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8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 10.0
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2010 Subaru Legacy Review

The 2010 Subaru Legacy stands out with exceptional safety scores and standard all-wheel drive. After a full redesign for 2010, auto reviewers agreed that the Legacy’s larger interior and higher-quality materials make it a great choice, but cheap interior materials may give some shoppers pause.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Competitive fuel economy with CVT
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Some reviewer complaints of cheap interior materials
  • Sloppy six-speed manual transmission

2010 Subaru Legacy Overview

The 2010 Subaru Legacy was completely redesigned for 2010, and test drivers said Subaru addressed many of the previous model’s flaws by upgrading cabin materials and boosting fuel economy. Add-in the new-for-2010 continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the Legacy has impressive fuel economy, especially considering its standard all-wheel drive system. The 2010 Subaru Legacy is larger than the 2009 model, and reviewers liked the increase in passenger space. They also praised the revised engine lineup, saying that the Legacy was offered plenty of power, as well as athletic and enjoyable handling. Add in standard all-wheel drive and auto critics agreed that the 2010 Legacy has some unique attributes when compared with rival 2010 midsize cars.

The 2010 Legacy is available with a flat-four, a turbocharged flat-four or a flat-six engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic and CVT are also available, depending on the trim level. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control are standard on the 2010 Legacy. An auxiliary input jack is standard, and when it was new, the Legacy could be equipped with features like heated front seats, Bluetooth, a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, navigation and a USB port. 

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Other Cars to Consider

If all-wheel drive is on your must-have list, the 2010 Ford Fusion is worth a look. Though AWD isn’t standard on the Fusion, it was optional on models with a V6 engine when it was new. However, the AWD Fusion can’t match the Legacy’s fuel economy ratings. Like the Legacy, the Fusion has crisp handling and good engine power.

The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi is a little smaller than the Legacy, but its available all-wheel drive and upscale interior make it a good option. When the Kizashi was new, test drivers said it had the sportiest suspension in the class, and many said it was the most exciting to drive. Unlike the Legacy, the Kizashi only has a four-cylinder engine, so V6 shoppers are out of luck. Among 2010 affordable midsize cars though, test drivers said it had the strongest four-cylinder in the class.

Compare the Legacy to the Fusion and Kizashi »

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