• Apr 29th 2009 at 1:00PM
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Subaru has just stuck a Monroney on its 2010 Legacy, and the new all-wheel drive sedan will start at $20,690 (*$19,995 + $695 destination). According to the Japanese automaker, that's a handy $800 less than last year's model. For that hard-earned dosh, you will receive a 2.5i model with its standard six-speed manual – the company's "Lineartronic" CVT model starts at a grand more. The base Legacy looks to be quite well equipped, but for those with the wherewithal, a 2.5i Premium model adds a bunch of content (including 16-inch alloys, leather-wrapped wheel, 10-way power driver's seat, etc.) for another $1,000 on top of the standard 2.5i model.

Gearheads will likely be most interested in the 2.5GT model, which includes a turbocharged 265-horsepower mill backed by a six-speed manual. For your $28,690 (including dest.), you'll get 18-inch alloys, a hood scoop, and all the features of the 2.5i Premium model. There's a Limited model, too, which adds a leather interior, power passenger seat, and a Harman/Kardon audio system, but selecting that model will relieve you of a tidy $30,690 at your local dealer.

Alternatively, if you prefer more relaxed six-cylinder motoring, there's the normally aspirated 256-horsepower 3.6R model, but you'll have to settle for a five-speed automatic with paddle-shift control. That model starts at $25,690 (which Subie notes is $1,600 less than the 3.0R exit vehicle), and this time out, it only requires 87 octane at the pump.

Key options include a $995 moonroof and a navigation package with Bluetooth, an upgraded 440-watt stereo w/USB port and a backup camera for $2,000.

Load luggers take note: There appear to be no wagons bound for the U.S. market (as in recent years), so you'll have to wait for word on 2010 Outback pricing if your life or your preferences dictate a two-box setup. For the moment, however, click through to the jump for the complete press release with more information, or check out our coverage of the Legacy's New York Auto Show debut by clicking here.

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[Source: Subaru]


§ Pricing starts at $19,995
§ Roomiest Legacy Ever with New Levels of Comfort, Quietness and Refinement
§ New 6-speed Manual and CVT Transmissions for Legacy 2.5i Models
§ 2.5GT Improves to 265-hp Turbo Engine and a New 6-Speed Manual Transmission
§ New Legacy 3.6R Model Features More Powerful 6-Cylinder Engine

Cherry Hill, N.J., April 29, 2009 – Subaru of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the all-new 2010 Legacy® sedan. Pricing will start at $19,995 – $800 lower than the previous generation Legacy sedan – which set a sales record in 2008.

The new Subaru Legacy provides for a bolder design language in a larger midsize package. The 2010 Legacy, whose predecessor is renowned for its sporty handling and reliability, now has a longer wheelbase, four inches of extra rear seat legroom and a new powertrain lineup featuring the new Subaru Lineartronic™ CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). All Legacy models now feature an all-new front McPherson strut, rear double-wishbone suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars for improved ride & handling. Additionally, all Legacy models are upgraded with a much larger 18.5 gallon fuel tank for better operating range.

As with all Subaru vehicles, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard, which helps driving performance by enhancing traction regardless of weather conditions.

Model Pricing Highlights:
The 2.5i is equipped with a either the 6-speed manual transmission with a starting price of $19,995 or the all-new Lineartronic CVT as an option with a starting price of $20,995.

This base model comes complete with 4-wheel disc brakes, quick-ratio power steering, tilt and telescope steering column, 8 cup holders, 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, electronic parking brake with Hill Holder® system, auto on/off exterior lights (autolights), AM/FM Stereo with single-disc CD player, auxiliary input jack and 4 speakers, dual lit visor mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, overhead console with sunglasses holder and remote keyless entry system.

There are a number of options available for the 2010 Legacy. (Availability varies by trim level):

* Power moonroof at $995
* All-Weather Package at $500 which includes: heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer and heated exterior mirrors
* harman/kardon® audio system for $995 which includes: AM/FM 6 CD, 440 Watt harman/kardon amplifier, 9 harman/kardon speakers, hands-free Bluetooth® phone capability
* Navigation system for $2,000 which includes: AM/FM/CD/DVD, GPS navigation system 8" LCD touch-screen, 440 watt harman/kardon amplifier, 9 harman/kardon speakers, hands-free Bluetooth phone and audio, USB port with iPod™ control and backup camera

The 2.5i Premium comes with either a 6-speed manual transmission or the option of the all-new Lineartronic CVT and will have a starting price of $20,995 (2.5i Premium with Lineartronic CVT starts at $21,995.) Standard equipment includes all 2.5i model features (where applicable) plus 10-way power driver's seat, driver's side window w/automatic up and down, leather-wrapped steering wheel, instrument storage bin w/door, overhead console with sunglass holder and ambient light, bright exhaust tip, body-colored mirrors and 16" Alloy Wheels . Options include: All-Weather Package, harman/kardon audio system, power moonroof and navigation system (navigation system requires power moonroof option).

