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Subaru Legacy Review

Subaru has recently released the fifth generation Legacy in their product lineup. The latest model was released during the brand’s image change, when the vehicles shifted from the saloon types to the Impreza hatchback. Subaru hopes to upgrade its image and market by focusing on more mainstream type vehicles rather than opting for the traditional performance they were initially known for. The Legacy follows suit to this change, aimed particularly for buyers that would opt for its three engines and particular body shape.

Pros

The latest Legacy does away with the visual elements shared by the previous generations. Instead of opting for the flat line that runs from the A-pillar to the rear edge, the newest generation has body coloured D-pillars and curves going about the rear window line. There’s a large yet flat area found below the Legacy beltline that gives the car an overall solidity in its design. The bulky look of the lower half is contrasted by the fussier looking top side of the vehicle. This complementary relationship is finished off by the chrome that lines the windows.

There’s enough legroom and headroom at the front and the rear can easily fit three individuals. The load bay is also quite large at 526 litres when the seats are unfolded. The boot expands into 1726 litres once the seats are folded. Its floor is low enough to accommodate all your luggage. Plus the rear bumper does not get in the way, letting you place heavy cargo.

The cabin is ergonomically sound. Front chairs are properly spaced between each other yet are large enough for complete comfort. All the dials are clear and concise in form and function. The headlights and wipers work automatically, but give you the choice of turning them on and off as well.

Cons

The 2.0-litre at 148bhp is the best diesel engine for the Legacy Tourer model. The downside to this engine choice is its average speed: a 62mph sprint takes 9.6 seconds and its top speed is just 120mph. The engine also doesn’t offer enough punch compared to the competing brand’s diesel engines. The 2.5-litre petrol engine isn’t so impressive either when it’s time to drive on slippery roads. No automatic gearbox is included with the diesel engine. And although the petrol is stronger than the diesel, it performs quiet slow with its 10.3 seconds long 62mph sprint. The petrol does have an advantage, however, in going much smoother and quieter than the diesel engine.

The Lineartronic auto gearbox is a hit or miss.  The gearbox is not the conventional automatic type but is a Continuously Variable Transmission or CVT type. Although it provides a smooth ride for the most part, it tends to get too busy during sudden accelerations. But we’d recommend the Lineartronic over the manual.

The electronic handbrake could use some improvement as well, and could have had a bigger size for better grip. Otherwise it’s quite easy to operate and quickly releases once you push for throttle.

The Legacy achieves much by being a reliable car, but not much else. You will have some trouble working with the clunky gearshift and gear ratios, and the lack of smoothness for some engines can deter a final decision.

What do you think?

(Average rating: 5 , Total rates: 1 )

A History of the Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy is a midsize car which came out in 1989. The Legacy is the company’s flagship car, and has been produced in five generations since then, with the latest unveiled at the 2009 New York Auto Show.

The Legacy is the Japanese automaker’s venture into the North American midsize segment and was designed to compete with Honda and Toyota’s midsize vehicles. The first generation was marketed worldwide in 1990. The design was a deviation from Subaru’s tradition of car-making, and was positioned above the company’s other models.

The second generation was produced beginning 1994. This generation spawned the Legacy Outback model, a vehicle designed to compete with the growing SUV market. The Legacy Outback was then made into a separate model in 2000, the Subaru Outback.

By 1998, the third generation was produced. A redesigned model was released in 2004, which won the 2003-2004 Japan Car of the Year. A concept vehicle for the fifth generation was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. This coincided with the 20th anniversary of the model.

The Legacy has also garnered recognition in motorsports beginning 1990. The model has successfully finished races such as the WRC Safari Rally. As of today, the Legacy is enjoying millions of sales worldwide.

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