Subaru has recently moved their popular Legacy sport sedan into its fifth generation for the 2010 model year — meaning the fourth-generation car has now transitioned fully into the used car marketplace.

For its last generation, Legacy was available in both sedan and wagon body styles.

Numerous special models were available, and feature content included heated leather seats, automatic climate control, a sunroof, remote access and more.

All-wheel drive was standard on all models.

 

Engine

Available were a 2.5-litre four-cyinder boxer engine with 170 horsepower, a turbocharged version thereof making up to 250 horsepower, and a three-litre flat six.

What owners like

Legacy owners typically rate fuel mileage, handling and dynamics, responsiveness and interior build quality the most highly. All weather confidence thanks to the standard AWD system is also typically raved about, too.

What owners dislike

Legacy owners typically wish for more interior room, a more spacious rear seat, and more performance from the standard engine. Some owners report heavy fuel consumption from the turbocharged engine, too.

Common issues

Look for rust on the used Legacy’s trunk lid, and especially the trunk lip. You’ll have to open the trunk to see any rust forming here. Have a look under the vehicle for signs of rust or leaky differentials, as well as leaky engine or transmission seals. A squealing or scraping noise from the front of the engine while idling could be caused by a belt-tensioner pulley that’s starting to fail.

Verdict

Typically, Subaru drivetrains and powerplants are known to be very solid and reliable if properly maintained. If everything checks out, a well-maintained last-generation Legacy should prove an enjoyable and confidence-inspiring ride for years to come.

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