Legacy 2.5i dishes up fun and efficiency
The Legacy recipe is simple: take Subaru’s reliable ‘boxer’ engine, add to it the company’s famous symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and blend in a rally-inspired independent suspension. Shake well, add oil and stuff into a smooth, tasteful sedan (or wagon, as needed) body. Decorate it with the colour of your choice and let it simmer to perfection. Enjoy!
And enjoy we did — even more than you might expect.
The 4-wheel independent suspension clearly finds its roots in Subaru’s rally heritage — good, even sporty road handling right up to the limits of tire adhesion. Yet there’s enough wheel travel to swallow most bumps and deliver a level of comfort more closely linked to that of a luxury tourer than a competition car.
The suspension has designed-in anti-dive and anti-squat capability to help keep this sedan as stable as possible, minimizing body roll while turning, keeping front-end dive under control while braking and reducing rear-end squat while accelerating.
The 17-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels play a helpful role in delivering this driving enjoyment, as does a performance exhaust system with dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.
Our $26,995 base model (optioned to $28,495 as tested) was powered by Subaru’s familiar and durable naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre, horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ 4-cylinder engine featuring I-Active Valve Lift System, producing a useful 175 horsepower and workman-like169 lb-ft of torque. Our tester was mated to a smooth-shifting, 5-speed manual transmission. Although it felt responsive enough, power was adequate, if a little on the low side, compared to some of the Legacy’s market rivals. Power junkies will want to opt for the step-up $40,295 turbocharged Legacy 2.5 GT version, which offers a more muscular 243 hp. The same performance output, but with an upgraded handling package and more luxurious appointments can be had in a new-for-2007 Legacy GT spec.B version at $44,995.
Inside, the efficiency theme is carried forward. Those who marvel at large expanses of wood and flashy exotic materials will find the interior boring and in need of some extra ‘bling’. But, spend a little time behind the wheel and the beauty of simplicity will win you over: everything is located where it should be. Every instrument is easily readable — no glare or reflections to annoy, either on the windshield or on the instrument panel. And the driving position is simply perfect.
All Legacy models feature heated front seats and an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support. For front passengers, 4-way adjustable seats come standard.
Subaru’s Legacy is a simple, unassuming, but very efficient offering.
It is the family sedan for those who love being behind the wheel.
Subaru Legacy 2.5i