By KBB.com Editors
The Legacy offers buyers all the comforts of the finest sports sedan coupled with the sure-footedness afforded by Subaru's standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. No longer associated mainly with snowbound Vermont drivers and die-hard ski fans, the Legacy has blossomed into a handsome and sporty mainstream vehicle, offering top-notch ratings in the areas of safety, comfort and resale value. The Legacy's horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine provides good power and decent fuel economy, and GT models feature a turbocharged version that cranks out an impressive 243 horsepower. While not as smooth or refined as the engines offered by Honda and Toyota, the Legacy's drivetrain is every bit as reliable and its low-slung design helps reduce the height of the Legacy's center of gravity.You'll Like This Car If...
The Subaru Legacy occupies the sparsely populated space between high-value family sedans and premium sports sedans, offering some of the best characteristics of both.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you don't live in an area where slick roads are a regular concern, the premium price of all-wheel drive might seem unwarranted. Conversely, if you want the added peace of mind brought by traction and/or stability control, you may be disappointed to learn neither is available on the base 2.5i.What's Significant About This Car?
The GT Limited receives Subaru's SI-DRIVE which allows the driver to choose between three engine performance settings: Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp. All Legacy sedans gain a 60/40 split folding rear seat with trunk pass-through.Driving It Driving Impressions
We drove the turbocharged 2.5 GT Limited sedan with a five-speed manual transmission and enjoyed it very much. The engine's turbocharger comes on quickly, strongly and smoothly, the steering is also responsive and handling limits are high enough to promote outbursts of enthusiasm.
Still, when driven at an everyday pace, the Legacy behaves not unlike its less athletic competitors. With a light steering effort and small turning circle, the Legacy is pleasant around town and in a parking lot. Likewise, highway ride is well within the range of comfortable. We'd expect similar ride and handling from the less-powerful 2.5i models. For even sharper handling and sportier accessories, check out the (very) limited edition 2.5 GT spec.B.
Manual Shift Buttons
Steering wheel-mounted shift buttons provide handy manual control of the Legacy GT Limited's optional five-speed automatic transmission.
The Legacy's AM/FM/CD sound system moves from station to station with minimal delay, so you can find something you want to hear more quickly.
Inside the Legacy, a decidedly sporty three-spoke steering wheel sets an athletic tone enhanced by supportive seats, straightforward gauges, metallic trim and crisp, contemporary styling. Combined with the liberal use of quality materials, the Legacy's passenger cabin conveys a solid sense of refinement. While it isn't the biggest midsize sedan out there (the EPA actually classifies it as a compact), most backseat passengers should find the Legacy plenty accommodating for trips across town and beyond. Notable standard safety features include front side-impact airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags.Exterior
Having just undergone a complete redesign in 2005, the Legacy is still fresh enough that designers haven't yet incorporated the new trapezoidal grille that's expected to eventually adorn all Subarus. The Legacy's frameless doors make it difficult to open or hold a door without touching the window. The turbocharged 2.5 GT Limited model is identifiable by a functional hood scoop and exterior mirror-integrated turn indicators, while all Legacy models sport the same 17-inch wheels.Notable Standard Equipment
The base Legacy sedan and wagon include a 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD sound system, cruise control, trip computer, tilt steering, cloth seating and 17-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints and anti-lock brakes (ABS).Notable Optional Equipment
Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 243-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, four- and five-speed manually-selectable automatic transmissions, DVD touch-screen navigation system, in-dash six-CD changer, power glass moonroof, leather seating, power driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, heated side mirrors, wiper de-icer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, wood-look trim and front sport seats.Under the Hood
Both turbo and non-turbo Legacy models feature a four-cylinder "boxer" engine in which the cylinders and pistons are arranged horizontally, with the two on one side opposing the two on the other side (thus, an "opposed" engine design), rather than being positioned vertically or in a "V" angle. One of the boxer's advantages is its lower center of gravity that promotes better handling. Depending on the model's engine/transmission configuration, each Legacy features one of three distinct all-wheel-drive systems designed to match the characteristics of the powertrain.
175 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
169 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 23/30 (automatic)
2.5-liter Boxer-4 Turbocharged
243 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
241 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (manual), 19/25 (automatic)
Legacy pricing ranges from a base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $21,120 to $28,920 for the GT Limited sedan and $31,520 for the GT Limited Wagon. The 2.5i and Limited wagons add about $1,000 to the cost of their sedan counterparts, while the Limited GT wagon adds about $2,500. When the time comes to get serious about purchasing, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price which shows the typical transaction price paid for the Legacy in your area. This valuable tool will help you negotiate your best price. Over a five-year period, Kelley Blue Book expects the 2007 Subaru Legacy to hold strong resale values, with the Limited Wagon topping the list.