NEW FOR 2012:

– New Touring Package replaces Sport Package
– Limited models add Pioneer AVIC CD/MP3/WMA/MP3/DivX navigation stereo with detachable face, Bluetooth streaming audio, steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth buttons and 350-watt six speaker system; deletes rearview camera, Harmon/Kardon audio system and voice-activated Bluetooth
– 3.6R available only in Limited
– 3.6R Limited Package Multimedia option discontinued
– 2.5GT adds high-lustre alloy wheels
– Exterior colours: Ice Silver Metallic and Deep Indigo Pearl added; Azurite Blue Pearl, Caramel Bronze Pearl, Sky Blue Metallic and Steel Silver Metallic discontinued

For 2012, changes to the Subaru Legacy are in trim. The Sport Package is discontinued, replaced with a Touring Package that adds dual-zone automatic climate control, six-speaker system and integrated steering wheel-mounted buttons for the Bluetooth system; the Sport’s satellite radio, auto-dimming mirror with compass and Blueconnect are discontinued. The Limited models add an upscale stereo. The base 3.6R is discontinued, and the model is available only as a Limited.

The Legacy comes with a choice of three engines, all of them horizontal “boxer” configuration: a 170-horsepower 2.5-litre four-cylinder in the 2.5i, 265-horsepower turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder in the 2.5GT, and a 256-horsepower 3.6-litre six-cylinder in the 3.6R. The 2.5i is also available as a PZEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicle), which reduces emissions by as much as 90 per cent compared with a conventional vehicle. The 2.5i uses a six-speed manual transmission or continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters. The 2.5GT uses a six-speed manual transmission exclusively, while the 3.6R models come with a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.

All come with Subaru’s symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive, with configuration dependent on the model. The 2.5i and 2.5GT models with manual transmission use a viscous coupling limited-slip centre differential to distribute power 50/50 front to rear. The 2.5i with CVT uses an electronically-controlled multi-plate transfer clutch system that runs 60/40 in dry conditions, and 50/50 on slippery surfaces. The 3.6R models use variable torque distribution, which uses an electro-mechanical centre differential that runs 45/55 on dry roads, and 50/50 on slippery ones.

Trim levels are the 2.5i, 2.5i Convenience, 2.5i Convenience PZEV, 2.5i Touring, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R Limited and 2.5GT.

Features on the 2.5i include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, driver-selectable hill holder system, electronic parking brake, heated mirrors, automatic headlamps, CD/MP3/WMA stereo with four speakers and auxiliary input, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, driver’s auto-down window, heated cloth seats, height-adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, information display, exterior temperature gauge, overhead console lighting, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

The 2.5i Convenience adds 16-inch alloy wheels, ten-way power driver’s seat, stainless steel exhaust tip, and voice-activated Bluetooth connectivity.

The 2.5i Convenience PZEV adds PZEV emissions equipment, rear badge and PZEV-embroidered floor mats.

The 2.5i Touring adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, rear spoiler, windshield wiper de-icer, leather-wrapped steering wheel with Bluetooth buttons, fog lights, iPod media hub, and six speakers.

The 2.5i Limited adds Pioneer AVIC CD/MP3/WMA/DVD/DivX navigation stereo with detachable face, Bluetooth streaming audio, 350-watt six-speaker system, Sirius satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, woodgrain interior trim, brushed aluminum front door sills, four-way power passenger seat, and perforated leather upholstery.

The 3.6R Limited adds twin exhaust with stainless steel tips.

The 2.5GT adds 18-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires, functional hood scoop, CD/MP3/WMA stereo with nine Harman/Kardon speakers and 440-watt amplifier, auxiliary input, iPod/USB media hub, navigation system, rearview camera, simulated carbon fibre interior trim, perforated heated leather seats with silver stitching, and aluminum alloy sport pedals.

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