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2017 Subaru Legacy Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Subaru Legacy was new.


Interior: 8.1

The 2017 Subaru Legacy's cabin has a simple layout and clean styling. Interior materials are first-rate and the armrests and center console are well cushioned. The Legacy’s seats are supportive and roomy for most adults, though taller back-seat occupants may have limited headroom. The seats can also feel a bit too firm on longer drives. Dashboard and infotainment controls are easy to use. Cargo space is a touch above average for a midsize sedan.

  • "Subaru's no-nonsense approach to car design is reflected in the Legacy's simple and straightforward interior. Materials quality has improved compared to earlier versions of the Legacy, with more cushioning at common touch points like the armrests and center console." -- Edmunds
  • "High-quality materials adorn the Legacy's cabin, while passengers both front and rear enjoy stretch-out space." -- Left Lane News
  • "All pieces the driver interacts with feel good, especially the leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel that has just-right bulges in the neighborhood of 10 and 2. A step up the pricing ladder from Premium to Limited trim brings with it leather upholstery in place of cloth, and low-gloss fake wood trim that looks a grade or two better than we'd expect at its price point." -- Autoblog (2015)


The 2017 Subaru Legacy seats five and comes with cloth upholstery. It is available with 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, heated rear seats, and leather upholstery.

The Legacy’s seats are fairly comfortable and roomy in both rows. The driver has an elevated seating position and ample bolstering that keeps you in place when driving around sharp corners. Still, on long trips, the Legacy’s seats can feel stiff, and rear-seat headroom may not be adequate for taller passengers. The Legacy has great outward visibility in all directions.

  • "One thing we specifically like about the Legacy is its excellent outward visibility -- no small feat in an age of high door lines and bulky pillars that result from modern safety standards. Firm, supportive seats and a slightly higher driving position make the Legacy Subaru's most comfortable sedan yet." -- Edmunds
  • "Still, the driver's seat is a great place to be largely because it's so comfortable, a fact that also applies to the Legacy's back seats and passenger seat (all of which are roomy for a midsize sedan). Visibility is also excellent to all directions, much like many of the Legacy's rivals." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • In terms of comfort, the back seats provided ample legroom and headroom for most body types, but those living in warm climates will rue the lack of standard rear air vents. Up front, the seating situation elicited polarizing responses, with some of us preferring the firm padding and ever-present lumbar support while others complained of back pain within the first 45 minutes of driving." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Interior Features

The 2017 Subaru Legacy’s standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, a rearview camera, a 6.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system, smartphone app integration, and a four-speaker stereo.

Options include a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a voice-activated infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display. Also available is Subaru's EyeSight suite of safety features, which includes lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision braking at speeds less than 30 mph.

The Legacy has a straightforward infotainment system with physical controls for major functions like audio, climate, and navigation on either side of the touch screen. Its display screen is sharp, and menus are user-friendly. With the ability to use swiping and scrolling gestures, the touch screen is as easy to use as your smartphone.

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  • "The optional touchscreen navigation system has crisp graphics and is easy to use thanks to smartphone-like operation and large icons." -- Edmunds
  • "The optional seven-inch touchscreen in our Limited model looks and functions much better than those in older Subarus. The screen responds crisply to inputs and lets you pinch and zoom like an Apple iPad." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "Particularly impressive is the clean, logical layout of the navigation and infotainment system. … the major functions (map, radio, satellite, climate) are on the outer frame of the screen, thoughtfully minimizing the number of screen taps needed to complete any function. Genuine volume and tuning knobs are welcome here, as are the redundant wheel-mounted controls." -- Car and Driver (2015)


With 15 cubic feet of trunk space, the 2017 Subaru Legacy's cargo capacity is slightly above average for the class. Still, you can get an additional cubic foot or more of trunk space with the Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata. The Legacy comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

  • "… its 15-cubic-foot trunk trails the competition as well. We doubt that many will find it anything other than sufficiently spacious." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo capacity is also a Legacy strong [suit], with a sizable 15 cubic feet of stowage space available in the trunk." -- Left Lane News

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