2021 Subaru Legacy CVT

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  • 4-door Large Passenger Car
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Base MSRP: $36,145.00
  • Invoice: $33,752.00
  • Hwy MPG: 32 mpg
  • City MPG: 24 mpg

pros

Comfortable, spacious interior; all-wheel drive; sleek exterior styling; good

reputation for reliability; safety features

model highlights

The Subaru Legacy is powered by one of two engine choices. The base engine is a 182 horsepower 2.5L 4-cylinder "boxer" engine, with the pistons arranged so that they are parallel to the ground, rather than perpendicular to it like in a traditional inline engine. This means a lower center of gravity and again, better vehicle handling without any compromise in ride quality. The optional engine is also a 4-cylinder "boxer," this one with slightly less displacement at 2.4L. However, it does have a turbocharger and thus makes 260 horsepower. Subaru uses a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to send power to all-four wheels. Unlike a traditional automatic, the CVT transmission does not have set gears and is instead able to vary gear ratios on the fly, helping to offset the fuel economy penalty that comes with all-wheel drive. The 2021 Legacy is rated at 35 mpg highway and 27 mpg city with the base engine and 32 mpg highway and 24 mpg city with the turbocharged option.

There are six trim levels for the 2020 Subaru Legacy, base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT and Touring XT, with the XT badged cars utilizing Subaru's more powerful turbocharged engine.

Standard features on the base Legacy include 17-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, keyless entry, dual front USB inputs, eight cup holders and Subaru's STARLINK multimedia system displayed through a 7.0-inch screen. Interesting safety features that come standard on the base Legacy include automatic high beams, a rearview camera, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, a lane keep assist function and forward collision mitigation.

Premium trim adds nicer 17-inch alloy wheels, body colored heated side mirrors, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, a nicer stereo and a bigger 11.6-inch screen in the center console.

The Sport trim comes with 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, integrated turn signals in the side mirrors, a trunk spoiler and cloth upholstery with contrasting stitching.

Limited and Limited XT models begin to knock on luxury car territory, offering leather trimmed seating surfaces, headlights that swivel with the steering wheel, power adjustable front seats, heated outboard rear seats, blind-spot detection and rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic braking and a 576-watt-equivalent Harman Kardon premium sound system with 12 speakers.

Top of the line Touring models get auto-folding side mirrors, ventilated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery and a 180 degree front view monitor.

model news

There are only 3 changes on the Subaru Legacy as it moves into 2021, adaptive headlights are now standard while a rear seat warning feature has been added and a passenger seatbelt warning.

value writeup

The Subaru Legacy is a mid-sized car, competing with some of the best selling cars in America such as the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. Those cars however, are front-wheel drive, while the Legacy comes standard with all-wheel drive, giving a distinct advantage to the Subaru for anyone who lives where it snows or even frequently rains. In addition, the Subaru Legacy actually undercuts its two main competitors with a base price of under $23,000, which is roughly $2,000 less than a base Camry and $1,000 less than a base Accord.

Exterior Color

Abyss Blue Pearl
Manufacturer's Color Code: AY8

Interior Colors

  • Tan

Exterior Color

Crystal White Pearl
Manufacturer's Color Code: W3P

Interior Colors

  • Tan

Exterior Color

Magnetite Gray Metallic
Manufacturer's Color Code: MG5

Interior Colors

  • Tan

Exterior Color

Crimson Red Pearl
Manufacturer's Color Code: CR4

Interior Colors

  • Tan

Exterior Color

Crystal Black Silica
Manufacturer's Color Code: CB6

Interior Colors

  • Tan

Vehicle

Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score N/A
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Cars

Powertrain

Transmission
Drivetrain All Wheel
Trans Type 8
Trans Description Cont. CVT w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.23 - 0.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Third Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.14
Clutch Size N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.60
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.47
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy 32 MPG
Cruising Range - City 444.00 mi
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City 24 MPG
Fuel Economy Est-Combined 27 MPG
Cruising Range - Hwy 592.00 mi
EPA MPG Equivalent - City N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined N/A
Battery Range N/A
Engine
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
Displacement 2.4 L/146
Fuel System Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 260 @ 5600
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 277 @ 2000
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) N/A
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity N/A

Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume 102.5 ft³
Front Head Room 37.3 in
Front Leg Room 42.8 in
Front Shoulder Room 58.1 in
Front Hip Room 55.5 in
Second Head Room 37.2 in
Second Leg Room 39.5 in
Second Shoulder Room 57.4 in
Second Hip Room 54.8 in
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase 108.3 in
Length, Overall 190.6 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors 72.4 in
Height, Overall 59.1 in
Track Width, Front 62.2 in
Track Width, Rear 63.4 in
Min Ground Clearance 5.9 in
Liftover Height N/A
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume 15.1 ft³

Chassis

Weight Information
Base Curb Weight 3790 lbs
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. N/A
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear N/A
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/50VR18
Rear Tire Size P225/50VR18
Spare Tire Size Compact
Wheels
Front Wheel Size 18 X 7.5 in
Rear Wheel Size 18 X 7.5 in
Spare Wheel Size Compact in
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb 36.8 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall N/A
Brakes
Brake Type 4-Wheel Disc
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 12.4 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 11.8 in
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx 18.5 gal
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx N/A

Warranty Information

Basic:
3 Years/36,000 Miles

Drivetrain:
5 Years/60,000 Miles

Corrosion:
5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Roadside Assistance:
3 Years/36,000 Miles

Crash Test Rating

US NHTSA CRASH TEST RESULTS:

Overall Rating: * * * * *

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating: * * * * *
Driver: * * * * * Passenger: * * * *

Overall Side Crash Rating: * * * * *

Side Barrier Rating: * * * * *
Driver: * * * * * Rear Passenger: * * * * *

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat: * * * * *

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings:
Front Seat Rating: * * * * * Rear Seat Rating: * * * * *

Overall Rollover Rating: * * * * *
Dynamic Test Result: No Tip
Risk of Rollover: 10.10%

Note Regarding Driver Rating:

Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Note: Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Rebate Information

One of the following incentives may apply to this vehicle. Regional incentives may vary.

Financing Incentive: 0.0%

Expiration Date: 04/30/2021

Resource: subaru.com 04/05/2021