This page compares the 2016 Legacy with the 2015 Legacy. 


Compare current generation Legacy
(2015 and 2016)
with previous generation (2010 to 2014), right.

Executive Summary

2016 Subaru Legacy sedans are available at Planet now.  Or, learn more about ordering a 2016 Subaru Legacy from Planet Subaru

Don't expect huge changes from last year's model.  Subaru introduced an all-new Legacy for the 2015 model year so Subaru didn't make many revisions in this second model year.  Dimensions, sheet metal, and most specifications are identical.  Prices increased only $100 to $350, less than the rate of inflation.  Subaru did make some important tweaks:

  • On all models, a new auto on/off mode operates the windshield wipers with the headlights. 
  • A revised suspension on Limited models produces an even better ride. 
  • Premium and Limited trims receive upgraded infotainment capabilities through the Starlink system.  
  • Subaru retuned the electric power-assist steering for all Legacy models to provide an even more linear and natural feel.
  • The EyeSight option adds Lane Keep Assist, which the driver can activate with a steering wheel mounted switch.  This enhancement of the EyeSight system activates above 40 mph. If the EyeSight camera detects the vehicle drifting from the lane, steering assistance control engages to direct the vehicle back into the lane. If the vehicle leaves the lane, Lane Departure Warning is triggered and audible and visual alerts are engaged.

Planet-exclusive Legacy Photo Gallery

2016 Legacy Colors

Available interior colors are noted in parentheses (B=black, I=ivory)


2016 Legacy comes standard with:

  • Many convenience features, including Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity, air conditioning, keyless entry, cd player, power windows, power mirrors, and much more. 
  • 3 year/36,000 mile comprehensive warranty and 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

All new Legacy sedans purchased at Planet come standard with:

Changes to 2016 Legacy

Subaru upgraded Starlink infotainment capabilities  With new AT&T 4G LTE capability, Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services will provide:
  • Stolen vehicle recovery,
  • Automatic collision notification,
  • Remote vehicle services such as lock/unlock via smartphone
  • Monthly vehicle health reports.

Subaru added Stablex suspension dampers on Limited models for even better vibration reduction on rough roads and washboard surfaces. 
18" wheel on Legacy Limited

Total People Space
These dimensions remain the same, and are quite big. It's the roomiest interior in the mid-size class...bigger than Camry and Accord.
Total space:  104.6 cubic feet

Rear Legroom:  38.1 inches
 Adding space or making substantial changes to the interior takes a lot of money and engineering resources, so Subaru usually undertakes this project only once every five years.

Exterior will remain unchanged.
   This contemporary exterior looks great now, and will continue to look modern for several years so there's no reason to spend the money to change it every year.  

Subaru only raised prices $100 to $350, depending on model. 
 See Current Pricing Even without increasing margin, Subaru needs to keep up with inflation.  Even during these times of low inflation, 1% on a $25,000 car is $250. 

Trunk Space
We didn't really want to comment on the trunk space, but we had this great picture of our Greeter, Blue, so we figured we would make your day.  
15.0 Cubic Feet
 We like cats too.

Engines and Fuel Economy
2.5 liter displacement in the standard engine does not change.   

Continuously variable
automatic transmission:

 26 city, 36 highway

No manual offered.


 Go Go Motor Option
Optional six pot has 256 horsepower, but gets pretty good fuel economy because of the advanced transmission.

Optional 3.6 liter
six cylinder with high torque
Lineartronic Continuously Variable


20 city, 28 highway
Subaru sells a diesel in world markets but we will not see that engine stateside. Pipe dreamers hoping for the return of a turbocharged engine can keep dreaming.  

Take a deep dive into the 2016 Legacy:

In one of the industry's most competitive segments, the midsize Legacy sedan remains the only model to come standard with all-wheel drive. The combination of Subaru's acclaimed Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and standard Active Torque Vectoring gives Legacy confident grip in all weather conditions. The 2016 Legacy 2.5i, featuring a 175-horsepower 2.5-liter Boxer engine and standard Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual mode and paddle shifters, starts at an MSRP of $21,745 Legacy's 26 MPG city/36 MPG highway EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are the best of any all-wheel drive midsize sedan and are competitive with front-wheel drive models.

On Legacy 2.5i models, the Active Grille Shutter system helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance. The Legacy 3.6R Limited models are powered by a 256-horsepower 3.6 liter, 6-cylinder Boxer engine teamed to a high-torque Lineartronic CVT with manual mode and paddle shifters.

Legacy receives several refinements for 2016. On all models, a new auto on/off mode operates the windshield wipers with the headlights. Subaru retuned the electric power-assist steering for all Legacy models to provide an even more linear and natural feel. In the 2015 redesign, the Legacy Limited trims gained exclusive Stablex suspension dampers, and these have been further refined to significantly reduce vibration over rough roads, especially those with washboard-texture concrete surfaces.

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology Adds Lane Keep Assist

The 2015 Legacy earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating with the available Subaru-developed EyeSight system, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and, for 2016, adds a Lane Keep Assist function. Limited trims also feature standard Blind Spot Detection + Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which are included with the EyeSight option on the Premium trims.

Lane Keep Assist, which the driver can activate with a steering wheel mounted switch, is an enhancement of the EyeSight system that activates above 40 mph. If the EyeSight camera detects the vehicle drifting from the lane, steering assistance control engages to direct the vehicle back into the lane. If the vehicle leaves the lane, Lane Departure Warning is triggered and audible and visual alerts are engaged.

On Eyesight-equipped models, Steering Responsive Fog Lights help support visibility in the direction of a turn. In their redesign, the new-generation Legacy also gained driver and front passenger seat cushion airbags designed to retain the occupant's seating position and hold the occupant in place in an accident.

