The Subaru Legacy family is available in sedan or wagon body styles in a wide range of variants for 2007. The Legacy 2.5 i, 2.5 i Special Edition, and 2.5 i Limited, along with the Outback 2.5 i Basic, 2.5 i, 2.5 i L.L. Bean Edition, 2.5 i Limited, and 2.5 i Limited L.L. Bean Edition models get a 175-horsepower 2.5L horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. Legacy 2.5 GT Limited and 2.5 GT spec.B and Outback 2.5 XT Limited models have a 243-horsepower 2.5L turbocharged flat-four. And the top Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition gets the smooth 245-horsepower, 3.0L flat-six engine.
The Legacy 2.5 GT Limited Wagon and 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition have a standard five-speed automatic transmission; Special Edition 2.5 i models have a standard four-speed automatic. Most other models have a standard five-speed manual with an automatic optional, except spec.B models, which have a six-speed manual standard.
All Legacy and Outback models have all-wheel drive systems. Legacy models have a suspension tuned for good on-road performance and handling, while Outback models have a heavy-duty, raised suspension with up to 8.7 inches of ground clearance that's oriented toward unpaved roads and trails.
Base Legacy 2.5 i models come equipped modestly but with most common conveniences such as power windows, locks, and mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, alloy wheels, and a 100-watt, MP3-compatible CD sound system with auxiliary input and six speakers. Special Edition models add a power driver's seat and power moonroof, while the 2.5 i Limited includes heated front seats and mirrors, a six-disc CD changer, dual-zone climate control, fog lamps, leather trim, and a wiper de-icer.
2.5 GT models get a new Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) system, which enables three different levels of engine performance, Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp. The new performance-oriented 2.5 GT spec.B Sedan also gets an exclusive Bilstein Sport Suspension with aluminum suspension components, inverted struts, 18-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires, special ground effects, interior trim, and a standard navigation system (available on GT Limited). The 2.5 GT Limited along with the spec.B, also gets a quicker steering ratio, larger front brake rotors, and ventilated rear rotors.
The more ruggedly styled Outback is also available in both sedan and wagon variants, but as a sedan it's only available in top Limited or L.L. Bean trim. Wagon Outbacks come in a 2.5 i Basic model, which roughly compared with the Legacy 2.5 i, and the range progresses all the way up to the L.L. Bean Edition models, which add a standard navigation system, aluminum wheels, and upgraded power seats along with a special two-tone scheme.
Front-seat side-impact air bags, side-curtain air bags for all outboard occupants, and active front head restraints are standard on all models, as are anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. The Legacy is a top performer in crash tests, and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Gold.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy probably won't turn many heads with its looks. Its conservative sheetmetal harks back to a time when inoffensive styling ruled the midsize sedan realm, but in recent years the segment has received an injection of pizzazz. Vehicles like the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and even the Toyota Camry have all traded in their uninspiring threads for more visually stimulating attire. That has left the Volkswagen Passat and Legacy to duke it out for the title of the most milquetoast offering in class.
But that's not to say the Legacy doesn't have any redeeming qualities. If you can get past its sterile appearance you'll discover a solid car that brings a comfortable and spacious cabin, large amount of technology and impressive all-weather performance with standard all-wheel drive to the table.
Believe it or not, the Legacy did receive styling updates for 2018 with new front and rear fascias, grille and headlights in hopes of producing a sportier-looking specimen. On my 2.5i Sport test car, a dash of aggression comes courtesy of a WRX-like grille, LED fog lights, chrome trim for the rocker panels and model-specific wheels with painted insets. The changes are subtle and, honestly, do little to move the needle of the Legacy's clean but conservative design.
The Good Spacious and technology-filled cabin. Comfortable daily ride quality. Smooth and fuel efficient drivetrain pairing with standard all-wheel drive.
The Bad Uninspiring design both inside and out.
The Bottom Line A competent midsize sedan that sets itself apart with stellar all-weather performance and long list of infotainment and safety technology.
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