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2009 Subaru Legacy Sedan - Overview

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2009 Subaru Legacy Sedan

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • New 3.0 R base model gets 245-hp H-6 engine
  • Expanded availability of Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
  • Special Edition series includes VDC
  • New 305-watt harman/kardon premium audio standard on most models
  • Limited models gain dual-zone climate control
  • Steering-wheel controls are standard on base 3.0 R and all Limited models
  • Base (non-turbo) 2.5-liter engine can be PZEV-compliant
  • Two new body colors offered: Seacrest Green and Ruby Red metallic
Overview
The Legacy has been a staple in Subaru's lineup since the 1990 model year. What made Legacy different from other midsize sedans-beyond the horizontally opposed ("boxer") engine-has been its available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Subaru further differentiated the Legacy in 1996 by making AWD standard, and it's been a hallmark of the car ever since. In 1995 Subaru introduced the Outback, which evolved into a beefed-up version of the Legacy wagon with bigger wheels, more ground clearance and improved off-road capabilities. The Outback and Legacy wagons were sold side-by-side for more than a decade. That ended in 2008 with the discontinuation of the Legacy wagon. In its place, Subaru added the Legacy 3.0 R sedan with a 245-hp 6-cylinder engine, as the first 6-cylinder Legacy to be sold in North America. A new base 3.0 R model for 2009 brings 6-cylinder operation at a lower price.

Model Lineup
For 2009, the Subaru Legacy is available in seven trim levels (one more than in 2008): 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition, 2.5i Limited, 2.5 GT Limited, 2.5 GT spec.B, 3.0 R base, and 3.0 R Limited. All models include power windows, locks and mirrors; keyless entry; alloy wheels; MP3-capable CD player; air conditioning; and cruise control. The 2.5i Special Edition adds an automatic transmission, 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat and moonroof, and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC). In addition to standard automatic, the 2.5i Limited gets leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, and an upgraded 385-watt harman/kardon audio system with 9 speakers.

The 2.5 GT Limited and 2.5 GT spec.B offer more power, courtesy of a turbocharged engine. In addition to the 2.5i Limited's equipment, the 2.5 GT Limited gets Subaru's SI-DRIVE system; power-adjustable passenger seat; optional touch-screen navigation system; and choice of manual or automatic transmission. The performance-oriented 2.5 GT spec.B comes exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission and adds larger alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, and a torque-sensing rear limited-slip differential. VDC and navigation, optional on the GT Limited, are standard on the spec.B model.

The 3.0 R Limited builds on the GT Limited with the H-6 engine, automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bilstein sport-tuned suspension, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, VDC, and an available navigation system. The new base 3.0 R model rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and has manual air conditioning.

Powertrain
Subaru Legacy 2.5i models are powered by a 2.5-liter, horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine with an output of 170 hp at 6000 rpm and 170 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. EPA fuel-economy estimates for 2009 are 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway with either the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Legacy 2.5 GT models come with a turbocharged version of the 2.5 that puts out 243 hp at 6000 rpm and 241 lb.-ft. of torque at 3600 rpm. Transmission choices for the GT Limited are a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic; EPA estimates for both are 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway. The Legacy spec.B comes exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission; it's rated for 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. Each Legacy 3.0 R gets a 3.0-liter horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine rated at 245 hp at 6600 rpm and 215 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm and a 5-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy ratings are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. All Legacy models come standard with Subaru's Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system. Legacy GT and Legacy 3.0 R models feature a limited-slip rear differential.

Safety
Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Subaru Legacy includes frontal, front-seat side and two-row side curtain air bags, along with anti-lock brakes. An electronic stability control system, which Subaru calls VDC, is optional or standard on all models except the 2.5 GT with manual shift.

In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Subaru Legacy scored a perfect 5 stars for frontal-impact protection for both driver and passenger. The Legacy also received 5 stars for front and rear occupants in the side-impact test, and the Legacy achieved a 4-star rollover rating.

Technology
Subaru employs three versions of its AWD system for the Legacy. Models with a manual transmission use a viscous-coupeing center differential that splits power 50/50 front-to-rear under normal circumstances, varying it as slippage occurs. Legacy 2.5i automatic models get an electronically controlled center continuously variable transfer clutch to shift power front-to-rear, while automatic GT Limited and 3.0 R models employ the Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) system, which uses a planetary center differential and an electronically controlled, continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch. The VTD system is set up to send slightly more power to the rear wheels under normal conditions for a sportier feel and enhanced agility, Subaru says.

Legacy GT Limited, Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B and Legacy 3.0 R Limited models get Subaru's SI-DRIVE system, which has three modes (Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp) that alter power output, response of the electronic throttle and, for automatic models, the shift characteristics.

Available Trims for the 2009 Subaru Legacy Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
2.5i (M5) 5 speed manual $20,795 170-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 20/27
2.5i Limited (A4) 4 speed automatic $24,995 170-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 20/26
3.0R (A5) 5 speed automatic $26,595 245-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl 17/24
2.5GT Limited (M5) 5 speed manual $28,895 243-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 18/25
3.0R Limited (A5) 5 speed automatic $29,895 245-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl 17/24
2.5GT spec. B (M6) 6 speed manual $34,595 243-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 17/24

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