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2024 Subaru Legacy: Choosing the Right Trim

The 2024 Subaru Legacy sedan offers a roomy interior, a comfortable driving experience, and exceptional resale value, all backed by the reassurance standard all-wheel drive (AWD) provides.

Subaru offers the Legacy in five trims, three of which feature a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Sport and top-line Touring XT feature a potent 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, making it one of the most powerful AWD family sedans on the market.

The Legacy fares well compared to the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata, neither of which offer AWD. And, although the Kia K5, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry offer AWD, none are as powerful as the Legacy.

2024 Subaru Legacy Base: $24,895

Considering it’s priced in line with other family sedans, offers standard AWD, a host of safety and driver assists, plus exceptional resale and reliability ratings, the Legacy scores high on our value index.

Even its most basic version comes with EyeSight, Subaru’s suite of driver assists. Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning are included.

Other features worth noting include automatic high-beam headlights, hill-start assist, vehicle brake hold (holds the car when stopped without having your foot on the brake), and incline start assist.

Regrettably, the Base doesn’t offer more advanced systems like a blind-spot monitor or rear cross-traffic detection. To get these, buyers must move up to the Premium trim.

The Legacy rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and features auto on/off wiper-activated steering-responsive LED headlights, manual-folding power side mirrors, remote keyless entry, welcome lighting, and a rear backup camera monitor.

The cabin features cloth upholstery, a manually height-adjustable driver’s seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat with a center armrest, one-touch up/down power front windows, power door locks, and a system that reminds the driver to check the rear seat before leaving the car.

Standard amenities include cruise control, automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with touch controls, LED interior lighting, and illuminated visor vanity mirrors.

The Legacy’s center dash contains two 7-inch touchscreens. The upper screen controls the infotainment, which includes a 4-speaker AM/FM receiver, HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The lower screen grants access to climate controls, EyeSight, and various vehicle systems. The Legacy Base is the only model with this setup.

A single USB-A port serves as the data and charge port, with one 12-volt outlet in the glove box.

Although the Base trim offers no package upgrades, numerous dealer-installed accessories exist.

With the $1,090 destination charge, the 2024 Subaru Legacy costs $25,985. On a 60-month loan at 5% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to $490. See 2024 Subaru Legacy Base models for sale near you

2024 Subaru Legacy Base includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control – This system keeps a safe distance from the car ahead, automatically slowing or speeding up with traffic flow. It can even bring the car to a complete stop without driver intervention.
  • Steering responsive headlights – The Legacy’s headlights turn in the direction of the front wheels, helping illuminate the way through dark corners.
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto – These apps allow pairing a smartphone with the Legacy’s infotainment system, giving access to maps, music, apps, and messages.

2024 Subaru Legacy Premium: $27,195

The Legacy Premium is the trim we’d pick as basic family transportation. It brings more features to the game and more driver-assist options.

Building off the Legacy Base trim, the Premium adds the All-Weather Package (heated seats, side mirrors, and wiper blades), body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and chrome door handles. You’ll find release levers in the trunk for folding the rear seats.

The Premium interior features a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear seat air vents, and a center console 12-volt outlet.

The Starlink infotainment system gets a significant upgrade, replacing the dual-screen setup with a single 11.6-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen. The system gains two more speakers for a total of six, additional USB-A and USB-C charge ports, and wireless integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Starlink subscription services allow control of the Legacy via a smartphone, with the ability to remote start, set the climate controls, and call on a personal concierge to help make reservations, schedule service, or navigate to a destination.

Premium buyers can upgrade with two packages. Option Package 13 adds a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency steering, LED fog lights, Keyless Access with push-button start, and four-digit PIN code entry.

Option Package 15 builds off 13, adding navigation and a power moonroof.

There’s also an available wireless charging pad under the dealer-installed accessories group.

With the $1,090 destination charge, the 2024 Subaru Legacy Premium costs $28,285. On a 60-month loan at 5% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to $534. See 2024 Subaru Legacy Premium models for sale near you

2024 Subaru Legacy Premium includes:

  • All-Weather Package – Adding heated seats, heated side mirrors, and windshield wiper de-icers is necessary for anyone living where snow and ice are regular visitors.
  • 11.6-inch touchscreen – The Premium’s giant touchscreen puts all vehicle controls in one spot. It’s also ideal for viewing maps or music apps via CarPlay or Android Auto.
  • Available blind-spot monitor – The available blind-spot monitor watches for cars in your blind spot and warns of their presence.

