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2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited Review

Affordable All-Wheel Drive Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Subaru Legacy

In short: A value-oriented, sporty midsize sedan.

Competing in a crowded market segment home to the likes of the Honda Accord and Mazda 6, this family-friendly sedan offers the type of performance handling that few in its class can match. Featuring standard symmetrical all-wheel drive and a surprisingly sporty horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine, the Subaru Legacy is an excellent option for gear heads on a budget.

Read a review of the 2008 Subaru Legacy 3.0 R Limited

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited mile rust perforation warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $25,295 / As tested: $29,511

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.5 liter horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 170 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed auto with manual mode and paddle shifters

Curb weight:
3,451 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 186.4/71.7/59.3 in
Turning circle: 36.8 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; double wishbone rear; front and rear stabilizer bars

Traction: electronic stability control; traction control

0-60 mph: 9.4 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
23 mpg
EPA Highway: 31 mpg

advanced frontal airbag system; side curtain airbags; front seat side-impact airbags

Likes: price; all-wheel drive; sportiness; touches of luxury
Dislikes: whining noises from engine/drivetrain


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