The 2.5i Limited comes equipped with the new Lineartronic CVT and will have a starting price of $24,995. The 2.5i Limited includes all 2.5i Premium model features (where applicable) plus paddle shifters and a 6-speed manual shift mode, P215/50 R17 all-season tires, 17" Alloy Wheels, perforated ivory / off black leather-trimmed upholstery, 4-way power front passenger seat, All-Weather Package and harman/kardon audio system. Options include: power moonroof and navigation system (navigation system requires power moonroof option).

The 2010 Legacy 2.5GT Premium and Limited are powered by a 265-hp turbocharged / intercooled Boxer engine and mated with a new 6-speed manual transmission. The engine features a unique turbocharger configuration that is mounted below the engine. This new location contributes to 30 percent quicker turbocharger response. Designed for the discerning enthusiast, the Legacy 2.5GT models are equipped to challenge some of the best names in the sport sedan field.

The 2.5GT Premium will have a starting price of $27,995 and includes all 2.5i Premium model features (where applicable) plus hood scoop, P225/45 R18 summer tires, 18" Alloy Wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips and All-Weather Package. Options include: harman/kardon audio system and power moonroof.

The 2.5GT Limited will have a starting price of $29,995 and includes all 2.5GT Premium model features (where applicable) plus perforated ivory / off black leather-trimmed upholstery, 4-way power front passenger seat, and harman/kardon audio system. Options include: power moonroof and navigation system (navigation system requires power moonroof option).

The all-new Legacy 3.6R, which replaces the 3.0R model – is smoother and more refined, with more torque and power. The 3.6R is powered by a 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine matched to a 5-speed electronic automatic transmission. Compared to the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine it replaces, the more powerful 3.6R has similar external size and uses regular-grade fuel, rather than premium as the 3.0L 6-cylinder recommended to achieve its rated power.

The Legacy 3.6R will have a starting price of $24,995 (a $1,600 reduction over the outgoing 3.0R) and includes all 2.5i model features (where applicable) plus P225/50 R17 all-season tires, 17" Alloy Wheels, paddle shifters, driver's side window w/automatic up and down, instrument storage bin w/door, overhead console with sunglass holder and ambient light, and dual chrome exhaust tips.

The 3.6R Premium will have a starting price of $25,995 and includes all 3.6R model features (where applicable) plus a 10-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and All-Weather Package. Options include: harman/kardon audio system and power moonroof.

The 3.6R Limited will have a starting price of $27,995 and includes all 3.6R Premium model features plus perforated ivory / off black leather-trimmed upholstery, 4-Way power front passenger seat, and harman/kardon audio system. Options include: power moonroof and navigation system (navigation system requires power moonroof option).

Accessory items for all 2010 Legacy models include 16" Alloy Wheels, fog lights, a Blueconnect Bluetooth hands-free phone device, iPod auxiliary connector, puddle lights, cargo tray and trunk lid spoiler. A complete list of accessories will be available soon on www.subaru.com.

Destination and Delivery charge is $695 for all 2010MY Legacy and Outback models in the Contiguous 48 States. The MSRP of PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) models is $300 more than the federal specification model. For more information about the 2010 Subaru Legacy, visit www.media.subaru.com

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a long-time admirer of the Subaru brand, I agree that the new Legacy has lost much of its distinctiveness. No question the outgoing model was better looking. The more mainstream styling has definitely worked for the Forester, will be curious to see how it plays out for the Legacy. Having spent some time with the car in person I will say that it should age better than many of it's competitors, namely the Accord, Camry and Mazda6. Like so many cars, it looks better in person, especially the GT with 18s. The styling is such that 16s and 17s, especially the former, look very small so bigger wheels are key.

      Overall, the Legacy is a much improved car and dynamically, though it grew in size, should be as good if not better than the previous gen. My only gripe is though the 2.5GT (obviously the pick of us auto enthusiasts) is the best looking of the Legacy models, it isn't sporty looking enough. The car looks exactly like the 2.5i and 3.6R models, save a set of 18s and a hood scoop. Wish Subaru would continue to differentiate and make the GT more sporty with things like blacked out window trim, standard foglights, rear lip spoiler, sports seats, etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I will actually be driving one of these when they arrive in showrooms. The 3.6R will be on my short list of AWD mid-size sedans with the Ford Fusion Sport V-6 AWD and LaCrosse CXS when I can drive that too.

