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2012 Subaru Legacy Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Subaru Legacy was new.


Interior: 7.8

Most auto reviewers like the interior in the 2012 Subaru Legacy, saying it is upscale and classy. On the other hand, a few test drivers dislike the Legacy’s lack of interior style and note a few areas where they thought the fit and finish was poor.

The Legacy’s seats get high marks from reviewers for being especially spacious and comfortable. The trunk gets dinged for being smaller than other cars in the class, but test drivers like that it’s easy to load. The 2012 Legacy doesn’t come with as many standard tech features as other affordable midsize cars, so buyers have to upgrade to get things like Bluetooth and satellite radio.

  • "The Subaru Legacy's interior design is sleek and sophisticated, but some might find the overabundance of silver paint unattractive. Though the interior plastics look upscale, most of them are hard to the touch and lack a premium feel found in some competing models." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin decor is par for the midsize-car course, with lots of hard plastic and few soft surfaces. Still, the base Legacy interior doesn't look cheap, and the faux-metal trim adds a touch of class. The Limited models add leather upholstery for a more up-market look." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The cockpit is comfortable but not particularly stylish or modern. There are few quality complaints too, like the uneven, gaping fits where the steering wheel hub meets the two horizontal spokes." -- Automobile Magazine


Auto critics agree that the seats in the 2012 Subaru Legacy are comfortable and spacious. They say that not only are the front seats roomy enough for tall drivers and passengers, but the back seats also have ample legroom and headroom. Cloth, manually-adjustable seats are standard, and buyers can upgrade to leather-trimmed seat material, as well as heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

  • "The front seat has excellent headroom, with or without the sunroof, and legroom is outstanding, even for those well over 6-feet tall." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats are comfortable, with plenty of headroom and rear seat legroom." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2012 Subaru Legacy doesn’t have as many standard features as other affordable midsize cars. Cruise control, an auxiliary audio jack, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and audio system with a CD player come standard, but shoppers have to upgrade to higher trim levels or add optional features to get things like dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a USB jack and satellite radio. The Kia Optima, for example, has standard satellite radio, USB and auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth and a cooling glove box.

Test drivers say that the base audio system in the Legacy is subpar, and recommend upgrading to the optional Harman Kardon system if you value a good sound system in your car. Some reviewers dislike the optional navigation system’s confusing, small controls, while others say it is easy to use.

  • "We've found that the nav system's functionality is hampered by fussy controls and small touchscreen icons; also noteworthy is the poor sound quality from the base audio system. We highly recommend the Premium trim or available Harman Kardon upgrade if audio quality is a priority." -- Edmunds
  • "The main gauge cluster is easy to read, but not so the too-small central dash-top readout for outside temperature, clock, and fuel economy. Standard climate system places controls conveniently high and close to the driver. The available navigation system does not complicate controls." -- Consumer Guide


The 2012 Subaru Legacy offers 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Although this is an average size for an affordable midsize car, others offer bigger trunks. Reviewers say that the Legacy’s big trunk opening and elongated shape make it easy to load cargo into.

  • "The trunk is surprisingly long, and despite some wheel-well intrusion, decently wide. Useful under-floor storage is an added bonus." -- Consumer Guide

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