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2013 Subaru Legacy Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Subaru Legacy was new.


Interior: 7.5

Many auto critics think the cabin in the 2013 Subaru Legacy is average for the class. A few like the upscale trims and materials, while others note a few areas where they think the fit and finish are subpar.

  • The Subaru Legacy's interior design is sleek and sophisticated, although some of the hard materials lack the premium feel found in competing models." -- Edmunds
  • "The spacious interior in the 2013 Subaru Legacy is elegant in both its design and function." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Where the Legacy really shows its dated attire is up front. The slew of textured, hard-plastic surfaces trying to look like something they're not (note the faux wood trim on the dash and doors and the faux brushed aluminum on the center stack) is a disappointment in a car priced at more than $33,000. … Families, however, might appreciate how easy they are to wipe clean." -- Cars.com
  • "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 (2012)
  • "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 (2011)


Most reviewers agree that the Subaru Legacy’s seats are roomy and comfortable, both in the front and back, though one says the Legacy can’t handle family duty like rivals with larger back seats can. Leather-trimmed seats and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are available, and heated front seats are available as part of the all-weather package.

  • "The Legacy has an enormous capacity for rear seat passengers." -- Autoblog
  • "The front seats are superbly comfortable and, on all but the base model, include one of the best driver-seat lumbar supports we've tested. Legroom and headroom are excellent front and rear, and split-folding rear seats expand the cargo space from large to huge." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Legacy can function fine for a small family, but it really isn't optimal for family hauling due to a lack of backseat usability." -- Cars.com
  • "The seats are comfortable, with plenty of headroom and rear seat legroom, although this expansive feeling doesn't extend to the trunk." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Subaru Legacy comes standard with USB and auxiliary audio jacks and Bluetooth. The Legacy can be equipped with features like dual-zone climate control, navigation, a rearview camera, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, HD Radio and satellite radio. New for 2013 is Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking (at speeds less than 19 mph) and lane departure warning. This system is optional on Limited models.

Reviewers say that the base audio system in the Legacy is not that great, and they recommend upgrading to the optional Harman Kardon system if a good sound system is a priority. Some reviewers dislike the available navigation system’s confusing controls and outdated technology, while others say it is easy to use.

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  • "Subaru needs to up its infotainment game, or at least license better navigation and entertainment tech from its suppliers or another automaker. The Legacy's system feels at least 2-3 years behind the segment's best in terms of its user interface and features." -- Autoblog
  • "One deterrent might reside with the Legacy's rather basic audio systems, which while equipped with Bluetooth phone connectivity and streaming audio, are a far cry from the latest in high-tech infotainment." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • My test car came equipped with Subaru's EyeSight driver assist system. While the physical system is bulky and a bit of a visual annoyance, I did appreciate the lane departure warning system." -- Cars.com
  • "The navigation system's touchscreen in particular isn't exactly the most intuitive or attractive electronics interface. Nevertheless, most buyers will find the 2.5i Premium trim level worth springing for, as it includes the optional Harman Kardon audio system. The base 2.5i model's standard four-speaker stereo sounds tinny and flat." -- 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 (2012)


The 2013 Subaru Legacy has 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.

  • "The trunk area in the Legacy was a very useable size for my family, at 14.7 cubic feet." -- Cars.com
  • "The trunk is surprisingly long, and despite some wheel-well intrusion, decently wide. Useful under-floor storage is an added bonus." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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