Although Subaru launched all-new Legacy and Outback models for the 2010 model year, the automaker treated both cars to some subtle updates for 2011 -- and, accordingly, a modest price increase.
The equipment updates are minor. Both the Legacy and Outback receive new manual-folding side view mirrors, and models equipped with the uplevel Harmon Kardon audio system receive XM satellite radio and a three-month trial subscription. Outbacks also receive a rear-view camera thrown into the power moonroof package, while both cars receive a number of new exterior paint colors.
For 2011, an increased destination fee brings the Legacy’s base price to $20,720, roughly $35 over the 2010 model. That price point nets you a Legacy 2.5i, equipped with Subaru’s 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter boxer-four-cylinder and a six-speed manual transmission. Opting for the 2.5i Premium model adds roughly $1000 to the price tag, and adds a 10-way power driver’s seat, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a chrome exhaust tip, an auto up/down power window for the driver, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Legacy 2.5 Limited models now sticker for $26,020 -- $300 more than last year -- and adds leather seating surface, 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats and side-view mirrors, and a four-way passenger seat.
Pricing for the Legacy 3.6R, which throws in a 3.6-liter boxer-six-cylinder, a five-speed automatic transmission, and 17-inch wheels, remains $25,720. Premium trim level vehicles see only the $35 bump from the higher destination fee, bringing the starting price to $26,720. The 3.6R Limited, however, sees a $300 price bump to $28,720, but includes XM, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and leather seating.
The sporty Legacy 2.5GT, which uses a 265-horsepower version of the Impreza WRX’s turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer-four, is only offered in one form for 2011. The 2.5GT Premium trim is no more, making the 2.5GT Limited -- which adds many of the features found in the 3.6R Limited -- the sole survivor. For 2011, its base price increases by $405 to $32,120, including destination.
2011 Outback Regardless of both trim level or powertrain, all 2011 Outbacks receive a $200 price bump compared to the 2010 models. The Outback 2.5i’s base price now starts at $23,920, including destination. The 2.5i Premium model (which echoes the Legacy 2.5i in terms of content, but adds fog lamps) runs buyers $25,220. 2011 Legacy 2.5i Limited models -- which add heated leather seats, among other features -- now carry a base price of $29,220.
Those wanting six-cylinder power will, of course, need to pay a little more. Pricing for the base Outback 3.6R now begins at $28,920, Premium trim level Outbacks start at $29,920, and the 3.6R Limited runs buyers at least $32,220.