like the car's nimble size -- smaller than a Honda." -- MSN
  • "Combined with the liberal use of quality materials, the Legacy's passenger cabin conveys a solid sense of refinement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Legacy's suave and nicely appointed cabin is a standout in this segment." -- Edmunds


The 2009 Legacy's front seats are comfortable, but its rear seats are tight for a vehicle sold as a family car.

  • "Three adults sit close to each other in the back seat, and the middle person has to arrange his or her legs around a hump in the floor. It's much better back there with only two people." -- MSN
  • "The seats are made of perforated leather that is neither too firm nor too soft." -- Motor Trend (Legacy R)
  • "All seats are comfortable, and the GT's contoured seats offer more lateral support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although there are headrests for three in the back seat, only two should attempt to sit back there because the center position-as is fairly common on many cars these days-is severely shortchanged. Even the outboard positions are tight on headroom, though there's plenty of knee room." --  Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Interior Features

The list of standard equipment on the 2009 Legacy is impressive. Even base 2.5i models include keyless entry, power accessories, air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering column, a trip computer and an MP3/WMA-capable CD stereo, now with nine speakers and an auxiliary input jack. Interior materials in the Legacy are sometimes compared witth those of more expensive cars.

  • "Controls in the Legacy are within easy reach for me, someone 5 feet 4." -- MSN
  • "Hop inside and the inspired styling continues, as the Legacy sports the most visually interesting center stack in its class -- it's even canted toward the driver, an element we'd typically expect to find in a dedicated sports car." -- Edmunds
  • "All gauges on the instrument panel were easy to read. Most dials and buttons were easily reached. Overall interior presentation was attractive." -- Washington Post
  • "Assembly quality has been good on models tested. Interior materials are nothing special given Legacy's near-premium pricing." -- Consumer Guide


Midsize car trunks have been growing in recent years, and without a major change in dimensions since 2003, the Legacy is getting left behind. Its 11.4 cubic feet of space can't compete with 15 cubic-foot offerings from the Ford Fusion and Chevy Malibu. On the plus side, the 2009 Legacy's trunk is easy to load and the interior has several storage cubbies.

  • "The Legacy's trunk is similarly undersized at 11.4 cubic feet, though a ski pass-through and fold-down rear seats help make the most of the car's hauling capacity." -- Edmunds
  • "These sedans have a wide trunk opening and low liftover. The hinges are shrouded to avoid cargo damage, but they take up some space. Standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks fold almost flat." -- Consumer Guide

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