The 2011 Subaru Legacyoffers a mid-size sedan platform in a wide range of performance levels from comfortable daily driving to engaging performance or elegant luxury. The 2011 Subaru Legacy offers standard all-wheel drive and above average performance in a fairly large package.
The all-wheel-drive 2011 Subaru Legacy offers a variety of engines and transmissions. The base 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine produces 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission (which includes a hill-holder feature) is standard on the base 2.5i and 2.5i Premium, while a CVT is optional on those models and standard on the 2.5i Limited. With the CVT, a 2.5i went from zero to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds. Estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with the CVT. The base model with the automatic transmission gets up to 31 miles-per-gallon on the highway: the six-cylinder model averages 25. Granted, the bigger engine produces forty percent more horsepower. But a difference of six miles-per-gallon on the highway shortens the driving range on a 12.5-gallon tank of gas by 75 miles.
Standard features include a tilt-and-slide sunroof, leather interior, heated front seats, six CD tuner with RDS and six speakers, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, an automatic activation for wipers and headlights. A voice activated GPS system with backup camera, iPod, USB, hands-free phone and Bluetooth streaming audio. Also available is a voice-activated navigation system with an 8-inch multifunctional screen, a rear-vision camera, and a DVD player. Legacy offers more total passenger room (2.91 cubic metres or 103 cu. ft.) than many competitors with more hip, shoulder, and head room as well as a large trunk. By itself, achieving a large trunk is significant, since the Legacy’s AWD layout requires packaging a rear differential and drive axles.
The 2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R base trim adds as standard 17-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips and driver’s window with auto up/down, in addition to all the standard features of the base 2.5i. The all-disc braking system, with ABS and EBD (Electric Brake-force Distribution) as standard, has a linear feel with retardation corresponding closely to applied brake pedal pressure. A redesigned master cylinder gives a 30% faster response to driver inputs on the brake pedal. Legacy’s standard equipment includes front seat-mounted side impact air bags and side curtain air bags that offer head protection for front and rear occupants. Legacy models are also equipped with the Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System.