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2012 Subaru Legacy Trims

2.5GT Limited

2 national listings
Avg. Price: $25,007

The 2012 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited opens the automaker up to some criticism. Reviewers like its turbocharged version of the base 4-cylinder engine and the punch from its 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The problem in their eyes is that the 2.5 GT comes only with a manual transmission, which cuts out a segment of the driving population.

The 2.5GT, the sportiest of the Legacy lineup, also gets a sunroof, a hood scoop, leather upholstery, special interior trim and 18-inch alloy wheels with summer tires.


Avg. Price: $18,120

The 2.5i is the base 2012 Subaru Legacy, and its 2.5-liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine is good for 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard fare, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available.

Cruise control, air conditioning, a 4-speaker stereo with a CD player and 16-inch wheels are standard fare on the 2.5i. An Alloy Wheel package and an All Weather package that includes heated front seats and heated side mirrors are available.

2.5i Limited

Avg. Price: $21,494

Subaru loads the 2012 Legacy 2.5i Limited up with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 4-way powered passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with satellite radio. It also gets an All-Weather package that includes heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.

The Limited has a couple of attractive options, too. One is a sunroof, and another is a voice-activated navigation system that includes an 8-inch dashboard screen and rear-view backup camera.

2.5i Premium

Avg. Price: $18,318

The 2012 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium gets 16-inch alloy wheels along with an 8-way powered driver’s seat, Bluetooth calling and audio-streaming capability and a new 6-speaker sound system with a CD player and USB/iPod interface. A Harman Kardon sound system is now an option for the Premium.

The Premium comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. With the manual, the Premium is rated at 19 mpg city/27 highway. The CVT bumps those numbers to 23/31.


Avg. Price: $21,496

The 2012 Subaru Legacy 3.6R comes with a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine that produces 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a traditional 5-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. That combination rates at 18 mpg city/25 highway for fuel mileage.

The 2012 Legacy 3.6 trims—the Base, Premium and Limited—are basically the same as the those for the 2.5i, but set up with the larger engine. The 3.6Rs also come with 17-inch alloy wheels and bigger brakes.

3.6R Limited

Avg. Price: $24,707

Most reviewers find the base 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine satisfactory for the 2012 Subaru Legacy, but the 3.6-liter 6-cylinder certainly trumps it. The 6-cylinder boosts horsepower from 170 to 256 and torque from 170 lb-ft to 247.

The experts generally agree that all 2012 Subaru Legacys offer a smooth ride and nice handling and even more unanimously appreciate the roominess of its cabin. The new Harman Kardon sound system that comes standard for the Limited is also available for the Premium trim.

3.6R Premium

4 national listings
Avg. Price: $22,772

The 2012 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Premium comes with an All-Weather package that is an option for some trims. This package features a windshield wiper de-icer, heated front seats and heated side mirrors.

Reviewers are generally not fond of the sound systems in lower trims of the 2012 Subaru Legacy and recommend that those concerned about the quality of the sound they are getting go with the Premium or upgrade to an available Harman Kardon system.