A perky midsize car that is quick as much as it is nimble. The Legacy was Subaru's offering to the midsize car segment and was a promising new comer that may as well follow the footsteps of the success of Subaru's Impreza. Introduced in America in 1990, the Legacy was destined to replace the down-spiraling Subaru Loyale. Initially, the Legacy was powered by a 4 cylinder, 2.2 liter 16 valve, Overhead Cam Boxer engine with Sequential Multi-port fuel injection, it churned out 130 hp @ 5600 rpm and had a torque of 137@4400 rpm. A distributorless electronic ignition was offered as well as an optional AWD (All Wheel Drive) which soon became standard through their worldwide distributorship. They came in two body types the Sedan and the Wagon with three trims, the standard, the L and the LS.
By the next year, Subaru fitted the Legacy sedan with a turbocharged engine and the wagon as well in the subsequent year. This lineup continued to be produced until the introduction of the second generation Legacy in 1995. The second generation had seen a multiple of aspects change, such as an all new body, front and rear ends/grill/lights, dashboard, new suspension, longer and wider wheelbase plus lots more. This was also the first year for the Legacy Outback model and the smaller Impreza Outback Sport. This jacked up interest on the Legacy once more and they rose to the occasion. By 1997 Subaru discontinued the front wheel drive and provided all Legacy's with AWD.
The GT model previously released in 1994 now became a full-scale upgrade in 1996. It sported a powerful 2.5 liter engine and has been recognized as the most comfortable and performance driven in the lineup. Limited editions were offered to celebrate its upgrades. In 1999, Subaru celebrated its 30th year of American car selling and released a special 30th anniversary Legacy and Outback. By 2000, the Third generation Subaru Legacy was released and Subaru completely re-does Legacy and Outback. Finally offering power driver's seat, better cup holders, driver focused dashboard, a quieter ride and a host of other improvements.
2005 ushered in the comeback of the Turbocharged Legacy. Also, the Fourth Generation Legacy is unfolded with another redesign, now on its 15th year, the Legacy continues to pave trails. The newest generation Legacy boasts of roomier cabins, new styling and new interiors. Sedans and Wagons are still offered on the Legacy but a multitude of trims are provided to best suit everyone's needs. A variety of engine sizes and features are available also. Through the years, Subaru Legacy has somewhat become a sign of outdoor standard of living, emphasizing much on performance, reliability and durability.