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The Legacy Sedan Demise And Why Subaru Could Move To An All-SUV Lineup

If you want a 2022 Subaru Legacy sedan, there aren’t many available for U.S. customers. Will Subaru drop the Legacy like they did the WRX STI and move to an All-SUV lineup?

The 2022 Subaru Legacy is an endangered species in many cities across North America. Subaru of America saves room on its assembly line in Lafayette, Indiana, for the 2022 Subaru Outback midsize SUV, Outback Wilderness trim level, and Ascent 3-Row SUV.

Even before COVID-19, the microchip shortages, and supply chain issues, the Legacy sedan sales slowly dropped. Subaru decided to drop the Legacy (Liberty) midsize sedan in Australia in 2020 because of slow sales. Will the North American market be next?

2022 Subaru Legacy pricing, features, specs
photo credit: Schumacher Subaru

Consumer Guide says compact SUVs continue to sell significantly more than traditional passenger cars. “Most industry observers believe this trend signifies a permanent shift in American buyers’ tastes, and automakers are allocating their product-development resources accordingly,” says CG.

Ford has dropped the Fusion sedan and the only their only traditional passenger car they have left in America is the Mustang. Other manufacturers are also moving away from sedans. Buick is now an SUV-only brand, and Chevrolet’s only remaining four-door passenger cars are the Spark subcompact hatchback and midsize Malibu sedan, which will likely be phased out soon.

Automotive News says budget-conscious consumers pick smaller utility vehicles like the 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV and 2022 Crosstrek subcompact SUV over high-priced, full-size versions as inflation continues to soar.

2022 Subaru Legacy pricing, features, specs
photo credit: Schumacher Subaru

The slow death of the sedan and the falling value of new-vehicle incentives is also why people are reconsidering the size and cost of their next new vehicle, said Robert Karwel, senior manager of the Power Information Network at J.D. Power.

Subaru Corporation also dropped the next-generation WRX STI for other than slow sales. Subaru needs to comply with the regulations and requirements for greenhouse gasses (GHG), zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV), and corporate average fuel economy (CAFE).

If you want a 2022 Subaru Legacy, you should act quickly. Subaru has not confirmed it, but the automaker could stop building 2022 models and wait for the next-generation sedan to start manufacturing them again.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Legacy?

The 2022 Legacy sedan comes in six trim levels. The 2022 midsize sedan starts at $23,955 for the base trim, Premium ($26,205), Sport ($29,750), Limited ($30,905), Limited XT ($35,455), and Touring XT ($37,155). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($960).

The 2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Outback, and 2022 Crosstrek are Subaru of America’s top-three selling SUVs. With dwindling Legacy sedan sales, don’t be surprised to see Subaru drop the sedan sometime in the future. Subaru could be methodically moving in the direction of an SUV-only lineup.

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bob E (not verified)    March 21, 2022 - 3:02PM

In 2021, there were 22,766 Legacy vehicles sold in the US. While I'm sure some folks would like it if the Legacy production line in Subaru of Indiana was replaced with a sweet Levorg, as happened in Japan in June of 2020, how much nicer it would be if Subaru of Indiana replaced its Legacy production line with some EV, such as the Solterra STI. ;)

Mircea (not verified)    March 22, 2022 - 2:34PM

Bring the Levorg to North America, I will never buy a sedan, SUV, truck or crossover. Wagon or as my last choice a hatchback that is not raised

John Saunders (not verified)    March 23, 2022 - 8:41AM

Believe it or not, not everyone wants to o drive a truck or SUV. The EV idea is fine for a limited market at this time. The true costs are rarely mentioned. I've had an SUV, good when you need one. My wife has an Outback and it's a nice utility wagon. But I prefer my Legacy XT sedan. It drives so much better and if Subaru would spend a few dollars advertising them, they may actually sell more of them. I guess if they go away I would move to Camry or Accord.

Paul Henry (not verified)    March 28, 2022 - 10:22AM

In reply to by John Saunders (not verified)

I have a 20 ltd and bought it for under 30k. What a great car that in very comfortable and fuel efficient. I have gotten 37 mpg on the highway at 70-80 mph. The jacked up gas guzzler SUV's are dinosaurs

Jan Hassett (not verified)    May 23, 2022 - 4:03PM

In reply to by Mike (not verified)

THANK GOODNESS they are still making the Legacy!! I have owned 3 of them and loved each vehicle; plan on buying another! The gas mileage is wonderful; glad I don't drive an SUV or truck right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tim (not verified)    November 2, 2022 - 7:38PM

Well if they stop making the legacy which I have purchased numerous times over I will switch dealers . I only drive the legacy . I love the car, love the feel of the car its an amazing model. I do believe Subaru would lose many customers if they take this car out of the line. I have every intention( if available now ) to buy another in a couple years I want nothing else

Donna Benvin (not verified)    May 9, 2023 - 8:01AM

I love my 2018 Subaru legacy but the radio has been messed up for over a year and Subaru can't even fix or replace it. They claim they have been waiting for these radio repairs for a long time. It's frustrating and I'm ready to trade the car in.

David Suttle (not verified)    September 16, 2023 - 10:23AM

My wife got a 2017 Legacy and it instantly became her favorite car she has ever owned and she will never own anything but a Subaru. Not all of us want an SUV. The Legacy sedan has a great ride, plenty of interior room, huge trunk space, and top notch safety features. Eliminating it from the Subaru product line would be a huge mistake.