2019 Subaru Legacy Changes


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The 2019 Legacy is on sale now at Planet Subaru!


Subaru engineers most of its products, including Legacy, on a five year "product cycle."  The 2019 Legacy will be the fifth year of this generation (first introduced in 2015).  Rather predictably, Subaru typically "refreshes" the car with various mid-cycle changes in the fourth year, which they did on last year's model.  That fourth year brings a host of improvements and modifications to keep the vehicle looking fresh and to stay competitive with new models from other manufacturers. Expect an all-new 2020 Legacy, built on the new, more rigid and crashworthy "Global Platform" that will eventually underpin almost all of Subaru's vehicles.

Subaru made only a few changes to the 2019 model:
  • For the first time ever, Subaru's Eyesight driver safety suite will be standard across the entire Outback line-up.
  • The 2.5i base models gain an overhead console shower light and dual front center console USB ports.
  • A high-grade instrument panel combination meter with 5.0-inch LCD display is now standard for all models.
  • Legacy 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited models have a standard auto-dimming rearview compass mirror with Homelink® featuring a thin-frame design.


Take a deep dive into the 2019 Legacy, including pricing:


Legacy for 2019
2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i has a starting price of $22,545, an increase of only $350 from the 2018 model, which did not have standard EyeSight. The 2.5i base trim also comes standard with the SUBARU STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia with features including smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™, Android™ Auto, Aha™, Pandora® and STARLINK Cloud Apps; Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; and Rear Vision Camera. updated multimedia system now includes a single-disc CD player, HD Radio®, SiriusXM® All Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link®.

The 2019 Legacy 2.5i Premium begins at $24,695. Among upgrades over the 2.5i base trim are 17-inch alloy wheels, the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control system and a 10-way power driver's seat that includes power lumbar support.

The Legacy 2.5i Premium, Sport and Limited feature as standard the SUBARU STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system with a high-resolution 8.0-inch touchscreen that includes all the features of the 6.5-inch Multimedia system and adds Voice Activated Controls, Bluetooth® hands-free text messaging and Near Field Communication. STARLINK Connected Services are available as an opt-in feature on Premium and above trims.

Options for the 2.5 Premium include a Power Moonroof, STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia with Navigation, Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist and LED fog lights.

The 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport starts at $26,795. To the Premium trim level's equipment, the Sport adds 18-inch sport-styled wheels, sport-type front grille, body color rocker trim with chrome accents, body color trunk spoiler, LED fog lights and foldable mirrors with integrated turn signals. Exclusive to the Sport is a two-tone cloth interior with blue accent stitching, carbon fiber finish patterned trim and three-spoke design leather-wrapped steering wheel with blue stitching.

The Legacy 2.5i Sport is available with a suite of optional features including Power Moonroof, STARLINK 8.0" Multimedia with Navigation, Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist.

The 2019 Legacy 2.5i Limited, with a starting price of $29,245, enhances ride comfort with Stablex Suspension. The Limited adds the luxury of perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, heated rear seat backs and cushions, rear-seat air conditioner outlets and a 10-way power driver's seat with two-position memory and power lumbar support. Additionally, the Limited has a 4-way power front passenger seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, body color foldable side mirrors with integrated turn signals and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start.

At $31,545 the Legacy 3.6R Limited tops the line with a 256 horsepower, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine.

For the 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited, the Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert system is standard. STARLINK 8.0" Multimedia with Navigation, Power Moonroof, Reverse Automatic Braking, High Beam Assist and LED Steering Responsive Headlights are available in a package. On the Limited trims, the navigation system includes 12 Harman Kardon® speakers and a Harman Kardon 576-watt equivalent amplifier.

 
2019 Legacy Option Packages
Code Description MSRP
1 Standard Model N/A
2 Alloy Wheel Package $350
Nov-71 Standard Model Premium N/A
Dec-72 Blind Sport Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert + High Beam Assist + Fog Lights + Turn Signal Mirrors $850
15/75 or 16/76 Moonroof + Navigation System + Blind Spot Detection + Rear Cross Traffic Alert + High Beam Assist + Fog Lights + Turn Signal Mirrors $2,595
11 Standard Model Sport N/A
17 Moonroof + Navigation System + Reverse Automatic Braking + High Beam Assist $2,145
21 Standard Model Limited (2.5i & 3.6R) N/A
24 Moonroof + Navigation System + Reverse Automatic Braking + High Beam Assist + LED Steering Responsive Headlights $2,150
2019 Legacy
Model/Trim Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
2.5i CVT '01, '02 $22,545 $23,430
2.5i Premium CVT 11/71*, 12/72*, 15/75*, 16/76* $24,695 $25,580
2.5i Sport CVT 11, 17 $26,795 $27,680
2.5i Limited CVT 21, 24 $29,245 $30,130
3.6R Limited CVT 21, 24 $31,545 $32,430

 
Read on to learn about the changes Subaru made on last year's model for 2018:


 




The Legacy wears a sportier and more elegant look, highlighted by wider, lower grille openings and new bumper that complement the wider Subaru hexagonal grille, now with distinctive wing element. The C-shaped headlights and parking lights and new horizontal lines extending outward from the grille subtly suggest the piston motion of the BOXER engine, a Subaru core technology. The redesigned headlights now feature distinctive "Konoji" daytime LED running lights.  Available LED fog lamps lend a sophisticated image. 




