2011 Legacy New Car Test Drive
The 2011 Subaru Legacy sedan is an alternative to mainstream sedans. The Legacy was completely redesigned for 2010, so only minor changes make their way to the lineup for 2011.
The 2011 Legacy 2.5GT Limited gets a sunroof, upgraded trim and satellite radio. The premium Harman-Kardon stereo system includes satellite radio on 2011 Subaru Legacy models.
All-wheel drive makes the Legacy an excellent choice for anyone who has to contend with weather. However, its fresh styling, respectable performance and excellent handling make the Legacy is a solid choice for anyone shopping for a durable four-door sedan.
This fifth-generation Legacy offers adequate front and rear-seat legroom, yet doesn't seem overly large, thanks to shorter overhangs compared to the previous generation (pre-2010 models). Trunk space measures 14.7 cubic feet, which is average for the segment.
Powertrains include a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, a turbocharged double-overhead-cam four-cylinder, and a 2.5-liter single-overhead cam four-cylinder.
Styling-wise, the Subaru Legacy stands apart from the rest with its distinctive silhouette. The body has pronounced fender flares and a grille with a bold chrome trademark wing. The 2.5 GT Limited trim level features a hood scoop that is both functional and adds to the sporty appearance.
We found the Subaru Legacy wonderfully comfortable, with high-quality interior trim. We particularly liked the perforated leather on the Limited models. These aren't luxury cars, but they are premium cars in terms of the quality of materials and the engineering that goes into them.
We found the base Subaru Legacy 2.5i effortless to drive. The transmission works automatically, with nothing to do but put it in Drive and go; the optional 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 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i ($19,995) is powered by a 170-hp boxer-four engine, paired with 6-speed manual transmission, and riding on 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).
Legacy 2.5i Premium ($20,995) adds a 10-way power driver's seat, alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and eight-way power driver's seat.
Legacy 2.5i Limited ($25,295) 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 (includes a windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors and heated front seats), and the CVT.
Legacy 3.6R ($24,995) comes with a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, along with 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires.
Legacy 3.6R Premium ($25,995) adds 10-way power driver's seat, all-weather package, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Legacy 3.6R Limited ($28,295) adds leather, the four-way power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, Harman-Kardon sound system, and Bluetooth, with navigation optional.
Legacy 2.5GT Limited ($31,395) uses the 265-hp turbocharged engine with six-speed manual transmission and 18-inch alloy wheels with summer tires. Standard features include a hood scoop fog lights, a sunroof, the all-weather package, satellite radio and unique interior trim.
Safety equipment on all 2011 Subaru Legacy 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.