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2009 Subaru Legacy Sedan

4dr H4 Auto Special Edition

Starting at | Starting at 20 MPG City - 26 MPG Highway

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  • $22,095 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Subaru Legacy Sedan

The Legacy covers a lot of ground -- literally and figuratively. The inexpensive base models, starting below $21,000, offer impressive handling and a fun driving experience disguised as a family-friendly sedan. The upper levels of trim emphasize performance, especially in the 3.0 R and 3.0 R Limited editions, which trade in the standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine for a 3.0L flat-six. The 2.5GT Spec.B trim steps further toward performance, with a 2.5L 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed manual -- for about $35,000.

What's new for 2009?

The 2009 Legacy gets a few upgrades, such as standard electronic stability control and a 9-speaker stereo on all models but the base-level 2.5i. Two new trim levels are available

Model Strengths

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • all-weather capabilities
  • responsive, sporty driving

Model Review

Like last year, there are three engines available for the Legacy. The 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition, and 2.59 Limited all have the 2.5L 4-cylinder boxer engine that makes170 hp; the 2.5GT and 2.5GT Limited utilize a turbo 2.5L that makes 243 hp. The 3.0R and 3.0R Limited feature a 245-hp 3.0L 6-cylinder engine under the hood.

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Review: 2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Source: MSN Autos

The Legacy 2.5GT is a one of those sedans that, for no fault of its own, flies below the radar. Recognition can be tough when going against the monsters of the midway in the midsized sedan segment, namely the Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, Acura TL and BMW 3-Series. Combining the soul of a WRX, upscale amenities and the control of Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system, the Legacy 2.5GT impresses on many levels.

Model Lineup
The Legacy comes in seven distinct flavors: 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition, 2.5i Limited, 2.5GT Limited, 2.5GT Spec B, 3.0R and 3.0R Limited. All 2.5i-branded models feature naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engines. The 3.0R models are motivated by naturally aspirated 3.0-liter 6-cylinder powerplants. The GT-designated models, like our Ruby Red Pearl Limited tester, represent the top of the line and sport turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinders.

The Legacy lineup became strictly sedan in 2008 when all of Subaru’s midsize wagons moved under the Outback banner. New equipment for the 2009 model includes a standard 385-watt Harman Kardon audio system with nine speakers, an integrated key remote transmitter that puts the buttons on the key instead of a keychain fob, and some minor interior trim enhancements.

Under the Hood
The GT-series Legacy Limited and Spec B are powered by a WRX-based turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-liter boxer 4-cylinder that sends 243 horsepower coursing through the Legacy’s all-wheel-drive system. It also delivers 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway mileage. Subaru’s signature horizontally opposed engine features a specially reinforced aluminum block, integral cast-iron cylinder liners and a semi-closed deck design with five main bearings for added strength and peace of mind. On the thrill side, 13.5 psi of max boost is at the ready.

Although Subaru’s SI-Drive seemed a bit gimmicky when we first climbed behind the wheel, we soon appreciated the capabilities of the system that allows cockpit control of engine behavior. SI-Drive alters the actuation of the electronically controlled throttle, offering three different programs. In automatic-transmission models, the system also controls shift points and shift firmness. "Intelligent" mode backs off engine torque and maximum power and switches to a more relaxed throttle-response curve and can also help increase fuel efficiency in certain driving situations. Clicking the SI-Drive knob, positioned just behind the shifter,  to "Sport" mode results in a smooth, more linear onslaught of power. Jumping to "Sport Sharp" mode unleashes maximum ferocity with super-fast throttle response and quicker turbo spool-up.

We took the "set it and forget it" approach and used the Sport Sharp setting a vast majority of the time. Switching between Sport Sharp and Intelligent, while dropping the hammer on back-to-back blasts, vividly illustrated the Legacy’s split personality. In Intelligent mode, the car was a docile, dependable and competent cruiser showing average get-up-and-go. Clicking into Sport Sharp there was an immediate eagerness under your right foot, and our 5-speed automatic-transmission model was brazen, to say the least, revving out to the engine’s 6500-rpm redline before up-shifting and giving the Legacy a decidedly formidable feel. Simply put, the SI-Drive’s intensity gave the 2.5-liter engine the personality and pulling power of a bigger engine.

Inner Space
The Legacy cabin is a welcome combination of subtle styling cues and upscale appointments with ample room for five adults. The 2.5GT Limited edition includes a touch-screen navigation system, an excellent gauge cluster and plenty of standard-equipment features and controls. The seats are soft, perforated leather with built-in electronic warmers, and the cabin is trimmed with quality materials including wood trim. In short, the interior is well beyond pedestrian; it’s comfortable and quiet but not in the same league as Lexus or BMW. And at this price point, a more upscale vibe would have been appreciated.

On the Road
The balance exuded by the Legacy was immediately recognizable. Like an honor student, it gets good grades in all areas. The Subaru’s ride is stable and compliant but in no way soft or spongy. Push matters and the chassis responds with good road feel and an overall sense of confidence.

The senses are again rewarded when the SI-Drive knob is moved into Sport Sharp mode. With the added zest in throttle response, we took full advantage of the engine’s 13.5 psi of turbo boost. The Legacy has substantial passing power and an unexpected crispness that belies its subtle styling.

Automatic 2.5GTs include paddle shifting, a feature that has become the rage of manufacturers trying to play the "sporty" card. While we appreciate having the choice to determine gear changes, the system’s slow-motion shifts and lack of a rev-matching downshift feature relegate it to marketing mumbo-jumbo. The bottom line is that the automatic shifts firmly enough. If you want more real-world control, opt for the 5-speed manual.

Right for You?
The Legacy 2.5GT’s biggest advantage over its competition is Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system. It represents different things to different people depending on their approach to driving. Light-footed family commuters see it as safety insurance, while McSporty types are in touch with the performance attributes all-wheel drive can deliver. Subaru signs on both dotted lines because pleasing the masses is good business.

Our Legacy 2.5GT Limited tester with an automatic transmission and fitted with zero options sported a sticker price of $32,395. Opting for a 5-speed stick drops the price to $28,895. The Legacy 2.5GT is priced in line with Accord and below the TL and 3-Series, so there is value to be had. And for those who dare the monsters, the Legacy 2.5GT will deliver a robust driving experience in all seasons.

Evan Griffey served as an editor of Turbo & High Tech Performance, a pioneering publication about sport-compact tuning. Today Griffey freelances for Import Tuner, Sport Compact Car, Car Audio and Siphon.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

84 months or 100,000 mile powertrain (whichever comes first) from original warranty start. Many upgrade options available.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2009-2016 With Less Than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 152
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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