Subaru Legacy named Japan’s safest car image

The 2010 Legacy is a sporty and capable car, albeit in a slightly larger package than the smaller Impreza. The latest Legacy has received been officially named ‘Japan’s safest car’, after being awarded the Grand Prix 09/10 in Japan’s New Car Assessment Programme (JNCAP).

This is the third consecutive year in which a Subaru vehicle has taken the jury’s top honours. Following in the footsteps of the Impreza in 2007 and the Forester in 2008, the Subaru Legacy was the only vehicle out of the 17 tested to receive the coveted award.

The Legacy was rated as the safest passenger car in the collision safety performance tests for driver and front passenger. It also achieved the highest rating in the pedestrian head protection test.

The base Legacy 2.5i will now start at $19,995 (plus $695 for destination), undercutting the previous model by $800. The up-level Legacy 2.5GT will sticker from $28,690 with the range-topping Limited model stickering from $30,690.