2010 Subaru Legacy hits 31 mpg highway

Subaru of America came out with a press release this morning regarding the 2010 Subaru Legacy. Not only is the new 2010 Legacy bigger, wider, and more powerful, but it also features increased fuel economy as well.

SOA has announced that the new 2010 Legacy will achieve 23 mpg around town, and a staggering 31 mpg on the highway. That’s very impressive for a mid-sized sedan, and it clearly shows that Subaru set increased fuel economy as a priority while engineering the new 2010 model. However, it should also be noted that these EPA figures were obtained using the base-model 2.5i sedan, coupled with the CVT transmission.

For those of you looking for a bit more power, it’s suggested to bump up to the next trim level, which is the 2.5GT. When coupled with Subaru’s new 6 speed transmission, the EPA ranks the 2010 Legacy at 18 mpg city, and 25 mpg highway. Even so, that’s still very good for getting plenty of power and AWD at the same time.

The 2010 Subaru Legacy is set to start at $19,995, which is a very competitive price point for the mid-size market. Let me know if you find a better option that has room for five, AWD, and starting price tag of under $20,000.

Subaru of America, Inc. Announces EPA figures for 2010 Legacy


– Subaru Legacy Sedan achieves 31mpg Hwy –

– Best MPG figures for mid-size AWD in U.S. Market –

– Better economy than many front-wheel drive competitors –

CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 18 /PRNewswire/ — Subaru of America today announced the EPA fuel economy results for 2010MY Legacy. The 2010 All-Wheel Drive Legacy achieves up to 26 mpg combined and 31 mpg highway, despite having grown in size in almost every dimension.

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Specifically, the Legacy 2.5i CVT now exhibits better fuel economy (EPA combined) than such Front-Wheel competitors such as Honda Accord, Mazda6i, VW Passat and Hyundai Sonata. Furthermore, the new Legacy is now the highest rated midsize AWD sedan (EPA combined) in the U.S. market for 2010MY.

Tim Mahoney, senior vice president and CMO of Subaru of America said, “We are thrilled that the all-new 2010 Legacy not only offers more space and a more rewarding drive than the competition, but it also delivers better fuel economy at a very competitive price.”

The Subaru Legacy comes with Subaru’s legendary Boxer engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, quick-ratio steering and a new double-wishbone suspension system. The 2010 Legacy has an entry-level price of $19,995 (excl. delivery) and will provide an alternative for customers looking for more from the mid-sized sedan segment.

2010MY EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
Legacy 2.5i 6MT 19 mpg city / 22 mpg combined / 27 mpg hwy
Legacy 2.5i CVT 23 mpg city / 26 mpg combined / 31 mpg hwy
Legacy 2.5GT 6MT 18 mpg city / 21 mpg combined / 25 mpg hwy
Legacy 3.6R 5AT 18 mpg city / 21 mpg combined / 25 mpg hwy

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel-efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.

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2 Responses to “2010 Subaru Legacy hits 31 mpg highway”

  1. Chris says:

    I was torn between getting a manual transmission, which I have always preferred, or getting an automatic. The dealership didn’t have any manual models on the lot and I learned that the automatics get better fuel economy than the standard shifts. That was enough convincing for me, I got the auto.

    I have been very impressed with the auto-manual feature. My Legacy has paddle shifters on the steering wheel that allow you to control the car as if it were a standard shift. I use this all the time on the freeway. It’s nice to put the car in “6th gear” (the quotations because the Legacy has specified RPM ranges versus actual gears with the CVT) and not have to worry about the automatic transmission shifting into passing gear while cruising up a hill.

  2. Rob says:

    While shopping for Subaru Legacys and Outbacks, I once had a dealer tell me he got 44MPG on a trip from somewhere like Cleveland to the Chicago suburbs where we live. I thought, “Sure, right, ugh huh…” So after, bying my gently used 2010 Legacy w/ 4 cyl and CVT,w/ 30K miles, I had a challenge on my hands driving back from my parents home in St. Louis to Chicago. If he could do it, I’d try it. I was the slowest thing on the highway that day over Thanksgiving. I kept a steady spead of between 52-55 mpg, trying to watch the tach more than the speed. The longer I went, the higher the mileage crept up. It seem like I would never make it to 44 mpg , but damn it I made it just as I got home- 44.4mpg! It took an extra hour to get home, but the challenge was worth it. Now my wife knows how to keep me from speeding. Just try to recreate my personal best!

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