2010 Legacy New Car Test Drive
The Subaru Legacy sedan, succeeding for two decades, has been redesigned for 2010. The 2010 Subaru Legacy boasts fresh styling, a redesigned body structure, new engines, new transmissions, redesigned suspension, and a new interior with vastly increased roominess. All Legacy models come with all-wheel drive. In fact, all Subarus come with all-wheel drive.
This fifth-generation Legacy offers a 3.2-inch longer wheelbase that adds nearly 4 inches of rear seat legroom, 9 percent increased passenger volume, and a whopping 30 percent increase in trunk space, when compared with pre-2010 models. But it's only 1.4 inches longer overall, thanks to shorter overhangs. For 2010, the Legacy has been widened by 3.6 inches and its chassis stiffened by 39 percent for ride, handling and stability.
Powertrains include a new 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, a new turbocharged double-overhead-cam four-cylinder, and a revised 2.5-liter single-overhead cam engine.
The body has been restyled as well, though nothing radical. More pronounced fender flares reflect today's styling, and there's a nice new grille with a bolder chrome trademark wing. Most of the many improvements are under the skin.
We found the 2010 Legacy wonderfully comfortable, with roomy seats front and rear, and high-quality interior trim. We particularly liked the perforated leather on the Limited models. These aren't luxury cars necessarily, but they are premium cars in terms of the quality of materials and the engineering that goes into them. The trunk on this sedan is quite large.
We found the 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i, the base model, effortless to drive. The transmission works automatically, with nothing to do but put it in Drive and go; the CVT gets good fuel economy. The 2.5GT offers sportier performance with its turbocharged engine, while the six-cylinder 3.6R has strong low-rpm power for excellent drivability.
All of them offer good handling, benefits of the all-wheel drive, a low center of gravity and nicely tuned suspensions.
The Legacy 2.5i ($19,995) comes the revised 170-hp boxer-four engine, six-speed manual transmission, and 16-inch steel wheels. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, 60/40 split rear seat with armrest, steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons, stereo with CD player and input jacks, remote entry, and power windows, locks and mirrors. CVT is optional ($1000).
The 2.5i Premium ($20,995) adds a 10-way power driver's seat, alloy wheels and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 2.5i Limited ($24,995) comes standard with leather-trimmed upholstery, a four-way adjustable power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, nine-speaker harman-kardon 440-watt audio system, 17-inch alloy wheels, all-weather package, and the CVT.
The 2.5GT Premium ($27,995) uses the redesigned 265-hp turbocharged engine with six-speed gearbox, and 18-inch alloy wheels with wide profile tires. The all-weather package is standard. Moonroof ($995), harman kardon audio ($995), and Bluetooth ($399) are optional, with iPod and USB connection an available accessory. The 2.5GT Limited ($29,995) adds perforated leather upholstery in ivory and off-black, the four-way power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, the sound system and Bluetooth. A voice navigation system with backup camera is optional.
The 3.6R ($24,995) comes with the new 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, along with 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. The 3.6R Premium ($25,995) adds 10-way power driver's seat, all-weather package, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 3.6R Limited ($27,995) adds leather, the four-way power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, harman-kardon sound system, and Bluetooth, with navigation optional.
Safety equipment on all models includes front and front side airbags with side curtain airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamics Control with traction control, and tire pressure monitor.