  Subaru went through the Legacy chassis to make it even more comfortable to drive, while also retuning its suspension to enhance agility and steering and brake feel. Retuned dampers reduce the initial impact of bumps while also reducing body roll through turns. Smoother, more linear response from the Electric Power Steering (EPS) and a firmer, more direct brake-pedal feel also make the Legacy more engaging to drive.

 



Other design details bolster the luxury-class appearance, including new high-contrast wheel designs and two rich new exterior colors, Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl. From the rear, the styling conveys a wider, more planted stance, although the car measures the same width as before. The new tailpipe design integrated into the lower fascia adds a premium touch. 
 








The interior features new premium materials and a redesigned center console with an available 8-inch display screen for enhanced multimedia capabilities. On Premium and higher trims, real stitching on the dash, seats and door panels along with high-gloss black trim and silver-color bezels for various controls enhance the high-quality feel of the Legacy cabin. A new gray interior is now available, in addition to black or ivory. The steering wheel is all new with a sportier look and feel.







  










 
Subaru enhanced Legacy comfort in both large and small ways. The air conditioning system cools the cabin more quickly and provides more uniform temperature throughout the cabin. Subaru moved the temperature setting indicator to inside the control dial for more intuitive operation. As an added convenience on all models, interior power is retained for a short time after the ignition has been switched off. A redesigned clock is now larger and easier to read.

The Legacy offers the brand's latest SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia system with Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. The top-level system includes TomTom navigation with 3 years of free map updates. Two USB power ports are added to the back of the center console for rear seat passengers' convenience.
 






The standard STARLINK 6.5" Multimedia system is an upgrade from the previous STARLINK 6.2" system and offers quicker performance. The available STARLINK 8.0" system debuts a new 8-inch central display that uses a faster CPU to greatly increase startup speed, giving the touch screen a more smartphone-like operation and feel. More smartphone-linked operations improve the multimedia experience while reducing the need to divert eyes from the road or hands from the steering wheel.

The use of two microphones and Technology by Nuance (maker of Dragon Dictation apps for PCs and other devices) significantly improves the voice recognition capabilities. The driver can more easily use Apple Siri or OK Google voice commands. The system is also compatible with multiple languages.










 

 
 
Among standard features on all SUBARU STARLINK systems are Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control, a USB port and auxiliary input jack. High-line trims add more features, including dual USB ports. Smartphone integration features Aha and Pandora, along with STARLINK cloud applications iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Calendar, Music Player, News and Weather.
 
Apps include: 
  • Magellan NAVI  cloud-based mapping
  • eBird local bird sightings and locations
  • Best Parking locates parking  
  • YELP reviews of businesses
  • Glympse provides real-time location sharing
  • RightTrack monitors driving habits
  • Quick Guide reference guide for the vehicle
  • eventseeker information on local events
 
The Legacy STARLINK Multimedia systems are also compatible with OTA (Over the Air) updates using WiFi.






Already lauded for its quiet ride, the Legacy moves another step up in cabin comfort with further reductions from all noise sources. The Lineartronic CVT on 2.5-liter equipped cars uses a quieter ultra-short-pitch chain, and adjustments to engine timing under acceleration further reduce powertrain noise. Reshaped exterior mirrors are among a number of enhancements that help reduce noise entering the cabin. New sound-insulating inner film glass for the front side windows makes the front seat area quieter, while thicker rear wheel well aprons reduce rear seat ambient noise.




Already an exemplar of passenger safety, the Legacy adds to its array of driver-assist features, including available new Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH). Available in conjunction with LED headlights, SRH aims the lights into turns as the driver steers. Also, Limited models with EyeSight utilize the systems' cameras for High Beam Assist, which automatically turn the high beams on and off depending on traffic conditions.











The Legacy, the roomiest sedan in the midsize segment, is available in a 2.5i model with an efficient and responsive 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine, or, as the Legacy 3.6R with a 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine. Both engines come teamed as standard with the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with manual mode and paddle shift control switches. A retuned ECU provides the CVT with more responsive and smoother acceleration. The 2.5i will be available in standard, Premium, and Sport trims; Limited offers a choice of 2.5i or 3.6R engines. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring are standard in all trims, making the Legacy the only midsize sedan to feature all-wheel drive as standard on all models.
 
 
   
 
Price
We expect prices to rise slightly.  
 See Current PricingEven 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.
 
 

          



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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. 


 
2015+
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! 


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