Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Control leads to confidence, and stability creates an agility that excites in the all-new Legacy. Subaru vehicles are gifted at inspiring confidence behind the wheel, thanks to the inherently stable design of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive paired with the uniquely balanced SUBARU BOXER engine. This system delivers power to all four wheels at all times for enhanced control on all roads and in poor conditions. It has excellent side-to-side balance and handling precision, thanks to its main components being aligned longitudinally, while its low centre of gravity creates an especially engaging and responsive drive. The unique advantages of Symmetrical AWD make for exceptionally rewarding handling and empower you to better avoid danger.

Active Torque Split AWD

Paired with Lineartronic, the Active Torque Split AWD system responds to traction conditions, the transmission and driver inputs by continuously controlling the torque distribution front to rear.

  • Improved suspension

    Using improved front struts and rear shocks, the suspension has been finely tuned for an enjoyable balance between responsive steering and a smooth, comfortable ride. 2.5i-S and 3.6R-S are also equipped with STABLEX-Ride, a new valve system and larger diameter front strut cylinders, which have improved damping response at low piston speeds and permit damping suppression at high piston speeds for much better stability and ride quality with less body shake.

  • Cradle mount frame

    You’ll enjoy more agile handling and a smoother ride in the Legacy thanks to its Cradle Mount System. And in a collision, it allows the engine to retract under the cabin, lengthening the front crumple zone.


Few other cars drive with the self-assured confidence of the Legacy, so you won’t be surprised by how uniquely it is accomplished. The horizontally-opposed configuration of the SUBARU BOXER engine places the pistons 180 degrees apart, for a lower, flatter profile than other engine types. This gives the engine, and therefore the overall vehicle, a lower centre of gravity and better sense of balance. Further, the pistons’ opposing movements inherently counteract each other, naturally reducing vibration.

  • Increased Stability

    Because the engine block has a flatter profile and sits lower in the chassis, the overall vehicle is more stably balanced and resistant to side-to-side motion than other designs.

  • Long-lasting Performance

    The engine’s flat design is inherently rigid and self-balancing, generating less vibration than V-type or 4 cylinder in-line engines in the same class for durability and reliable performance.


    Not only is it the largest, but the 3.6-litre engine also offers smooth power delivery throughout, a quiet ride, low emissions and commendable fuel consumption. Light, compact and well balanced, it features the dual Active Valve Control System for impressive torque for when you need to pass another car or start from a stop at a red light or stop sign. To further reduce noise, vibration, fuel consumption and emissions, we also designed this engine with lower friction and more rigidity. And to help ensure your Legacy gets optimal fuel consumption at every speed, the 3.6-litre engine has been paired with the smooth and efficient Lineartronic.

    191 kW (260 PS) / 6,000 rpm
    350 Nm (35.7 kgfm) / 4,400 rpm
    9.9 lit./100 km (Lineartronic)
    230 g/km (Lineartronic)


    Already naturally smooth and strong, we improved the Legacy’s 2.5-litre DOHC SUBARU BOXER engine to make it powerful and fuel efficient. We also made specific refinements to improve its mid-to low-range torque so you’ll have more power when you need it from a complete stop. You’ll also find that it’s more responsive around town and more satisfying on the highway, thanks to a remarkable 235-Nm of torque at a lower 4,000 rpm. When combined with the Lineartronic, it’s more fuel efficient and clean-running, making it kinder to your wallet and the environment.

    129 kW (175 PS) / 5,800 rpm
    235 Nm (24.0 kgfm) / 4,000 rpm
    7.7 lit./100 km (Lineartronic)
    177 g/km (Lineartronic)

*1 Fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions: According to EC715/2007-136/2014W.
*2 Fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions: According to ECE R101.