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2017 Subaru Legacy Review

The 2017 Subaru Legacy has an upscale and roomy cabin, one of the highest safety ratings in the class, and standard with all-wheel drive. However, it finishes in the bottom of our midsize car rankings because it has an underpowered base engine, wavering ride quality, and a below-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Weak base engine
  • Not as engaging to drive as rivals
  • Some ride discomfort over rough roads




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Subaru Legacy Overview

Is the 2017 Subaru Legacy a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Legacy is a decent choice among used midsize cars. It has solid safety marks, and its available EyeSight suite of safety features further enhance its rating. This Subaru has abundant front and rear legroom, but rear headroom is tight for taller passengers. The Legacy has good fuel economy for an all-wheel-drive car, though its base engine can feel overwhelmed when accelerating. Overall, the Legacy just isn’t as good as its rivals, and its below-average predicted reliability rating makes recommending this Subaru even more difficult.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, the total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 26 professional evaluations for this 2017 Subaru Legacy review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Subaru Legacy?

There are about 800 listings for the 2017 Subaru Legacy on our site, with prices ranging from a low of $18,000 to a high of $28,300. The average price is $22,400. A vehicle’s location, condition, mileage, and features affect its pricing.

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How Much Does the 2017 Subaru Legacy Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Legacy are estimated to be $22,547. That’s slightly above average for the segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Legacy?

The 2018 Subaru Legacy starts at $22,195, which is more than the average price of a used 2017 model. However, a new Legacy might be worth considering. For 2018, Subaru updated the Legacy with new exterior styling, a larger standard infotainment display, and a retuned suspension. If those changes don’t interest you, consider saving money with the 2017 Legacy.

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There are several highly ranked new midsize sedans within striking range of the 2017 Legacy’s average price. These include the 2018 Hyundai Sonata (starting at $22,050) and the 2019 Ford Fusion ($22,840). Both have more front-seat legroom and larger trunks than the Legacy. Unlike the Legacy, the Sonata comes standard with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The Fusion has standard push-button start and more active safety features than the Subaru. While the Fusion is available with all-wheel drive, the Sonata is not.

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Which Model Year of the Subaru Legacy Is Best?

Subaru redesigned the Legacy for 2015, and there were a few changes before the 2018 model-year refresh. The 2016 Legacy gained standard lane keep assist, and a new Sport trim made its debut for 2017. Unless you must have lane keep assist, consider spending less on a 2015 Legacy, which offers many of the same features as a 2017 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Subaru Legacy?

The 2017 Subaru Legacy has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Subaru Legacy Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Legacy has two open recalls. The first addresses a potential loss of steering ability, and the second recall fixes an improperly aligned knee guard bracket. Make sure these issues have been corrected before purchasing a 2017 Legacy.

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Which Used Subaru Legacy Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Legacy has five trim levels: 2.5i, Premium, Sport, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited. Standard features in the base 2.5i include a 6.2-inch touch screen, Starlink infotainment system, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and remote keyless entry.

We recommend the Premium trim, which provides the best mixture of value and comfort. It adds a second USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen with satellite radio, and a six-speaker stereo.

For even more features, consider the upper trims. The Sport trim features a built-in garage door opener, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The 2.5i Limited comes with leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, heated front and rear seats, rear-seat air conditioning controls, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and an upgraded suspension for a smoother ride. Finally, the top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited packs a 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine, stainless steel dual exhaust, HID headlights, plus all of the 2.5i Limited’s standard features.

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What Does Subaru's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Subaru offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Subaru provides no additional coverage for CPO vehicles, so buyers receive the remainder of the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty. However, buyers can purchase additional coverage. Every CPO Subaru must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like owner loyalty discounts, a one-year Starlink Safety Plus trial subscription, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

Subaru’s CPO program isn’t particularly robust, according to our analysis. Among affordable automakers, Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and many others have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Legacy?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Subaru Legacy a 2017 Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest accolade. In IIHS crash testing, the Legacy received the top score of Good in all five crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Legacy a perfect score of five stars in all three crash tests conducted.

The Legacy comes standard with a rearview camera. All but the base trim are available with the EyeSight suite of safety features. This package includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Stand-alone active safety features include blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking.

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2017 Subaru Legacy Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Subaru Legacy or 2017 Honda Accord?

The 2017 Honda Accord feels more engaging to drive, despite delivering a comfier ride than the Subaru. It also has available tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that the Legacy doesn’t support. Both cars have outstanding safety scores, though the Legacy is slightly better in this regard. Unlike the Accord, the Subaru comes standard all-wheel drive, which is about the only reason to pick it over the Accord.

Which Is Better: 2017 Subaru Legacy or 2017 Hyundai Sonata?

Both the 2017 Hyundai Sonata and the 2017 Legacy have loads of standard tech features, but the Sonata takes it a step further with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, the Legacy has standard all-wheel drive, which the Sonata doesn’t offer at all. These two midsize cars provide upscale cabins with ample room for passengers, but the Sonata has a smoother ride and a much higher predicted reliability rating than the Legacy. Skip the Legacy and go for the Sonata.

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2017 Legacy Performance

How Does the 2017 Subaru Legacy Drive?

The Legacy’s standard all-wheel-drive system helps it stay composed over both slick and dry roads. Its ride comfort worsens over rough pavement, but the top Limited trim’s suspension makes the ride a bit softer.

A 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine powers the base Legacy. This engine is refined and quiet, but it delivers subpar acceleration. Highway passing ability is much better with the available 256-horsepower V6 engine. All Legacy models are equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that has quick and deliberate responses.

Does the 2017 Subaru Legacy Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Legacy returns 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which puts this Subaru in the middle of the class. That’s remarkable, considering all-wheel drive typically has a negative impact on fuel economy. The V6 gets 20/28 mpg city/highway.

2017 Subaru Legacy Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the four-cylinder Legacy can tow up to 2,700 pounds, and the six-cylinder engine up to 3,000 pounds.

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2017 Legacy Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Legacy Seat?

The 2017 Subaru Legacy seats five on standard cloth upholstery. The seats are fine for shorter trips, but they can feel too firm on longer trips. The cabin has sufficient space in both the front and back rows, but taller passengers may find rear headroom to be snug. The Legacy is available with heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable front seats. 

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Subaru Legacy?

The 2017 Legacy features full LATCH equipment on each of its outboard rear seats. The middle seat offers an upper tether anchor only. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Legacy’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The lower anchors are located deep within the seat and can be hard to access.

2017 Subaru Legacy Features

The standard Starlink infotainment system features a 6.2-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, support for apps like Pandora and iHeartRadio, USB and auxiliary audio connections, and a CD player. The touch screen has user-friendly controls and simple menus. It also allows you to use swiping and scrolling gestures just as you would with a smartphone. An upgraded infotainment system with a larger 7-inch touch screen is available on higher trim levels. This system offers features like text message assist, satellite radio, and available satellite navigation.

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2017 Subaru Legacy Dimensions

Subaru Legacy Cargo Space

With 15 cubic feet of trunk space, the 2017 Subaru Legacy's cargo capacity is slightly above average for a midsize car.

2017 Legacy Length and Weight

The 2017 Subaru is 15.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,459 to 3,697 pounds. The Legacy’s gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 4,519 to 4,629 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Subaru Legacy Built?

Subaru built the 2017 Legacy in Indiana.

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