Fall 2002 Forward to a Friend

Since its introduction for the 1990 model year, the Subaru Legacy has defined – and redefined – automotive excellence at every turn. The Legacy is the backbone of the Subaru model lineup. Its design and engineering also serve as the basis for the Outback, “The World’s First Sport Utility Wagon,” and the exciting new Baja. The 2003 Legacy models are a fitting continuation of the Legacy heritage and are worth an in-detail examination.

The 2003 Legacy Lineup

For the 2003 model year, Legacy comes in both sedan and wagon, in three model levels: Legacy L, Legacy L with Special Edition Package and Legacy 2.5 GT. All are equipped with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and are available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

The Subaru All-Wheel Driving System is at the heart of every Legacy. It includes our horizontally opposed four-cylinder boxer engine, advanced Full-Time AWD, and a long-travel, low-friction suspension design. The combination gives exceptional vehicle control for outstanding response and safety.

Let’s Talk Safety

The Subaru All-Wheel Driving System is actually your first level of “active safety”… the combination of handling and performance that helps you avoid trouble on the road. Enhance that with a standard dual-diagonal four-channel, four-sensor antilock braking system (ABS) with discs front and rear, and you can have extra confidence in your stopping power.

The Legacy?s active safety features help keep you on the road.
Inside, Legacy offers a true driver’s environment without compromising safety for driver or passengers. Front seats have height-adjustable head restraints, and rear seats feature headrests in all three seating positions. All five seating positions, even the middle rear, have three-point seatbelts. The design includes special crush zones in the interior trim to absorb occupant impact during a collision.

For child safety, all Legacy models incorporate the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system for child seats, as well as rear door child safety locks and, on sedans, an internal child safety trunk release with a self-illuminating handle.

2003 Legacy L

The Legacy L offers great value and a host of luxury touches that make it especially nice to spend time in. Standard features include cruise control and 80-watt AM/FM audio system with CD player. Add more standard features like multi-reflector halogen headlights, keyless entry system, ambient temperature gauge, power door locks, windows and mirrors, tilt steering column and dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, and you get some idea of the value that is the 2003 Legacy L.

2003 Legacy L with Special Edition Package

New for 2003, Subaru has developed a Special Edition Package for the Legacy L to offer even more luxury at a great price. In addition to all the Legacy L features, this model includes 16-inch alloy wheels, in-glass radio antenna, leather-wrapped shifter handle and steering wheel, power moonroof on sedan models and dual power moonroofs on wagon models and projector beam halogen foglights.

2003 Legacy 2.5 GT

The Legacy 2.5 GT raises the bar for both performance and luxury. Legacy 2.5 GT models feature a standard sport suspension and limited-slip rear differential to further enhance the effectiveness of Full-Time AWD. Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) is standard with SPORTSHIFT automatic transmission vehicles. For a custom-tailored fit, the Legacy 2.5 GT features an eight-way power driver’s seat that includes seat cushion height adjustment, and front seat mounted side-impact air bags are standard.

Legacy continues to win over new drivers and impress those who already know it. Like all Subaru vehicles, the Legacy is designed to deliver safety, performance, value and reliability. The result is a vehicle you can believe in from a company you can trust.

We can’t possibly tell you everything about the 2003 Subaru Legacy models. For more information, visit your Subaru dealer for a test-drive, or visit the Subaru Web site at www.subaru.com. To receive a full-color brochure, call (800) WANT-AWD [(800) 926-8293].


  • When the first-generation Legacy was introduced for the 1990 model year, it set the world FIA 100,000 kilometer reliability and speed record for its class, covering that distance at an average of 223.345 kph (62,137 miles at 138.780 mph).
  • The Legacy Wagon (including outback) is the number one selling wagon in America.*
  • The Legacy is the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car in America, accounting for more than one-third of the All-Wheel Drive cars sold in America.*

* Based on the Polk Company retail registration statistics as of 12/31/01.