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2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan

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2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan

Subaru, long known for standard all-wheel drive in all models, has revamped many vehicles in its 2010 lineup, adding performance and style upgrades that extend their value beyond their tradition of safety and dependability. Its main competitors are the MAZDA6 and the Honda Accord. MSRP starts at just under $20,000. Estimated mileage performance across all trims is 18 city / 25 highway.

What's new for 2010?

The Subaru Legacy has been completely redesigned for 2010, now offering eight trims and three new powertrains. All Legacies are built on an all-new platform with a longer wheelbase and increased width. The exterior design is considered to be bolder, featuring a more upright grille, more-pronounced Subaru badging and hawk-eye headlamps. Character lines arc from the grille and form power bulges on the hood, tapering off into the A-pillar.

Model Strengths

  • Bold new design inside and out
  • more engine power and ride comfort
  • standard all-wheel drive across the line
  • an upgraded combination of luxury and performance

Model Review

For 2010, the Subaru Legacy is available as a 2.5i in Premium and Limited trims, 2.5GT in Premium and Limited trims as well as 3.6R in both Premium or Limited trims. Three engines are available. The 2.5i trim comes with a 2.5L 4-cylinder horizontally opposed boxer engine that makes 170 horsepower and 170 foot-pounds of torque. The 2.5GT comes with a 2.5L turbo-intercooled DOHC 4-cylinder boxer engine making 265 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque. The 3.6R gets a 3.6L V6 boxer DOHC engine capable of 256 horsepower and 247 foot-pounds of torque.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com has driven several variants of the new 2010 Subaru Legacy--ranging from the base 2.5i to a loaded 3.6R Limited--and bring you an overall assessment here. In order to provide the most information possible and hit any additional points that might prove useful, TheCarConnection.com also studied up on what other experts said and highlighted them in a Full Review.

The mid-size Subaru Legacy sedan has been completely redesigned for 2010, and it's grown larger inside and out, including a refreshed powertrain lineup, with upgraded engines in the turbocharged 2.5GT and six-cylinder 3.6R models. While the outgoing Legacy could trace a few of its components all the way back to 1989, this version is built on a new platform, based somewhat on the Impreza and WRX, and shares nothing with the 2009 model.

At first glance, there's no mistaking that the new 2010 Subaru Legacy is larger and more substantial. Compared to the '09 model, the 2010 Legacy is just 1.4 inches longer, but it's nearly 4 inches wider and 3 inches taller, with a wheelbase that's been stretched by more than 3 inches. The Legacy has a completely new profile, with a rakish snout and arched roofline that tapers down to a short, tall decklid. A thin strip of chrome brightwork accents the arch and tucks down to the back door. Aggressively lipped wheel wells keep the Legacy from appearing too slab-sided, while two character creases help give the design some cohesion: one running from the edge of the winged chrome grille through the hood to the front pillars, the other running from the broad, well-detailed headlamps, skirting the front wheel well, and further defining the beltline.

Inside, the 2010 Legacy breaks through with a new look that doesn't borrow much from either the smaller Impreza family or the Tribeca crossover. The design includes an upright center stack with a metallic-look finish flanked by vents that almost echo the winged, upward theme of the grille and headlights, with the audio system placed high. At the front, close to the driver's field of vision is a trip computer, and the instruments themselves are simple, with nice, round gauges.

The new Legacy comes with three different engines. The base 2.5i version gets the familiar 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed "flat" four-cylinder engine, while the 2.5GT upgrades to the 265-horsepower version of the 2.5-liter engine; the new 3.6R model replaces the old 3.0-liter model, moved by the Tribeca's 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter flat-six. If you go with the 2.5i, you have a choice of a new six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which Subaru calls Lineartronic. While 2.5GT models come only with the six-speed manual, 3.6R models have a conventional five-speed automatic transmission.

