2022 Subaru Legacy Interior and Cargo

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2022 Legacy Interior

In last year's Subaru Legacy review, we found that the Japanese marque had successfully created a comfortable and classy interior that is one of the highlights of the midsize sedan. Once again, it's not the flashiest cabin in the segment, but it gets the fundamentals right with plenty of space, solid materials, and many features. Notably, the available 11.6-inch touchscreen StarLink infotainment system is one of the biggest in the segment and clearly displays large icons and images from the camera system. Across the range, the Legacy comes standard with features such as advanced adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, a keyless entry system, and lane departure warning. Work through the trims and luxury items like power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot become available.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Legacy boasts interior dimensions suitable to seat four people comfortably, or five if needed. Subaru didn't bother giving the Legacy a coupe-like roofline, so it gives occupants plenty of headroom. Front riders receive 39.4 inches of headroom (37.3 inches with moonroof) while back seat passengers get 37.2 inches. Legroom is equally generous, with 42.8 inches in the front and 39.5 inches in the rear. The class-leading Honda Accord manages to trump the Legacy on rear space, but by less than one inch. The seats are comfy, the view good on all sides, and there really is little to fault from a comfort perspective.

2022 Subaru Legacy Interior Dimensions:

Subaru Legacy TrimsBasePremiumSportLimitedLimited XTTouring XT
Seating555555
Headroom Front Seat39.4 in.39.4 in.37.3 in.39.4 in.37.3 in.37.3 in.
Headroom Back Seat37.2 in.37.2 in.37.2 in.37.2 in.37.2 in.37.2 in.
Legroom Front Seat42.8 in.42.8 in.42.8 in.42.8 in.42.8 in.42.8 in.
Legroom Back Seat39.5 in.39.5 in.39.5 in.39.5 in.39.5 in.39.5 in.
Shoulder Room Front58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.
Shoulder Room Rear57.4 in.57.4 in.57.4 in.57.4 in.57.4 in.57.4 in.
Hip Room, Front55.5 in.55.5 in.55.5 in.55.5 in.55.5 in.55.5 in.
Hip Room, Rear54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

As is often the case for an entry-level model, the base Subaru Legacy only comes with a single color choice for the cabin: Slate Black cloth seats. Buyers will need to go for at least the Premium to get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, with this level also availing cloth seats in either Warm Ivory, Slate Black, or Titanium Gray. Here, as on some other trims, your choice of exterior color will affect the available interior color scheme; for instance, Crimson Red Pearl can only be paired with the Slate Black seats. The Sport comes with two-tone Charcoal Gray cloth with red contrast stitching, while the Limited is the first to introduce leather upholstery in the same color choices as the Premium. The range-topping Touring XT comes with upscale Nappa leather upholstery in Tan. This version also has high-grade leather with silver stitching covering the steering wheel and a rear center console storage box finished in simulated leather.

2022 Legacy Trunk and Cargo Space

The Legacy is a fairly large midsize sedan, so the trunk capacity of 15.1 cubic feet is a bit of a disappointment. For example, the Honda Accord's trunk measures 16.7 cubes. That said, the Legacy has a bigger trunk than the Mazda 6 and it'll easily swallow four large roller suitcases. There is a usefully wide trunk opening along with a low liftover height, both of which make loading and unloading cargo easier. For bigger items, the rear seatbacks can fold flat in a 60/40-split configuration.

In the cabin, there are many places to stash smaller items such as the clever dual-tier center console, well-sized door bins, another small bin ahead of the shifter lever, and a cubby on the passenger-side dashboard. There is an overhead console for holding a pair of sunglasses, and eight cup and bottle holders scattered throughout the cabin.

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2022 Subaru Legacy Cargo Dimensions:

Subaru Legacy TrimsBasePremiumSportLimitedLimited XTTouring XT
Trunk Volume15.1 cu. ft.15.1 cu. ft.15.1 cu. ft.15.1 cu. ft.15.1 cu. ft.15.1 cu. ft.

2022 Legacy Infotainment and Features

Features

Even at its base price, the Legacy comes specified with LED cornering headlights, a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, transmission paddle shifters, manual air conditioning, a rearview camera, and safety gear such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Moving up to the Premium adds niceties such as a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, rear air vents as a new addition for 2022, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability. Pricier configurations of the Legacy get quite luxurious with trim-specific amenities including an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless access with push-button start, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable front passenger seat. A power tilt/sliding glass moonroof is standard on the Sport for 2022, as well as the top two trims. A comprehensive suite of safety technologies on upper trims comprises a driver distraction mitigation system, reverse automatic braking, blind-spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Infotainment

The Legacy's dashboard changes significantly depending on which infotainment system you opt for. On lower trims, two seven-inch touchscreens are divided by a thin row of physical buttons, with the top screen controlling the radio and the lower unit housing climate controls. The Premium trim level and up get a plus-sized 11.6-inch StarLink infotainment system. We love the size and layout of the screen, but the graphics look childish and the responsiveness is far from immediate. Both systems offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and both include physical volume and tuning knobs. Features such as Pandora, Aha, Yelp, iHeartRadio, Magellan navigation, and SiriusXM satellite radio all come standard as well. Four speakers are standard on the base model, with the Premium and Sport getting two more speakers. Reserved for the Limited, Limited XT, and Touring XT, a Harman Kardon premium sound system with 12 speakers and 576 watts sounds the best, by far.

If you're still into listening to your music from CDs, Subaru has curiously only equipped the Touring XT with a CD player.

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