Relative to what other midsize sedans in the market offer, the new 2021 Subaru Legacy comes a bit short in its ride quality, acceleration, and overall refinement. However, it is solid choice if snow and rain are frequent occurrences in your daily commute. Its date of release should be expected in June 2021.
The Legacy, despite such a cold introduction above, is a darn good vehicle in other areas. It offers top crash test scores, many advanced safety features, a standard AWD system, and an excellent exterior visibility. The engine department remains unaltered though. But who’s complaining!
Subarus are known for their go-anywhere gonzo due to their standard all-wheel drive system which enables them maneuver effortlessly in mundane conditions especially where it snows and rains heavily such as in the Pacific Northwest or New England. Notwithstanding such capability, the vehicle hasn’t managed to achieve any major breakthrough in the midsize sedan market.
But for 2021, Subaru has tried to broaden the Legacy’s appeal through various add-ons and updates meant to make it feel like a mainstream sedan. The cabin materials, for instance, are upgraded. The cargo and passenger space has also been boosted, too. Previously a major concern, the fuel economy ratings have been improved with EPA now rating the 2.5L four-cylinder engine at combined rating of 30 mpg in the city/highway.
As much as we applaud the efforts invested by Subaru in trying to make the Legacy an appealing and compelling purchase, there are some grey areas which will certainly raise eyebrows such as the jaded acceleration, and a stiffer ride. Thus, other alternatives to consider include the 2021 Honda Accord, the 2021 Toyota Camry, the 2021 Mazda 6, and the 2021 Nissan Altima. These rivals are superior to the Legacy in terms of driver enjoyment, technology, and styling.
Offered Trims – 2021 Subaru Legacy
The sedan is offered in four trims ranging from the well-appointed 3.6R Limited to the base 2.5i trim models, and both the 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited trims fitting in between them. Both the GT Sport and the Hybrid are covered in own reviews.
Exterior Changes & 2021 Subaru Legacy Interior Colors
The base model comes equipped with a 60/40-split folding seats, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.2-inch touchscreen display controls, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, 17” steel wheels, an auxiliary audio jack, full power accessories, a height-adjustable driver seat, an iPod/USB interface, Aha and Pandora audio streaming, a six-speaker sound system, and a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.
Stepping up to the 2.5i Premium trim model gets you a telematics system, an automatic dual-zone climate control, exterior heated mirrors, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a windshield wiper de-icer, 17-inch alloy wheels, satellite radio, Internet-connected news, music, and weather apps, dual USB ports, 7” touchscreen display, an upgraded display system, upgraded gauges, and an eight-way power driver seat.
Options available for the 2.5i Premium trim include a rear cross-traffic alert, brake intervention, forward collision warning and mitigation system, a blind-spot warning system, a navigation system, lane-departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, adaptive foglights, a sunroof, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror.
The 2.5i Limited upgrades you with heated rear seats, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch alloy wheels, driver memory settings, a blind-spot warning system, power folding side mirrors, a four-way power passenger seat, and a comfort-tuned suspension system.
2021 Subaru Legacy Engine Specifications
Two engines are offered beneath the bonnets of the 2021 Subaru Legacy. The base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder capable of yielding about 175 hp and 174 lbs. ft. of torque. The other is a 3.6L six-cylinder turbo engine rated at an impressive 256 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque.
As you’d have guessed, the engines come mated to a CVT which further sends the output to all the wheels via the AWD mode.
It has been established by various test drives it will only require about 9.4 seconds to get past 60 mph with the 2.5i Premium trim. A disappointing acceleration considering its traditional rivals will probably require under 8 seconds to hit the same speed.
The four-cylinder engine, according to EPA returns about 36/26/30 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 29/20/23 mpg for the six-cylinder.
Price & 2021 Subaru Legacy Release Date
Recent news put June 2021 as the expected release date. As for the price, expect to pay about $21,745 for the Legacy wagon – a fair MSRP considering it offers a standard all-wheel drive system, and plenty of other unique features.