2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited new car reviews

The Legacy carries Subaru's mid-size torch into another year.

Better than: A stripped-down Legacy
But not as good as: Infiniti G25
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 80.99

Legacy is an apt name. This is the longest-running model name currently in Subaru's bag of tricks, always adorning their mid-size vehicles. Once offered as both a sedan and a wagon, the latter is now sold strictly under the Outback name. Legacys only come with four doors.

Our tester was a top-spec 3.6R Limited model, equipped with all the goodies. Bluetooth connectivity, power driver and passenger seats and leather upholstery. The flat six-cylinder engine mates to a five-speed automatic and, as in nearly all Subarus of the last two decades, drives all four wheels.

Despite being in the priciest Legacy, that engine actually makes about 10 fewer each in the horsepower and torque categories than the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. As equipped, its $32,015 sticker price is peeking in the door of the entry-level luxury segment populated by the Lexus ES350 and Infiniti G25.

Other staff views

Alan Cesar FartSmeller69
SuperDork

Meh.

David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Another quiet Subaru. No, not the car we'd take to the Solo Nats, but it served well on a down-and-back trip to South Florida for a photo shoot. It's quiet, and the seats didn't give my back any trouble.

One gripe, though: iPod navigation seems to get very limited once the car is moving. I could change the song but not change the album or artist. On my long highway trip, that meant a lot of Rush that day. I'm not complaining, of course, but it would have been nice to change from Moving Pictures to Signals.

Join Free Join our community to easily find more articles.

Comments

View comments on the GRM forums
Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Dork
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Legacy is an apt name. This is the longest-running model name currently in Subaru's bag of tricks, always adorning their mid-size vehicles. Once offered as both a sedan and a wagon, the latter is now sold strictly under the Outback name. Legacys only come with four doors.

Our tester was a top-spec 3.6R Limited model, equipped with all the goodies. Bluetooth connectivity, power driver and passenger seats and leather upholstery. The flat six-cylinder engine mates to a five-speed automatic and, as in nearly all Subarus of the last two decades, drives all four wheels.

Despite being in the priciest Legacy, that engine actually makes about 10 fewer each in the horsepower and torque categories than the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. As equipped, its $32,015 sticker price is peeking in the door of the entry-level luxury segment populated by the Lexus ES350 and Infiniti G25.

naku1Ur55j1nnaq9IeWrPGTE7407nzGI