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8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.7
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2014 Subaru Legacy Review

The 2014 Subaru Legacy has a spacious cabin and standard all-wheel drive. However, it ranks midpack due to its outdated cabin.  

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Spacious cabin
  • Unimpressive acceleration in base model
  • Disappointing cabin quality
  • Confusing touch-screen navigation system

2014 Subaru Legacy Overview

Is the 2014 Subaru Legacy a Good Used Car?

The Subaru Legacy is one of the only midsize cars with standard all-wheel drive, which inspires confident driving in harsh weather. Aside from its roomy interior, however, its advantages over rivals end there. Most competing sedans have more standard features, nicer interiors, and better fuel economy.

Used 2014 Subaru Legacy Performance and Interior

Powering the all-wheel-drive 2014 Subaru Legacy is a 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which produces acceptable acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission is available. Some Legacy models come with a 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine that generates greater power for highway driving. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the Legacy achieves 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That's below average for the class, but all-wheel-drive cars typically return lower fuel economy ratings than cars with front-wheel drive. The Subaru Legacy has a comfortable ride, and it feels secure on winding roads, thanks to its responsive steering and all-wheel drive.

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The 2014 Subaru Legacy sedan has a good-looking interior, but it shows its age when compared with some competitors' modern, higher-quality cabins. The five-seat Legacy has generous space for occupants in both rows, and those in the front have an excellent view of the road ahead.

The 2014 Subaru Legacy comes standard with Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, and an auxiliary audio jack. Dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio, and a number of safety features are available. While dashboard audio and climate controls are straightforward, the available navigation system's touch screen is complicated and occasionally doesn’t respond to user inputs.   

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Used 2014 Subaru Legacy Prices

Pricing on the 2014 Legacy sedan ranges from about $13,300 for the 2.5i base model with a four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission up to $19,000 for the Legacy 3.6R Limited, which includes a six-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. However, pricing can vary depending on the car's location, equipment, condition, and mileage. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Subaru Legacy?

The 2014 Subaru Legacy earns an above-average reliability rating of four (out of five) from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Legacy?

The 2014 Legacy has a great safety score. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest award. In IIHS crash testing, it earned a rating of Good (the highest score possible) in all but the small overlap front. In that test, it received the second-best rating of Acceptable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 Legacy five stars overall. Likewise, it earned five stars in all three of its crash evaluations.

Available safety features include a rearview camera and Subaru's EyeSight system, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking (at speeds below 19 mph), and lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Legacy?

The Subaru Legacy's fifth generation includes the 2010 through 2014 model years.  The 2014 Legacy isn't much different in features and styling than 2013 model, which you should consider for potential cost savings. However, Subaru fully redesigned the Legacy for 2015. It gained several notable upgrades that make its higher price tag worthwhile, such as a standard rearview camera, a new infotainment system, and a roomier cabin.

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Which Used Subaru Legacy Is Right for Me?

There are five trim levels available: 2.5i (base), 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited. The Legacy 2.5i comes with Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, and an auxiliary input jack. Most shoppers should choose the next trim or higher. The Legacy 2.5i Premium adds many useful features that rivals come standard with, including HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a rearview camera. If you want a strong engine, go with the Legacy 3.6R Limited, which has a highway-ready six-cylinder engine.

Subaru certified pre-owned cars are also available for purchase. For its CPO vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

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2014 Subaru Legacy and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru Legacy or 2014 Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord offers a superior cabin that is thoughtfully designed, roomy in both rows, and easy to enter and exit. The Accord also has more standard features, including a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio, and an 8-inch display with crisp graphics. The Accord has better fuel economy and sporty handling, which comes at the expense of ride comfort.

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru Legacy or 2014 Subaru Impreza?

Unless you need the Legacy's extra space and stronger engines, the Subaru Impreza – a compact car – is the better pick. Its cabin is nicer, featuring modern styling and soft-touch surfaces. Though it's compact, the Impreza has spacious seats in both rows. It also has a lower cost of ownership, better fuel economy, and standard all-wheel drive. 

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