The 2012 Subaru Legacy is a mid-size sedan available with a multitude of engines; 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 265 hp and a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 256 hp. Transmission consist of a 6-speed manual, CVT automatic, and 5-speed automatic with paddle shifters. All transmissions are paired with AWD to enable the Legacy to achieve fuel mileage within an EPA estimated range of 18 mpg city to 31 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. Features include moonroof, leather-trimmed upholstery, heated seats, premium sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, and rear-vision camera. Safety is comprised of vehicle dynamics control, traction control, anti-lock braking, tire pressure monitoring system and 6 standard airbags. The Legacy comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.

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The 2012 Subaru Legacy is mostly the same as the outgoing model year, but it did get a trim reshuffle, and some tweaking to the standard equipment list. The base 2.5i gets steering-wheel mounted audio controls and an available Alloy Wheel Package that includes fog lamps, heated front seats and heated mirrors. Azurite Blue Pearl and Steel Silver Metallic paints have been dropped, but Deep Indigo Pearl and Ice Silver Metallic have been added. The 2.5i Premium gets an upgraded stereo that now offers an audio input jack, a USB port, iPod control capability, Bluetooth and Sirius/XM satellite radio capability. The 2.5i Limited gets standard fog lamps.

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Compelling design inside and out; plenty of power; ride comfort; standard all-wheel drive; fine balance of luxury and performance

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Subaru has long been known for its insistence of standard all-wheel drive in all of its models. The Legacy brings Subaru's reputation for safety and reliability to a stylish mid-size sedan capable of surprising performance, with MSRP starting at just under $20,000.


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