Spring 2008 Forward to a Friend

Model Lineup
2009 Outback
  • Outback 2.5i (MT/AT)
  • Outback 2.5i Special Edition (MT/AT)
  • Outback 2.5i Limited (AT)
  • Outback 2.5XT Limited (MT/AT)
  • Outback 3.0R Limited (AT)
2009 Legacy
  • Legacy 2.5i (MT/AT)
  • Legacy 2.5i Special Edition (MT/AT)
  • Legacy 2.5i Limited (AT)
  • Legacy 2.5GT Limited (MT/AT)
  • Legacy 2.5GT spec.B (MT)
  • Legacy 3.0R (AT)
  • Legacy 3.0R Limited (AT)
MT = manual transmission
AT = automatic transmission



Last year, Subaru of America, Inc. simplified and clarified the Outback and Legacy model lines. All Outback models are wagons, and all Legacy models are sedans. They share a chassis/unit body platform, features, and their manufacturing plant (Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., in Lafayette, Indiana).

While similar in many ways, Outback and Legacy appeal to divergent interests.

At the Outback line’s foundation is a spirit of fun, freedom, and adventure. This was The World’s First Sport Utility Wagon, a multifaceted tool that helps enable an outdoor lifestyle. It’s as much at home splashing through the mud and clawing up mountain trails as it is taking kids to school.

Subaru Legacy Sedans are stylish and smart, both in design and intelligent features. They offer an athletic and safe AWD driving experience with power options that range from efficient to high performance. Set up for racing in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series (mostly stock, including the exhaust system), Legacy Sedans compete on level ground with higher-priced brands known for their racing capabilities.

The current-generation Outback and Legacy were introduced for the 2005 model year. (See the Summer 2004 issue of Drive at www.drive.subaru.com.)

NEW FOR 2009

The most significant changes in the Outback and Legacy improve safety, enhance styling, and increase comfort.


The addition of Harman Kardon components to Outback and Legacy audio systems raises their sound experiences to levels usually found in luxury automobiles. The Harman Kardon Premium Audio system includes speakers, amplifier, and modifications to the audio head unit. They provide greater emphasis on bass and less harmonic distortion across the frequency range. The system also includes vehicle speed-sensitive Auto Volume Control and Harman Kardon badging.

The Harman Kardon Premium Audio system is standard in these Subaru Outback and Legacy vehicles:

  • Outback 2.5i with Premium Package
  • Outback 2.5i Limited
  • All Outback 2.5XT models
  • All Outback 3.0R models
  • Legacy 2.5i with Premium Package
  • Legacy 2.5i Limited
  • All Legacy 2.5GT models
  • All Legacy 3.0R models


For 2009, the Subaru stability control system – Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) – is standard on all Outback and Legacy models except the Legacy 2.5GT Limited with five-speed manual transmission. The system helps to prevent skidding due to understeer or oversteer by managing individual wheel braking and/or reducing engine power to correct the slide. This system adds to driver control of the vehicle, improving active safety.

For more about VDC, see the Online Exclusives about the system in the “2008 Subaru Impreza” article in Fall 2007 Drive at www.drive.subaru.com.


Think green and red – specifically, Seacrest Green Metallic and Ruby Red Pearl. Select 2009 models in both the Outback and Legacy lines are available in Seacrest Green Metallic, and select 2009 Legacy models are available in Ruby Red Pearl.


Other changes for 2009 include:

  • Steering-wheel audio controls standard on all Outback Limited models, Legacy 3.0R, and all Legacy Limited models
  • Dark tint privacy glass standard on all Outback Limited models


Although they may differ in appeal, Outback and Legacy have more in common than their platforms and manufacturing plant, starting with a core technology shared with other Subaru vehicles. Exterior styling cues identify them as sedan and wagon versions of almost the same vehicle. Plus, both vehicle lines offer Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) models, and they consistently have earned safety awards.

Subaru Core Technology features include SUBARU BOXER engines (four- and six-cylinder), low center of gravity, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, four-wheel independent suspension systems, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. In addition, VDC stability control is available in most models.

Body structures feature ring-shaped reinforcement frames. Subaru vehicles also have collapsible steering columns, breakaway pedals, and a full complement of airbags,1 which includes dual-stage deployment frontal airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, and active front-seat head restraints.

Outback and Legacy share interior styling and features, too. Available navigation system, dual-zone climate control, and satellite radio are just three examples.


Outback and Legacy were developed and designed for active, 21st-century consumers.

The Outback adventure wagon takes drivers and their passengers wherever they want to go. Although the styling is rugged, the ride is not, and drivers always have the handling advantages of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for command of the road. Outback takes on towing, carrying sports equipment and/or luggage on any number of accessory racks, and other duties enabling outdoor lifestyles. See your dealer for a full range of accessories.

The Legacy performance sedan puts fun into the driving equation. Models run the gamut from PZEV efficiency to high-performance turbocharged or six-cylinder power. Stylish and comfortable, Legacy provides comfort, control, and peace of mind.

  1. The airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) affords the driver and the front passenger additional protection in moderate-to-severe frontal and side-impact collisions and outboard second row passengers additional protection in moderate-to-severe side-impact collisions. This system provides supplemental protection only, and seatbelts must be worn in order to avoid injuries to out-of-position occupants upon airbag deployment, and to provide the best combined protection in a serious accident. Children should always be properly restrained in one of the rear seats.

To learn more about the current line of Subaru vehicles, go to www.subaru.com.
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