2019 Subaru Legacy

Performance


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2019 Subaru Legacy Performance Review

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Performance: 6.8

Thanks to standard all-wheel drive, the 2019 Subaru Legacy stays planted in harsh weather conditions. It has a composed ride and good fuel economy estimates for an AWD sedan. The Legacy's base engine doesn't have much power, however, and its six-cylinder engine is only available in the highest trim.

  • "The 2.5-liter engine produces 175 horsepower. Expect a 0-60 mph time of about 9.5 seconds. This Legacy is one of the slowest cars in the class, and it feels like it out on the road." -- Edmunds
  • "Like nearly every other Subaru, the Legacy's secret sauce is its all-wheel drive (AWD). While the Legacy has no lack of competitors in better-known rivals like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, only one other midsize sedan -- the Ford Fusion -- even offers AWD. With the Legacy, it's standard, which makes this Subaru a favorite in cold-weather states." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • Most … Legacy models will feature the brand's 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, with Subaru projecting that the 2.5i Premium will be the sedan's most popular trim. The 4-cylinder is hardly a hot-rod engine, but that's not the point. Instead, it offers a surprisingly smooth driving experience (even by CVT standards) and excellent fuel economy, even with the heavy standard all-wheel drive." -- Autotrader (2017)

Acceleration and Power

All but the top-of-the-line Limited trim Legacy come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that struggles under hard acceleration. The Limited trim comes with a more potent six-cylinder engine. The standard continuously variable automatic transmission operates relatively smoothly and doesn’t exhibit the whining that these setups frequently exhibit.

Legacy models with the four-cylinder engine deliver 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Those are good ratings for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. The six-cylinder engine gets 20/28 mpg city/highway.

  • The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's in just about every Legacy trim level is a bit underpowered. (A more powerful 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine is available.) You'll have to plan out those highway passing maneuvers with a little extra care." -- Edmunds
  • The standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder offers similar power as other 4-cylinder cars in this class, but the continuously variable transmission (CVT) actually makes it feel more responsive than you'd expect from 175 horsepower. Still, it's no rocket with that engine, and if you need more, the 3.6-liter 6-cylinder available in the Limited offers a more robust 256 horsepower that makes short work of passing and accelerating, albeit at the expense of fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Most Legacy models will be equipped with the sedan's 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which makes 175 horsepower. With that engine, fuel economy stands at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are strong figures for an AWD car." -- Autotrader (2018)

Handling and Braking

One of the hallmarks of the 2019 Subaru Legacy is its standard all-wheel drive, which helps the Legacy maintain good traction on both wet and dry pavement. Beyond that, it delivers a composed, mostly comfortable ride, though you'll notice the body roll around curves. Its handling and steering aren't as engaging as some rivals'.

  • This Legacy is no sport sedan, but it has easy-to-control manners despite considerable body roll around turns." -- Edmunds
  • Around corners, the Legacy feels composed, though it's not as sporty as its smaller Impreza stablemate." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • Around town the Legacy is comfortable and quiet, with a relaxed ride, but it still handles quite well despite notable lean in corners." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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