• Apr 8th 2009 at 2:29PM
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2010 Subaru Legacy – Click above for high-res image gallery

The New York Auto Show is the backdrop for the 2010 Subaru Legacy's unveiling, and we just checked it out on the display stand downstairs here at the Jacob Javits Center. The red car you see in the gallery below is a Legacy 2.5 GT equipped with the six-speed manual gearbox, while the dark gray car above is a PZEV-certified base model. The new Legacy is clearly a step up from the car it replaces. It's taller, longer and wider, which makes for more room inside than the old car, which in turn makes for a more compelling rival to the cavernous Accord. The interior's trimmed out with decent plastics, a thick-rimmed wheel, a relatively uncluttered center stack (as opposed to the Accord's loaded Scrabble board) and nice leather seats. The mere presence of that manual shifter makes it all the more welcoming. (Man, if only you could get this trim and setup in a wagon...)

Outside, the new Legacy's got a new, distinctive front end with big eyes and that familiar corporate grille. The 2.5 GT's hood scoop jazzes things up a little, too. In profile, the 2010 Legacy is inoffensive and will blend into the family-sedan crowd nicely. The rear end features large taillamps and, in the case of the 2.5GT, dual exhaust outlets. Open the trunk and you'll find a nice, large opening with thoughtfully-placed release handles for the rear seats (no need to drop them from inside the passenger compartment, which is a nice touch.) In all, the 2010 Subaru Legacy's restyling is far less controversial than the one underwent recently by the Impreza, though we're still going to miss the outgoing car's clean, handsome lines. That said, the new car is better-positioned to do battle in this hugely-competitive segment, and we expect that Subaru is eager to throw its hat in the ring against the Accord and Camry.

Photos Copyright ©2009 Alex Nunez / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It grew up to be a Toyota Camry, what about them apples ; )
        • 6 Years Ago
        The camry looks better.....

        and if i may say...the Se Sport V6 camry looks very nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The headlights on the Legacy Concept looked stellar. Why'd they have to make them... well, like this? The back looks like something Hyundai considered for the Sonata, but threw out. Just.. gahh. Most disappointing car of the year. (so far)
      • 6 Years Ago
      The thing just looks really tall and awkward, and it has nothing to do with its 4x4 wheel well gap. The whole design just fails. Sure the outgoing Legacy was a bit bland, but at least it was pleasant, even handsome from some angles. This thing looks nasty from every single vantage point.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Subaru seriously needs to bring the wagon back to the Legacy line. Some of us are not interested in a high riding wagon (outback) still want all-wheel drive but can't afford the jump to an Audi.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Only the US market misses out on the Legacy wagon.

        I love my 2.5i wagon
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Worst Looking legacy ever. I swear its like every year their cars get uglier and uglier. At this point I would rather drive that new 2010 Kia coupe then Suby
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't like the high mounted grille that is so far up while the headlights swoop low. It's the same thing with the Chevy Cruze. The car is not great looking, but at least Subaru has defined its design language, and that is copying Corollas, Kia's, and G37's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad. I like the interior improvements a lot more than the outside. If the wagon isn't too porky on the back end it should be a winner, especially with a 6 speed manual attached to the diesel.

      The outgoing model is a great drive, but a little cramped for most over 6 feet tall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As the owner of a dark red Legacy 2.5 GT Limited...

      I shouldn't be yawning at this new one.

      But I am.

      The hood scoop that I love on my car looks dwarfed on the new hood.
      The tall, boring framed windows,
      The carelessly blistered fenders,
      The boring grille with inset bevel in the body... (I thankfully have a modified "open" grille without the chevy-esque bar through it.)

      The increased dimensions of the car in general,
      The mis-matched BMW-ripoff headlights, which I didn't like ON BMWs...
      The face-lift gone-wrong headlights that still look too much like so many other asian, or even MB CLS/R-class seem to like...

      And no fog lights??? What is that about? The wheels are as boring as ever, as well...

      High fenders and cowl and roof, and flatter front... there is NO way this car has a better Cd than mine.

      The kiosk interior (tall, outward-bowed, vertical face center console looks like the kiosk in the mall...) is uninspired, where mine is nicely understated and clean.

      All negatives, compared to the existing model.

      I want to like the new trunk lid opening... I could have used that just yesterday.

      I want to like the new 6-speed, maybe even the new turbo layout... but at what cost, and will there be any inventory? There wasn't when I bought last time, and that became an adventure in itself.

      But I cannot bring myself to like this new car nearly as much as my current one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We've had at least one Soob in the family for the last 31 years ... and I'm just not feeling this one. The interior gives me a Transformers-like feeling. A little too angular.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would Subaru copy the design of the ugliest car on the road, the Chrysler Sebring? The new Legacy looks just like the Sebring, front and rear. Apparently Subaru decided not to learn from Chrysler's mistake.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sure they learned, they didn't put the plastic panel on the C-pillar.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're right BGJ, I have no idea what the Chrysler Sebring looks like. I've never even seen one. My opinion is clearly not valid. It's a good thing there are people like you out there to help the rest of us figure out that we've got it all wrong. Bless your heart.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's with Subaru using Ford's gauges (the fading blue). I know car company's share supplier components but still
      • 6 Years Ago
      The headlights make it look like an angry Sebring.
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