2011 Subaru Legacy

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Legacy MSRP: $ 19995.00
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Description:
Pros:
  • All-wheel drive stability and agile handling
  • Zoomy acceleration in the 2.5GT and 3.6R
  • Spacious backseat that drops down to extend the trunk space
  • Strong and reliable "boxer" engine
Cons:
  • Weak fuel economy numbers
  • Low-rent interior materials
  • Exterior styling is bland
Bottom line: The Legacy is the only sedan in its price class that offers all-wheel drive stability and better than average performance .

The 2011 Subaru Legacy continues its pace in the midsize sedan category with very few changes since the all-new fifth generation Legacy was introduced for the 2010 model year. The Legacy features Subaru's stout Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and an available 265 hp turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine in addition to the 170 hp 2.5 liter and 256 hp 3.6 liter Boxer engines.

Seven trims are available for the 2011 Legacy, ranging from the 2.5i to the 3.6R Limited.

Three 2.5i models equipped with Subaru's Lineartronic CVT option can reach 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway according to EPA estimates. Fuel economy numbers for the 3.6R model equipped with the 3.6L engine and 5-speed automatic transmission achieves 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The 2.5GT model is equipped with the 265 hp, turbocharged Boxer engine and EPA estimates are set at 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway.

Symmetrical all-wheel drive, stability and traction control are standard across both the 2.5i and 3.6R models. Subaru is the only manufacturer with IIHS Top Safety Picks for all models, two years in a row.

New for 2011, the Harman/Kardon® Audio Package, which is standard for Limited and optional on Premium models, now includes factory-installed XM Satellite Radio® with a three-month trial subscription.

Inside the Legacy, the rear seatback fold flat, opening the trunk for extended storage space. Plus, the seatback is a 60/40 split that allows for carrying large items and a rear seat passenger comfortably.

Driver and passenger no longer have battle over the temperature controls and can breathe easier. Available is a dual-zone climate control with CFC-free A/C and cabin air filtration.

According to Subaru, the horizontally opposed Boxer engine is practically bulletproof and has very strong reliability numbers. Ninety-five percent (95%) of the vehicles built by Subaru in the last 10 years are still on the road today.

 

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