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2007 Subaru Legacy

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2007 Subaru Legacy Review

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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 New for 2007

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 the Legacy
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.

Fast-Tune Radio
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.

2007 Subaru Legacy Details
Interior

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
2007 Subaru Legacy photo

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 Equipment
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).

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.

2.5-liter Boxer-4
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)

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2007 Subaru Legacy Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 294 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

This is the best car I've ever owned.

By on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Turbo engine, AWD handling, reliability"

Cons: "low gas mileage, seats are starting to show wear."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned my 2006 Subaru Legacy GT since 2007 after purchasing it with 6k miles. It has been the best car I've ever owned because the turbo engine is very responsive, the all-wheel drive handling is great and there have been no issues with reliability. The only downside of this car is the gas mileage. I average 22-24 MPG in the city and about 27 on the highway. Not great. But that's what you should expect from an AWD Turbo engine car. I've heard that these cars can have failing turbos leading to engine failure but I've not experienced that. As long as you check oil levels consistently and add a bit when needed and keep up with the maintenance schedule, this car will last a long time. I normally only keep cars for five or six years. I've had this one for over nine years because it is so great. Best. Car. Ever."

Very dependable.Good gas mileage .

By on Thursday, March 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price,fun to drive ,excellent in snow"

Cons: "seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased new.Has been a very dependable vehicle. All wheel drive is excellent.Averaged 29-30 mpg on last trip.Tires, brakes & battery is only repairs we have had on this car.Has been an excellent car."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

2007 SUBARU LEGACY 2.5i AUTO-NON TURBO REVIEW

By on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,240

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Firm suspension, sleek looks, great gas mileage 25"

Cons: "Bad speakers, need 1-touch for up window, Need USB"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2007 SUBARU LEGACY 2.5i SIDE VIEW

"First off I would have never purchased this car if my 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse V6 GTS did not get totaled by another person texting while driving and totaled my car on the highway. The reliability and performance I got from that car was "AWESOME". I would have kept that car forever. I could not find another as well maintained as mine or looked as good. So I settled for the Subaru because I like Japanese engine quality. Once I drive the car I was very impressed. There are not many Subaru's and I've only seen one other Legacy in McKinney, Texas. Yes it lacks the performance but not bad for a 4 Banger. I am 6'7" tall, 260lbs and I fit great "SHOCKED". My kinds are grown so only I drive it with the seat backed all the way. I do my own maintenance on my cars and this one is very easy to work on. It does not need special tools for simple things like brakes, plugs, hoses, oil, transmission & differential change. Belts are a snap for even a Skill level one DIY guy. That is what sold me on the car. AGAIN I love having the only LEGACY. I like being UNIQUE."

16 people out of 24 found this review helpful

2007 SUBARU LEGACY 2.5i SIDE VIEW

Owned this the longest of any vehicle

By on Monday, August 3, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "peppy, comfortable, adequately flashy and optioned"

Cons: "4 speed transmission, boring center stack,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great car overall. For the price I paid, I will be keeping it until it is paid off, and very likely for a few years after. The overall vehicle has held up well. I am a little disappointed in the fit and finish of certain items. The windshield gasket started coming off so I had to glue it back down. One of the window gaskets/appearance pieces on the door has started to come off. I do find the engine power very adequate for the vehicle. I wish the transmission downshifted sooner, as I find a lag when stepping on the gas after coming out of a corner. I get an average of 27-29 MPG on every fill up. During the winter I get about 21-23 MPG. The AWD is amazing. It has come in handy during the winter. Let me tell you, the AWD is not only great in winter, it is also excellent in rain and wet weather. The car grips the road very well and gives confidence. I am never afraid to drive this car in any weather. The car is low to the ground at 5.5 inches or so of ground clearance so smashing snowbanks isn't a great idea. In times of necessity I have gone thorough things an average FWD car wouldn't go through. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone. The back seat is a little cramped but for me I don't need the back seat except for my dog. A Subaru is a dog's second best friend. I am always looking back at my car after getting out. It's a very stylish car and at 6 years old I think in the looks department it can still compete. Its got great lines and is a timeless classic. Easy to drive every day and a joy."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Great Car!!

By on Monday, July 6, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, quick, comfortable, and reliable"

Cons: "stereo system is a bit lackluster"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I just bought the car about a month ago and so far I have no complaints whatsoever. It handles nicely. It's quick and with it being a 5 speed, I can control my fuel economy pretty well. I average about 26mpg with mixed (city and highway) driving. I really like AWD, this is the first car I've ever owned with AWD and I don't think I'll ever go back to front wheel drive. I'm really excited to see how well she handles the snow and ice that Indiana winters surely bring along with them."

18 people out of 40 found this review helpful

Good car--no prob;ems, has less than 47K miles-

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very reliable, can even drive in a snow storm"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I am at an age that I am giving up driving--otherwise I would either keep this car or trade it in for a new model just like it--"

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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