2024 Subaru Legacy Limited: $31,945

The Legacy Limited brings a luxurious touch to the Legacy with features like leather seating and heated rear seats.

The Limited builds off the Premium with option package 13, then adds 18-inch alloy wheels, Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB), an auto tilt-down in reverse passenger mirror, a 12-way power driver’s seat with 2-position memory and extendable seat bottom cushion, and an 8-way power passenger seat.

Option Package 34 adds navigation, a 576-watt 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio upgrade, a heated steering wheel, a power moonroof, and Subaru’s DriverFocus attentiveness monitor.

With the $1,090 destination charge, the 2024 Subaru Legacy Limited costs $33,035. On a 60-month loan at 5% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to $623. See 2024 Subaru Legacy Limited models for sale near you

2024 Subaru Legacy Sport: $34,495

The Legacy Sport may be our favorite trim. It comes with a 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter engine, which makes the Legacy way more fun to drive.

The Sport also gets upgraded styling, with a bold red stripe across the grille, a rear spoiler, and 18-inch gray wheels. Black and gray two-tone cloth with red stitching adorns the interior.

Building off the Premium trim with both option packages minus navigation, the Sport includes a sport-tuned suspension, SI-Drive modes, a power moonroof, LED fog lights, the Harman Kardon audio system, a heated steering wheel, Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB), and DriverFocus.

With the $1,090 destination charge, the 2024 Subaru Legacy Sport costs $35,585. On a 60-month loan at 5% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to $672. See 2024 Subaru Legacy Sport models for sale near you

2024 Subaru Legacy Sport includes:

  • Sport suspension – The Sport trim’s suspension features stiffer springs and shocks, reducing lean in corners while still maintaining a comfortable ride.
  • Reverse Automatic Braking – Using rear sensors, RAB can detect objects behind the vehicle and activate the brakes before a collision can occur.
  • Turbocharged engine – If you like a rush of power when passing or merging, the Sport’s turbocharged 2.4-liter engine delivers the goods without a significant sacrifice in fuel economy.

2024 Subaru Legacy Touring XT: $38,195

The Legacy Touring XT combines the power of the Sport with the luxury features of the Limited, then tosses in a few exclusive items to justify the nearly $40,000 price tag.

Opting for a Touring brings a heated steering wheel, Harman Kardon audio, navigation, a power moonroof, and all of Subaru’s driver assist systems.

Unique to the Touring XT are power-folding side mirrors, heated and ventilated front seats, a wide-angle front camera, and Nappa leather upholstery in a choice of Slate Black or Sierra Tan.

With the $1,090 destination charge, the 2024 Subaru Legacy Touring XT costs $39,285. On a 60-month loan at 5% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to $741. See 2024 Subaru Legacy Touring XT models for sale near you

2024 Subaru Legacy Touring XT includes:

  • Nappa leather – The rich look and soft feel of the Touring XT’s perforated Nappa leather elevate the Legacy to near-luxury status.
  • Heated and ventilated front seats – Stay warm in the winter and cool and dry in the summer without needing to touch the climate controls.
  • Power moonroof – The Touring XT’s glass moonroof lets light into the cabin. When open, it provides a stream of fresh air without having to open the windows.


What is the best 2024 Subaru Legacy trim?

The Subaru Legacy Premium trim is the choice for budget-conscious buyers, but overall we think the Sport is the best. It has a powerful turbocharged engine, a sport suspension, and excellent standard features like the Harman Kardon audio system, reverse automatic braking, and the DriverFocus system.

How many miles per gallon does the 2024 Subaru Legacy get?

With the 2.5-liter engine, the 2024 Subaru Legacy is rated by the EPA at 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway/30 mpg combined.

The turbocharged 2.4-liter engine in the Sport and Touring XT drops a bit, to 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway/26 mpg combined.

Which 2024 Subaru Legacy trim offers the most safety?

All 2024 Subaru Legacy trims do exceptionally well in crash testing, with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarding the 2023 Legacy a Top Safety Pick accolade. As for the safest trim, it will be the one with the most driver assists, in this case, the Touring XT.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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