2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X
vs. 2011 Subaru
Legacy 2.5i

2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

10.0

starting from

$20,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Legacy 2.5i

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Less safe for passengers in the rear in side collisions
4 stars
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Good braking distance from 60mph
121 ft
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High top speed
150 mph
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

9.8

starting from

$21,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X

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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Roof rails
Optional
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Average city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Winner: Legacy 2.5i
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  • The Legacy 2.5i needs around 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 121 ft vs 134 ft
  • The Legacy 2.5i can go 20% faster than the Forester 2.5X, 150 mph vs 125 mph
  • Almost the same, 0.82 g vs 0.81 g
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Winner: Legacy 2.5i
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  • The Legacy 2.5i has 1.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Winner: Legacy 2.5i
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  • The Legacy 2.5i has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Winner: Legacy 2.5i
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Performance 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Underpowered
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Road Tests

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Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 9.1 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 121 ft vs 134 ft The Legacy 2.5i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Forester 2.5X is just OK
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1/4 mile 17.1 s s @ 83.2 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 82.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.81 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 150 mph vs 125 mph The Legacy 2.5i can hit high speeds, but the Forester 2.5X cannot

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Legacy 2.5i is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Forester 2.5X
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Safety Features

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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MSRP $20,720 vs $21,220 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 21 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Performance

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.2 lb/hp vs 19.1 lb/hp The Forester 2.5X has OK performance while the Legacy 2.5i gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 34.4 ft The Forester 2.5X can make tight turns, and the Legacy 2.5i is comparable to most other vehicles

Entertainment System

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Number of speakers 4 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i
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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 500 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3 The Forester 2.5X has OK cargo room, while the Legacy 2.5i has very little
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front seats 56.5 ft3 vs 58.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Optional Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the Forester 2.5X
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 6 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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