New SUBARU STARLINK Safety & Security

For 2016, Premium and Limited trims now feature the new SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security features. Two STARLINK packages are available and are among the most affordable in the industry. The STARLINK Safety Plus package includes SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts.

For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus Package adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

STARLINK Audio Systems

All Legacy trim lines for 2016 feature STARLINK, Subaru's in-vehicle platform that provides hands-free connectivity and entertainment services. STARLINK is designed to work seamlessly with the in-car head unit to provide smartphone integration and tap into nearly unlimited entertainment through apps such as Pandora®, iHeartRadio® Aha, and Stitcher. The technology can deliver live traffic alerts and also help reduce driver distraction by displaying texts and allowing the driver to use voice commands for music and navigation (when equipped).

The Legacy 2.5i models feature STARLINK 6.2" Multimedia with today's most in-demand user technologies, including: 6.2-in. single-touch gesture display, AM/FM stereo with HD Radio®, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Radio Data Broadcast System, single-disc CD player, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod® control, iTunes® Tagging, a USB port and auxiliary input jack. Smartphone integration features Aha and Pandora®, along with STARLINK cloud applications iHeartRadio®, Stitcher, Calendar, Music Player, News and Weather. The screen also provides the display for the standard rear vision camera.

The Premium and Limited trims have a standard STARLINK 7.0" Multimedia Plus with a high-resolution 7-in. LCD screen featuring multi-touch gesture controls, much like a smartphone or tablet. In addition, STARLINK 7.0" Multimedia includes Bluetooth hands-free SMS text messaging and dual USB ports.

Optional STARLINK 7.0" Multimedia Navigation features voice-activated controls and also includes SiriusXM Traffic® and NavWeather® (4-month trial subscription included). Navigation equipped models now come with three years of complimentary map updates.

Three Trim Levels for Each Model

The 2016 Legacy 2.5i is available in standard, Premium and Limited trim lines. The six-cylinder 3.6R versions are available exclusively in Limited trim. In addition to the STARLINK 7.0" information and entertainment system and STARLINK Safety and Security features, the Premium trim for both models adds 17-in. alloy wheels, the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), dual zone automatic climate control system, 10-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle, electroluminescent instrument panel with LCD color display, auto up/down front windows, illuminated overhead console and front door pull handles and body-color side mirrors.

A moonroof package can be added to the Premium and Limited trims and also includes an auto-dimming rear view compass mirror with Homelink®.

The Legacy Limited trims step up the luxury with perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, heated rear seat backs and cushions, rear-seat air conditioner outlets, 4-way power front passenger seat, a Harman Kardon® 575-watt equivalent amplifier and Harman Kardon Surround 12-speaker audio system, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, turn-signal side mirrors and woodgrain-pattern matte-finish interior accent trim. Optional Keyless Access & Push-Button Start with PIN code access is available exclusively for Limited trims.

Applicable option code
MSRP + destination and delivery ($795)
Legacy 2.5i
Legacy 2.5i Premium
11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Legacy 2.5i Limited
21, 22, 23
Legacy 3.6R Limited
21, 23
Partial Zero Emissions (PZEV) models
Legacy 2.5i
Legacy 2.5i Premium
11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Legacy 2.5i Limited
21, 22, 23
All models equipped as standard with Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT)

Destination & Delivery (D&D) is $795 & includes handling & inland freight charges to dealer's location and may vary in the following states: CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, & VT. D&D to dealers in Alaska is $945.

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Legacy through the years:

Introduced in 1990 as a small Japanese car, Legacy has grown in size and sophistication.  Through 2007, you could buy a Legacy sedan and a wagon, which got a little confusing since the more rugged Outback was also based on the Legacy platform.  (Making things even more confusing was the Outback Sedan, from 1997 through 2007).  Now, if you want a midsize sedan, you get the Legacy, and if you want a midsize wagon, you get the Outback. 

Fifth generation increases slightly in size and now offers most room in its midsize sedan class.  Upscale interior abounds with technology and infotainment functions.  Airbag count rises to eight with the addition of seat cushion airbags that deploy from the flat part of the seat to hold front occupants in place during an accident.

2010 through 2014

Sales skyrocketed with the introduction of a much larger Legacy, every bit as big as segment leaders Camry and Accord.  Continuously variable transmission debuts and fuel economy jumps.
  Eyesight appears in 2013. Optional six cylinder grows to 3.6 liters. 

2005 through 2009

Subaru refines this generation further, with better fuel economy, smoother ride, six airbags (including side curtains) and optional goodies such as navigation and a race-me-chase-me turbocharged engine.  Wagon sings its swan song in 2007, and thereafter Legacy becomes synonymous only with "Sedan."

2000 through 2004

Size remains the same, but Subaru irons out some goofy ergonomics from the last generation.  Larger 2.5 liter and side airbags become standard.  Styling and handling improve.

1995 through 1999

The second generation arrived with more interior room, and a more appealing exterior.  All wheel drive became standard in 1996. 

1990 through 1994

Introduced with a small 2.2 liter
engine, you could order your Legacy in your choice of front wheel drive or all wheel drive, sedan or wagon.  But every one came with a boxy exterior and motorized seatbelts! 

Legacy Links

  • Visit our dedicated Legacy resource page
  • Watch a Legacy pulling out of a glacier
  • Peruse a fancy dynamic Legacy brochure.
  • Review Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test results

  • Compare Subaru Legacy with Toyota Camry and Honda Accord
  • Compare the 2015 Legacy with the 2014 Legacy




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