Consumer Reviews Summary
22 of 24 (91%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Subaru Legacy Overview
The Subaru Legacy gets refreshed styling, a more powerful and efficient four-cylinder engine, new continuously variable transmission, and reworked suspension for 2013. Also new is the EyeSight driver aid system, which is designed to intervene to prevent or lessen the impact of a collision. The 3.5-liter flat-six engine and five-speed manual carry on, but the 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has been dropped. Subaru offers three four-cylinder and two six-cylinder models of the 2013 Legacy.
With new front fascia, grille, headlights, fog lights and bumper the Legacy adopts styling more similar to the changes made to last year’s Impreza. The look has sharper creases and lower lip that distinguish Subaru’s cars from its crossovers. The sides are cleanly styled with moderately pronounced wheel arches, while the head and taillights flow with the shape of the sheet metal, wrapping around the front and back corners. Sixteen-inch steel wheels come standard and 17-inch alloy rims are available. Dual tailpipes distinguish six-cylinder models from their siblings.
Subaru is known for its all-wheel drive systems and the flat, or horizontally opposed, engines. Legacy’s 2.5 models come with a 173-horsepower, 2.5-liter, flat-four engine with 174 pounds-feet of torque and mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable automatic transmission. Power is up from 170-horsepower in the 2012 model, and Subaru says the new CVT is quieter and more responsive. The Legacy 3.5 draws power from a 256-horsepower, 3.5-liter, flat-six cylinder producing 247 pounds-feet of torque and paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy is nearly always an important factor with midsize sedan buyers, and all-wheel drive systems aren’t quite as thrifty as those only driving a pair of wheels. Subaru’s improved 2.5-liter engine and CVT get a respectable 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, the latter figure being the highest for an AWD midsize sedan. The six-speed manual gives up a bit of economy, returning 21/city and 28/highway. With the 3.5-liter six and five-speed automatic, the figures come in at 18/25 mpg city/highway.
Notable standard features inside include Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, trip computer, electronic parking brake, and tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Available options include power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and up-rated audio systems. However, navigation and rearview backup camera are only offered on the top 2.5 and 3.5 trim levels.
The 2013 Legacy’s standard safety features include Vehicle Dynamic Control, which combines stability and traction control systems, and supplements the all-wheel drive system, antilock brakes, and six airbags (front, front side-impact and side-curtain). Also standard are Hill Holder Assist and a new brake override system that cuts power when both brake and accelerator are pressed at the same time. Subaru’s new EyeSight driver aid system is a significant feature that wraps adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and pedestrian detection into one system. However, it’s offered only on the top-level trim. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Legacy a 2012 Top Safety Pick.
With updated styling and features, the 2013 Subaru Legacy is a great choice for those who have to have all-wheel drive with their midsize sedan.