The base 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i models aren't quick, but they have adequate acceleration for most needs with the six-speed manual or the CVT. The new Lineartronic transmission actually gets better fuel economy than the manual transmission (with a best-in-class EPA rating of 23 mpg city, 31 highway), and it includes paddle shifters that simulate six ratios; downshifts occur in as little as a tenth of a second. Just as with the outgoing Legacy, the turbocharged 2.5GT feels the fastest; the model inherits the WRX's new engine, with a greatly flattened torque curve, and it delivers power quickly, smoothly, and with very little turbo lag. The 3.6R engine brings a completely different character--it's confident, torquey, and relaxed, and its fuel efficiency is about the same as the turbo engine. Whether with the naturally aspirated engine in the base 2.5i or the turbo engine in the 2.5GT, the clutch pedal is light and engages smoothly and precisely; it combines with a throttle that's progressive, with a gentle tip-in, so almost right away you'll be taking off smoothly. Yet throttle response is quick with either engine; rev-matching for quick downshifts is also easily done.

While suspension tuning is essentially similar between all three models, wheel and tire differences give each model a slightly different feel. Base models feel light and nimble, as do 2.5GT models, while the 3.6R comes across as a little bit heftier, with a nose-heavy emphasis in sharp corners. Push the Legacy hard into a corner and there's some body lean, yet the suspension maintains grip beyond expectation; it's tough to upset the sedan's poise--especially in inclement weather--and in the best road conditions there's surprisingly little nosedive in hard braking or front-end lift in hard acceleration. All three models have quicker-ratio steering that feels boosted just right for most drivers, along with a supple ride that soaks up small imperfections, potholes, and general coarseness, and relative to its predecessor and most other mid-size sedans, the new Legacy's cabin has very little road noise. For the first time, the new Legacy gets framed doors for 2010; the change was first ushered in on the 2006 Tribeca and helps reduce wind noise.

The 2010 Subaru Legacy's cabin is a revelation compared to the outgoing model; larger than some, it's not in the same league as most other mid-size sedans. The front seats now adjust for loads of legroom and have nice, long cushions, and it's easy to find a comfortable driving position with the tilt/telescopic wheel adjustment. The nice three-spoke steering wheel looks and feels great, whether plain (base 2.5i) or leather-trimmed, and all versions--even the base--include steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; one of our only layout issues was that we repeatedly hit the hazard button while shifting to fifth gear in manual models. In back, there's enough space for two adults to be comfortable after a full day on the highway; this 6'6" tester found just enough headroom in back and plenty of legroom. Entry and exit to the back is among the easiest, thanks to a door opening that matches the rear backrest. All the small conveniences are represented as well, with eight cup holders, cubbies in each door, several center console bins, and map pockets, plus an overhead console on all models. We like the standard cloth upholstery, which was comfy without looking too delicate or attracting pet hair. The trunk is absolutely huge, with a nice big opening, and an easy pull from levers right up near the trunk rim causes the seats to flip forward, creating a flat load surface.

The 2010 Subaru Legacy doesn't skimp on safety. Across the model line, front side airbags, side-curtain bags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist are all standard. All models also include an electronic parking brake with an electronically operated Hill Holder System that aids safe, smooth starts either facing up or down on steep inclines. Subaru expects top five-star ratings and "good" IIHS results, but we'll update you when they're official.

Most models in the Legacy lineup have gained standard equipment yet fallen in price. 3.6R models have dropped the most, but TheCarConnection.com's pick for best value was the base 2.5i model, which is an amazing deal at a starting price of just $19,995 (or $20,995 with the CVT). At that price, it includes power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; tilt-and-telescope steering; keyless entry; split-folding rear seatbacks; and a four-speaker AM/FM CD player with aux input.

Premium models add a number of conveniences and appearance upgrades, including alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and chrome exhaust tips. The Limited models of the 2010 Subaru Legacy get dual-zone climate control and a 440-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system, among other added features. The system is also optional on the Premium, as is a moonroof. A voice-activated nav system is optional only on the Limited and includes a backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and iPod interfacing, and streaming Bluetooth audio.


The Bottom Line:

Subaru is finally taking its all-wheel-drive message into the mid-size sedan mainstream, and it's done so almost flawlessly with the 2010 Legacy.

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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.

Rollover Resistance
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control 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
Rear Head side 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

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Std
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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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 Current model year or preceding 5 yrs/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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