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The 2021 Legacy is on sale now at Planet Subaru. Subaru published only a few changes from last year. Subaru introduced an all-new Legacy for the 2020 model year so Subaru won't make many revisions in this second model year.  Dimensions, sheet metal, and most specifications will be identical.

  • Now standard on all trim levels, Steering Responsive LED headlights (low and high beam) for improved visibility when driving at night. The Steering Responsive Headlight system aims the headlight beams in the direction the vehicle is traveling on curved roads. 
  • In an effort to prevent child and/or pet entrapment, a Rear Seat Reminder is now standard on all Legacy and Outback trims. The system reminds the driver to check the rear seat area before exiting the vehicle.
  • Also new for the year, a standard Seat Belt Reminder detects passengers in the front and/or rear seating position and gives an audible and visual warning if their seatbelt has not been fastened.

More information about the 2021 Legacy:

The 2021 Legacy is available in six trim levels: Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited, Limited XT and Touring XT. Pricing on the Legacy starts at $22,895 just a $150 increase from the previous year. 

The Legacy Base is equipped with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring and is powered by the 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine. The naturally aspired engine produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a standard Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) with 8-speed manual shift mode and steering wheel paddle shift control switches.
The award-winning Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology is standard on all trim levels. EyeSight includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control (AACC) with Lane Centering. The safety feature works in conjunction with AACC to assist with centering the SUV within the travel lane.   

The Legacy comes with an extensive list of standard features including power windows, door locks, fuel door, and mirrors as well as dual USB input ports in the front center console. The standard security system includes remote keyless entry. Additionally, the Base comes well-equipped with the SUBARU STARLINK™ dual 7.0-inch Multimedia system that features Apple CarPlay™, Android™ Auto, and Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity.

An Alloy Wheel Package is available for an MSRP of $350. With a retail value of $1,000, the 17-inch wheel package is discounted significantly for customers.    

Starting at $25,145 the 2021 Legacy Premium also increases just $150. Upgrades over the Base trim include All-Weather Package, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control system and a 10-way power driver seat. Two additional USB charging ports are included in the rear section of the center console. The Premium comes standard with the tablet-style 11.6-inch STARLINK Multimedia Plus. The center information display offers direct touch controls for multimedia, HVAC, and vehicle settings.

The Premium also introduces an all-new exterior color: Brilliant Bronze Metallic. The new color can be paired with either ivory or black interior.

Two Option Packages are available for the Premium with no price increase from the previous year.  The first package includes Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, LED fog lights and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.  The MSRP is only $1,000.  The second package adds a Power Moonroof and STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation powered by TomTom® for an MSRP of $2,595.

The 2021 Subaru Legacy Sport starts at $27,095 and upgrades the Premium trim with unique 18-inch sport-styled wheels in black finish; sport-type front grille; body color rocker trim and trunk spoiler; LED fog lights; exterior mirrors in Crystal Black Silica finish; and unique charcoal gray upholstery with bold red contrast stitching.
The Legacy Sport offers an available option package with the STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system; Power Moonroof; Reverse Automatic Braking; and Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The MSRP is still $2,245.

The 2021 Legacy Limited, with a starting price of $29,895 adds luxury features including perforated leather-trimmed upholstery; heated rear seat backs; rear A/C outlets; and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start.  Standard driver assist technologies include Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The Limited offers a single option package that includes the DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System, STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system, a Harman Kardon® premium audio system; Power Moonroof and Heated Steering Wheel. The MSRP is the same price as the previous year at $2,045.

At $34,445, the turbo-charged Legacy Limited XT increases by only $250 for 2021 model year. Along with the upgraded 2.4-liter turbo BOXER engine, the Limited XT adds features including: Power Moonroof; Heated Steering Wheel; STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation featuring a Harman Kardon premium audio system; and DriverFocus. 

The Legacy Touring XT is priced at $36,145, a $250 increase from the previous year. The top trim builds on the Limited XT and adds a 180-degree Front View Monitor and a Sierra Tan Nappa Leather upholstery.




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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. 

You would hardly know if from the sheetmetal, which bears similarities to the previous generation, but nearly every part on the car changed, including the chassis or "frame." Built on Subaru's Global Platform that now underpins most of its vehicles, this latest generation is much more crash-absortive and it rides like it's hewn from a single hunk of very strong metal. Infotainment screen goes big time and new features, such as Driver Focus, abound.

2015 through 2019
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. The Legacy 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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