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Subaru has announced that it is letting go of the Legacy midsize sedan after a remarkable 36 years on sale, during which over 1.3 million sedans have been driven off the lots. As the first Subaru to be built in the U.S., its legacy will surely live on (*slaps knee*) long after the final example rolls off the line in the spring of 2025. Aside from the usual spiel that SUVs are taking over and sales aren't great enough to let it live, Subaru also says it's showing the Legacy the door to make room for electrified models.


While 94% of all Legacys sold since 1989 are still in use, today's buyers simply aren't as interested in Subaru's family sedan as they used to be. Sales of the Legacy in the U.S. were down by a considerable 13.1% in the first quarter of 2024, with a paltry 4,398 units sold. It was the third worst-selling Subaru for the entire quarter, even lagging behind the performance-oriented WRX sedan. As for the entirety of last year, the Legacy only managed to find 25,510 buyers. Meanwhile, the Honda Accord, which is one best-performing entries in the midsize sedan segment, sold nearly 200,000 units during that same time period.


Even though the Legacy doesn't have much of a place in today's market, it still holds a major spot in Subaru's history. It was the first Subaru to enter production in North America when the first-generation model reached dealers in 1989, and since then every example has been built at the Subaru of Indiana plant in Lafayette. After the Legacy faces the chopping block, the factory will continue putting together the more popular Crosstrek, Outback, and Ascent crossovers.


It's also worth noting that we would have no Subaru Outback if it weren't for the Legacy. The popular nameplate first appeared as a high-riding variant of the Legacy wagon back in the mid-1990s, though it wouldn't earn its place as a separate model until the fifth generation came out in 2010. Fast forward to today, and the Outback has been recognized as the second best-selling vehicle in Subaru's lineup this past quarter.


Pricing for the Legacy's final model year opens up at $26,040. Deliveries for the 2025 sedan are set to begin within the coming months, before production officially comes to an end in the spring of next year.



Image Credits: Subaru
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Apr 28, 2024
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Subaru Is Ending Production Of The Legacy After 36 Years On Sale

Sales have been slipping, as the sedan only managed to find 25,510 buyers last year.

Subaru has announced that it is letting go of the Legacy midsize sedan after a remarkable 36 years on sale, during which over 1.3 million sedans have been driven off the lots. As the first Subaru to be built in the U.S., its legacy will surely live on (*slaps knee*) long after the final example rolls off the line in the spring of 2025. Aside from the usual spiel that SUVs are taking over and sales aren't great enough to let it live, Subaru also says it's showing the Legacy the door to make room for electrified models.


While 94% of all Legacys sold since 1989 are still in use, today's buyers simply aren't as interested in Subaru's family sedan as they used to be. Sales of the Legacy in the U.S. were down by a considerable 13.1% in the first quarter of 2024, with a paltry 4,398 units sold. It was the third worst-selling Subaru for the entire quarter, even lagging behind the performance-oriented WRX sedan. As for the entirety of last year, the Legacy only managed to find 25,510 buyers. Meanwhile, the Honda Accord, which is one best-performing entries in the midsize sedan segment, sold nearly 200,000 units during that same time period.


Even though the Legacy doesn't have much of a place in today's market, it still holds a major spot in Subaru's history. It was the first Subaru to enter production in North America when the first-generation model reached dealers in 1989, and since then every example has been built at the Subaru of Indiana plant in Lafayette. After the Legacy faces the chopping block, the factory will continue putting together the more popular Crosstrek, Outback, and Ascent crossovers.


It's also worth noting that we would have no Subaru Outback if it weren't for the Legacy. The popular nameplate first appeared as a high-riding variant of the Legacy wagon back in the mid-1990s, though it wouldn't earn its place as a separate model until the fifth generation came out in 2010. Fast forward to today, and the Outback has been recognized as the second best-selling vehicle in Subaru's lineup this past quarter.


Pricing for the Legacy's final model year opens up at $26,040. Deliveries for the 2025 sedan are set to begin within the coming months, before production officially comes to an end in the spring of next year.



Image Credits: Subaru

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