2017 Legacy Sport...note unique wheels, graphite grill, and chrome rocker trim

"High luster" mirror housing with integrated
turn signal

Steering wheel gets "piano black" inserts

New 18" wheel unique to Sport model

New "rimless" auto-dimming mirror incorporates 
sensor (shown below right) for high-beam assist system

Light modules get black detailing

Note blue stitching in seats
High-beam assist sensor, center; Eyesight cameras above mirror


Executive Summary

We expect the first 2017 Legacy to arrive at Planet Subaru in July of 2016.  Learn more about ordering a 2017 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 and didn't make substantial modifications in this third model year. 
Dimensions, sheet metal, and most specifications are identical. Subaru builds most of its vehicles, including Legacy, on a five-year "product cycle."  They typically engineer modest changes into the fourth year, when we usually see revised headlights, taillights, bumper covers, interior gauges, and other relatively inexpensive modifications that keep the vehicle looking fresh.  We expect to see those changes on the 2018 model.  

The Subaru Legacy Sport, pictured above, debuts with exclusive styling features including a dark gray front grille, fog lights with gloss black housings, and newly designed 18-in. sport-styled wheels.  Chrome-accented rocker trim and high luster silver-finished turn-signal mirrors further emphasize the sleek look of this new trim level.  The Legacy Sport interior highlights include unique two-tone pairing of gray and black cloth upholstery and exclusive blue stitching on the seats, door panels, and steering wheel. Also, a carbon fiber pattern dash and door panel trim are complemented by piano-black door switch panels and steering wheel switches. The new Sport trim also offers Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist as part of the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology option package. Both features are new to the Legacy line for 2017.

Planet-exclusive three minute introductory video
Legacy Colors

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


All new Legacy sedans purchased at Planet come standard with:

More on 2017 Legacy


Subaru keeps adding capability to its acclaimed suite of driver assistance technologies.  For 2017, Subaru adds Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist.  

The system already included adaptive cruise control, pre-collision forward braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic alert.
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 with the exception of the new Sport model pictured at the top of this page.
  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.  

We expect prices to rise a few hundred dollars.    
 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:

 25 city, 34 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 in 2017 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 give Legacy confident grip in all weather conditions. The 2017 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, has a starting MSRP of $21,995.

Premium trim Legacy upgrades include 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. The well-equipped 2017 Legacy 2.5i Premium begins at $23,995.

The Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport debuts as a 2017 model with excusive styling features including unique two-tone interior with piano black and carbon fiber patterned trim, 18-in. sport-styled wheels, dark gray front grille and fog lights with gloss black housing. Chrome-accent rocker trim and high luster silver-finished turn-signal mirrors further emphasize the sleek look of this new trim. The Legacy 2.5i Sport debuts at $25,595 and is available with EyeSight® and a suite of accompanying safety features like Blind Spot Detection & High Beam Assist as well as Reverse Automatic Braking.

The Legacy 2.5i features a STARLINK 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, with a 4 month free trial of audio and Travelink information including sport and weather, 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.

Premium, Sport, and Limited trims have a standard STARLINK 7.0" Multimedia Plus with a high-resolution 7-in. LCD screen featuring multi-touch gesture controls, Bluetooth hands-free SMS text messaging and dual USB ports.

Beginning at $28,840, the Legacy Limited adds perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, Power Moonroof Package, Keyless Access with Push Button Start, 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 and Stablex suspension tuning.

Legacy Limited trim with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology also come equipped with Blind Spot Detection & High Beam Assist as well as Reverse Automatic Braking. The 7.0" Multimedia Navigation System with 3 years of free map updates is also offered. New for 2017 on 2.5i Legacy Limited equipped with Eyesight are HID low beam headlights and multi-reflector halogen high beams. Automatic HID low beam height adjust control comes standard on EyeSight-equipped Limiteds.

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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





If you need to know about the changes to the 2017, you need look no further, especially if you live close to Boston, Brookline, Quincy, or Braintree.