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2010 Subaru Legacy turns heads without breaking the bank.

Bold new styling
Bold new styling

Subaru’s Legacy and Outback never sold in numbers to rival the big-name family sedan competition, but it doesn’t mean the cars didn’t find a niche. The Outback, a raised wagon version of the Legacy, has become a favorite of suburban families and outdoorsy folks.


In fall of 2009, Subaru will start selling the 5th generation of the all-new 2010 Legacy. A short list of the new features includes:

• Roomiest Legacy Ever with New Level of Comfort, Quiet and Refinement
• Bold New Design Stands Apart from Mainstream Midsize Sedans
• New 6-speed Manual and CVT Transmissions for Legacy 2.5i Models
• 2.5GT Models Gain 265-hp Turbo Engine and 6-Speed Transmission
• New Legacy 3.6R Models Featuring More Powerful 6-Cylinder Engine
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The 2010 Legacy will still sport Subaru’s trademark symmetrical AWD feature standard. The engine choices be a 170 hp SOHC 16 valve 2.5L flat four, a 256 hp DOHC 24 valve 3.6L flat six and a 265 hp turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16 valve 2.5L flat four. The three transmissions available are the continuously variable automatic with manumatic shifting, 5-speed automatic with manumatic shifting and 6-speed manual. The engines being retained will be improved and will include a new alloy cylinder block to help reduce weight as well as a longer stroke action to improve torque levels.

The new car will build upon the lines of the current model (pictured) but will feature a more prominent grille, sharper and more angular headlights, flared fenders and a more chiseled overall appearance. Its designers describe it as being significantly different yet still easily recognizable as a Legacy. Once again, the new Legacy will include both the standard sedan and wagon models plus the popular Outback soft-roader, according to Edmunds.

The new Legacy will range from $20,995 to $31,995 with options to fit almost any budget. Since it gets a fuel economy rating average of between 26-21 mpg (depending on engine and transmission combination) the 2010 Legacy is a great CARS bill (cash for clunkers) alternative for purchase.


  • Kayelless 5 years ago

    Amongst the mainstream consumers Subaru's have always been under appreciated; however those who must travel through rougher terrain on a regular basis have recognized them for years as a great automotive companion.

  • RD 5 years ago

    31 MPG on the new CVT!
    The new CVT, combined with true AWD was a great idea, and the new engine tuning and suspension, coupled with vast increases in interior room and comfort will blow you away when you realize the price has been dropped.
    Great on pavement, ridiculously fun in horrible weather or bad roads. Refined, sophisticated, yet tough as a rock. And after flogging one on a track, you have to wonder: How can anyone not buy such a great car, with room to spare, terrific mileage, comfort, supreme safety and amazing surefootedness in any weather? No wonder Subaru caters to those who dig a little deeper when they buy: the loyal fans who own them expect more, and won't settle for a generic car. More car, much, much more control and safety, driving enjoyment, and resale to boot-all for less than your neighbor spent for his snob machine that can't follow you 'round a corner, wet or dry. Not a bad deal...
    That's why I drive smug, happy, and in control of my money and my car

  • 31 MPG Highway! 5 years ago

    31 MPG on the 2.5 with CVT-where are the other brands excuses now? Subaru achieves this with all wheel drive, a ton of room, and far greater safety. How can car makers build a car with less safety (Hello Honda-shame on you for the Accord back seat safety scores-my family would sit there! And if you can't give me a true awd system, forget about me as a customer!)
    Do some skeptical, hostile research, and don't waste ten years like I did before getting one of these amazing machines. You'll be even more impressed if you're jaded on 'high line brands'... There's a reason why so nmany engineers, professors, doctors, scientists, pilots, and Police, Fire and EMT, other demanding professionals will only drive Subaru-but anyone can afford one.
    Personally, I can't afford not to: my driving would destroy a lesser car, considering the roads and miles I drive.