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Only One Subaru Is The Most-Satisfying In New Report - It’s Not Forester Or Outback

In a new report, the 2021 Subaru Forester and Outback did not make the most satisfying list. Surprisingly it's the Subaru Legacy. See what category it scores best among all midsize cars.

Are Subaru vehicles the most-or-least-satisfying? Consumer Reports lists the cars that consumers find most-and-least satisfying in value, comfort, driving, cabin storage, in-car electronics, and styling. In CR's study, Subaru's top three models, 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek, did not make the most-satisfying in any category. The good news is, no model made the least satisfying.

Only one Subaru nameplate, the 2021 Subaru Legacy sedan, is the most satisfying midsize/large car in one category; comfort. Consumers rate the Legacy a 5/5 in ride quality, 4/5 for cabin noise, 4/5 in front-seat comfort, 4/5 rear seat comfort, 4/5 in interior fit and finish, and 4/5 in trunk and cargo space.

2021 Subaru Legacy, pricing, features

Subaru Legacy gets an overall score of 84, number three among all twelve midsize sedans. Owners also rated Legacy a 4/5 for cabin noise in everyday driving.

In another study, Consumer Reports identifies the eight quietest mainstream cars and sedans. The 2021 Subaru Legacy scored third-best behind the Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima and Legacy ranked high in CR's road tests.

2021 Subaru Legacy, pricing, features

Why the Subaru Legacy gets high scores in comfort

Consumer Reports says of the 2021 Legacy sedan, "The cabin has cushy armrests and a well-designed center console with a padded cutout for the driver's right knee. The wide trunk opening makes loading and unloading quite easy; there are few better sedans in that respect. The closely related Outback wraps the Legacy's virtues in a more versatile, outdoorsy package that's equally desirable."

Two other features set the Legacy apart from the competition

The 2021 Subaru Legacy is the only midsize sedan that comes standard with all-wheel-drive. Its all-weather capability is a difference-maker in cold-weather regions and a reason it gives drivers comfort in severe weather.

Another stand-apart feature that leads to driver comfort is the Legacy’s excellent outward visibility. Subaru Legacy provides the best visibility of any midsize sedan in America according to CR's tests. The Legacy sedan competes with the Accord, Altima, Mazda 6, Camry's sleeker styling, and Legacy wins in driver visibility.

What is the price of the 2021 Subaru Legacy?

The 2021 Legacy comes in six trim levels. The midsize sedan starts at $22,895 for the base trim, Premium ($25,145), Sport ($27,095), Limited ($29,895), Limited XT ($34,445), and Touring XT ($36,145). Destination adds $1,050.

In Consumer Reports ratings, the 2021 Subaru Forester and Outback did not make the most satisfying list. Surprisingly it's the 2021 Subaru Legacy.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Art (not verified)    February 18, 2021 - 2:24AM

The Legacy has great visibility but the down side is glare from the sun blinding your vision.

Paul (not verified)    February 18, 2021 - 2:27PM

In reply to by Art (not verified)

I own a 2020 outback now and have owned many different brands in my lifetime but the outback is by far the best vehicle i have ever owned. Im sure the legacy is a good car but why own a car when you can own a outback.