2010 Subaru Legacy Gets EPA Rating

10Legacy The 2010 Subaru Legacy will get more power, but also manages to increase its fuel economy with a new transmission. The EPA rated the 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i model with a continuously variable automatic transmission 23/31 mpg city/highway. That’s a pretty significant improvement over the 2009 model’s top rating of 20/27 mpg city/highway, which was for a four-cylinder manual.

Fuel economy with the six-speed manual decreases to 19/27, and if you opt for the more powerful 2.5 GT or the 3.6R with a five-speed automatic, the EPA rates mileage at 18/25 mpg.

The four-cylinder 2010 Legacy starts at $19,995, which is pretty impressive for an all-wheel-drive midsize sedan. The 2009 model started at $20,795. Even with Subaru's vaunted reliability and this low price, we wonder if the car's questionable looks will prevent buyers from putting it on their short list when shopping in the segment.

By Stephen Markley | June 22, 2009 | Comments (7)

Comments 

Tony

Now, with useful backseat, good mileage and looks... What will be the next thing to stop it from selling?

SubaruBrat

About time. They were one of the first with a CVT and to perfect one. I've stayed away from them when they went AWD. Most of their cars used to get better than 40mpg with a standard shift, the A/C off and 2wd. That was before they when MFI and multi-valve with the boxster.

J

Hey Stephen, when will this baby go on sale?

JM

i wonder what kind of efficiency and power could come out of this engine if they added direct injection...probably figures around 200 hp and 200 lb-ft.

Subaru should migrate this transmission into the Impreza ASAP. the four speed auto in the 2009 model is just that- a four speed. its antiquated compared to the competition and does not help the drivetrain at all. it isnt even that smooth either.

James

"J" (6/23/2009),

Perhaps around or after July 4?

So we were led to believe from a dealer we visited in Bensenville, IL.

We did see a '10 Legacy at the dealer 6/22/2009. We could sit in it. We could ride in it while the Subaru guys drove it, but test drive ourselves? Not yet.

I'm looking forward to seeing road test data and the like for this car.

Dusty Robinson

I work at the Subaru plant where we make these sedans and wagons. Wow are we excited about these units hitting the streets. I love the new look. I think it looks much more sporty than the '09. Also, it has a ton more room, better gas mileage, and lower overall price. How could you go wrong buying one of these. The only problem I have is that I am afraid demand is going to be so high that we may have to start scheduling some production Saturdays to keep the dealers inventory full!!!

IH

I saw a nice looking blue 2.5 Auto today with white leather. Could have taken it for a test drive. Decided to wait until the wife could join in on the action. I think i'll be disappointed in the lack of power from the 2.5. Wondering when I can check out a 3.7. Also, wondering why anyone would get the built in Nav system when you can get a 3rd party one so much cheaper that gets traffic info and so on. Also, I don't understand why marketing didn't get more info on the website about the 2010 lineup for the vehicles launch.

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