2022 Subaru Legacy in RI


The Subaru Legacy is one of those longstanding, steady-Eddie sedans that has been around for decades, moving people around with plenty of comfort but not a lot of fuss. The 2022 version continues the car’s seventh generation with the same attributes that have kept it desirable since its 1989 debut. Not many midsized sedans offer highway fuel efficiency in the mid-30s – especially with standard all-wheel drive (a rarity for this segment). It’s also has a spacious cabin with 105.5 cubic feet of passenger space that can be outfitted with upscale amenities such as Nappa leather seats. While crossovers, SUVs, and even pickup trucks continue to dominate the market, the 2022 Legacy stands firm in keeping the classic sedan alive and well.

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Trims and Powertrain

The ’22 Legacy is offered in a half-dozen trim levels: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT, and Touring XT. The first four have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. of torque, but the XT trims get a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 260 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. They all get the combination of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and an all-wheel drivetrain. Versions with the base engine achieve an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway, and the turbocharged XT versions are rated for 24 city/32 highway.


The Base trim packs in a ton of sophisticated content, with the likes of LED steering-responsive headlights, keyless entry, two front USB ports, a 60/40-split folding rear seatback, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a four-speaker sound system. On the safety front, this trim gets a medley of advanced airbag systems, but most notably, it comes with the Subaru EyeSight suite of active safety features. This contains pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure and sway warning. Automatic high beams are standard as well.


The Premium earns its name with heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and two rear USB charging ports. Its infotainment setup is improved with an 11.6-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and six speakers. Buyers can add LED fog lights, a PIN-code entry system, push-button start, a moonroof, navigation, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.


The Sport gets as standard all of the items listed as options on the Premium, with the exception of navigation. Also standard are reverse automatic braking, a trunk-mounted spoiler, sport cloth seats with contrast stitching, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink (a universal garage door opener).


The Limited lacks the spoiler and exclusive seats found on the Sport trim, but it gets the other mentioned amenities, minus the moonroof (which is optional). Navigation is also available. The sound system is a high-end Harman Kardon unit with 12 speakers. The Limited also gets leather upholstery, position memory for the driver’s seat and driver’s-side mirror, a power front passenger’s seat, and heated rear outboard seats. The optional features consist of a heated steering wheel and driver attention warning technology.

Limited XT and Touring XT

Both XT models get a standard moonroof, heated steering wheel, driver attention warning, and navigation. The Touring XT is more loaded than the Limited XT, though, as it gets a 180-degree front-view monitor, a CD player, and Nappa leather seats that are ventilated in the front row.