Subaru Legacy Is One Of The Most Reliable New Sedans But No One Is Buying It
According to Consumer Reports (by subscription), the 2022 Subaru Legacy sedan is the best new midsize sedan you can buy now for reliability. CR says the Legacy delivers an excellent combination of passenger space, fuel economy, and it's affordable. The Legacy comes with all-wheel drive for winter weather, and it's a compelling alternative to an SUV.
The Legacy is one of the six most reliable midsize luxury and mainstream sedans in CR's testing. Legacy ranks the number two overall of eleven mainstream midsize sedans. CR says, "The Legacy provides a super-comfortable ride that outshines that of some luxury cars."
The six most reliable and recommended new midsize sedans
Consumer Reports ranks the 2022 Honda Accord #1 with 88 points and the 2022 Legacy is the second-best mainstream model with 87 points. They are followed by the Audi A6 luxury sedan (87), Toyota Camry (86), Hyundai Sonata (83), and Lexus ES (83).
Why isn't the all-wheel-drive sedan selling better with the Legacy's excellent reliability record, top safety scores, and affordable price? Subaru reported just 1,315 Legacy sales in October compared with 2,490 sedans delivered to customers in October 2020, a 47.2 percent decrease.
Subaru has delivered 22,526 Legacy models year-to-date, the fewest of all its mainline vehicles. Subaru dealers have a few new Legacy models on their lots, but the demand is not there for the sedan.
A used Legacy is the slowest-selling model in one state
According to a recent study by iSeeCars, a used Legacy is a slowest-selling model in one state. The average used car takes 34.5 days to move off dealers' lots, while the Subaru Legacy sedan took 78.8 days to sell in Mississippi, where sedans typically sell well.
One primary online car shopping website lists 156 new Legacy models for sale in the entire United States. They are available even with limited supplies, and customers can still order the color and trim level they want and wait for delivery.
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). Destination and delivery fees are included in the pricing above ($960).
The 2022 Subaru Legacy is an excellent example of why sedans are not selling no matter how good a reliability record they have, as most customers today want the utility and room offered by an SUV. Legacy sales will likely continue to fall as most buyers want a 2022 Forester, Outback, or Crosstrek small SUV over a sedan body style.
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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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