      I'm leaning towards the *gasp* Buick.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Subaru: We ruin good things.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm mainly talking about cosmetic changes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You need to be more clear, the new face, or cvt. Mmmm.a Scubie with CVT, FUN! I'll be a happy man when CVT dies.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Meh - if you're going to go the two-pedal route, might as well go with the one that's smoothest and gets the best mileage--the car's soul has been eaten anyway.

        BTW, you can still get a six-speed manual in the base and 2.5 GT Legacies. In fact, it's mandatory on the latter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought the last car looked good, with its aggressive profile, slender headlights and sloping hood. This car looks like a Chinese knockoff that's been Botoxed in all the wrong places. Its a great value if you never look at it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know I'm going to get rapped in the mouth for this,...but I really like CVTs. I had an '04 Murano and just loved the way that CVT ran, especially through twisting mountain roads, no shift shock, loved it. Now I have an '06 Tribeca (best interior ever) and just can't do without symetrical all wheel drive, it's the best. I had always thought that if they would just drop a CVT in a Tribeca I'd have the best of both worlds. Now it looks like that just might happen. Well, they need to redesign the exterior,...too bland on current models.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wagon pwease ;_;
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        See here you lucky bastard, you can tune that Legacy to put out 350-400 hp to the wheels reliably, and I mean it'll still be a more reliable car than any BMW. I'd kill for that Legacy, being able to take double the power without even removing the engine. Run it into the ground, or let your future kids do it for you. Really man count your blessings.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Forester used to be too close to the Impreza Outback Sport wagons. I'm not a fan of the bigger car trend either. Damn Legacy is starting to look a bit German...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, right. Subaru of America has determined that if you like wagons, you'll take an Outback and like it. I'm happy I bought my '05 Legacy GT Ltd wagon with a 5speed.... I'll be keeping it for many years at this rate, and saving up for a 3-series Touring to replace it. Here's hoping BMW at least keeps the manual-transmission 3 Touring for the US market...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Last week Subaru held a training event on the 2010 models where they had a 2010 Legacy 3.0R and a 2010 Outback 2.5i Limited that we got to see, touch, feel, smell the works, oh and yes drove the heck out of them. All the local salesmen were asked of what they thought of the new models. Most of the responses were that the vehicles looked bloated and cheap. After seeing the the Legacy and the Outback everyone was like "were we not gunning for Accord and Camry? Because Acura and Lexus need to watch out!" The Outback is about the size of a Pacifica but lower to the ground. The Legacy nose is very much like the Camry, height wise not shape, and the size is what you expect from a sedan. I can tell you if you are a Subie driver or looking at Subaru for the first time you will be pleased and grinning from ear to ear every time your foot touches the petal. With the CVT, which is chain driven, matched to the 2.5i in the Outback, I was put back in my seat more than once. Again you will love the new Subaru's.

      If you are in the Charlotte, NC / Metrolina Area and want to see the all new 2010 Legacy or Outback when it is out feel free to email ddowell@folgerautomotive.com and I will contact you when we have scheduled our launch events.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not to bad for pricing, but man what a downgrade on styling. Subaru seems to be heading the way of blandness.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Heading that way? Subaru=blandness=overrated=over-priced
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually I should hold on to my opinion about its looks until I see one in person. This could be another one of those cars that photograph ugly but are actually pretty sweet in person (like the newest Maxima is for me).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love it when an automaker manages to drop the prices on their offerings. When I first saw the new Legacy, I was all, "yuk they made it a fatso" but now, I kind of appreciate the bulk. It's very different, aesthetically, from the previous model year, but it looks pretty nice.

      The addition of the CVT should provide for better mpg numbers, which was obviously the point. They're 4-speed auto was dreadfully out of date. If you want sport, get the manual, just like always. and my 2 cents: Subaru AWD is the best, I love it when things get slippy & the scooby gets grippy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      any pics of the GT?
        • 6 Years Ago
        They're in the gallery, a red GT w/ the manual.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great pricing. But the car is the worst looking Subaru ever made IMHO. Nothing on it flows, and everything looks out of porportion. It actually reminds me of all the chinese knock offs of other cars. But hey, there is a thought. Maybe the chinese knock off of it will look GOOD!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd take a hard look at this in ~2 years if the reviews for the 2.5GT are favorable. Pretty much what I'm looking for in my next car (not flashy, nice interior, decent interior space, and hopefully, fun to drive)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree! If the reviews for the GT are good I'd take a close look at a used one. I may like the old body style a bit better, but this isn't a bad car by any means.
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