A Quick History of the Subaru Legacy

by | Mar 2, 2016 | Automotive

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The Subaru Legacy has been available in the United States for over two decades, the brand of Subaru that has been available the longest by far. This vehicle, in both sedan and wagon style, has been a favorite of consumers due to its all-wheel drive that performs great in Midwestern winters. The car is currently in its sixth generation, and although it maintains a lot of its looks from the past, there are a lot of changes which have resulted in increased fuel efficiency and more interior space.

The fifth generation used Subaru Legacy in Chicago was available for almost five years, from 2010 through 2014. This generation was significantly larger in size than the fourth generation, and was quite distinctive due to its “blocky shape.”

Standard equipment in every model included air conditioning, a fully adjustable driver’s seat, a tilted telescope wheel, and a stereo system with four speakers. The up-market models, the Premium and Limited, had additional creature comforts, including power front seats and leather interior. The Limited model had Bluetooth and a navigation system, as well as a camera that engaged when reversing the vehicle.

The fourth generation used Subaru Legacy in Chicago also was available for five years; from 2005 through 2009. During the first four years of this generation, there was both a sedan and a wagon available, but in 2008 the company decided to discontinue the wagon. The sedan was considered, at the time, to be as lavish as luxury mid-size vehicles, and at the same time, provided equal passenger comfort. At the time, road tests, which were conducted by independent authorities, found the car to be sporty as well as comfortable, a challenge that many other manufacturers found difficult to meet. This generation had a 2.5 liter engine, which proved adequate for most situations. For those that were looking for more zip, however, the GT model came with a turbocharged version of the engine.

Compared to later models, the third generation lacked in refinement but it nevertheless had very good standard features, such as AWD.

For those looking for value in a used Subaru Legacy in Chicago they might want to take a close look at the second generation. This model dates back to 1995 through 1999 and is one of the better all weather performers of its time. It was during this generation that the wagon was introduced, perhaps one of the more rugged alternatives to the SUV. Visit http://www.hawksubaru.com for more information.

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