2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited Wagon – Test drive and new car review – 2007 Subaru Legacy GT Limited Wagon

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A car for all seasons

Subarus are best for the all-weather grip of their all-wheel-drive systems. Problem is, I test a Subaru, the sun comes This time I decided if the weather wouldn’t come to the I’d bring the Subaru to the My wife Robin and I planned a mile odyssey that the 2007 Legacy 2.5 GT Limited from snowy mountains to deserts.

How did it do? Read on. $22,210 $32,585 as tested, EPA mileage (GT Limited) 19 MPG city, 25 MPG highway.

Glance: Putting the Legacy to the

The Subaru Legacy has always one of my favorite mid-size cars. I it because its available as a wagon and not as common as the Accord. Camry and

But the Legacy’s true claim to is its standard all-wheel-drive system, has made it a favorite in places get lots of snow.

We don’ t get snow here in Los Angeles, but we can to places that do. With the away at their grandparents, and I headed for the Sequoia National where there was snow (if not in them thar hills. done, we set off through the California to Arizona to pick up the kids and the tons of toys their had showered upon them.

My test subject was a Legacy 2.5 GT the top-of-the-line Legacy wagon. Sedan is available in a sportier B model.) The GT sits above the 2.5i Special Edition and Limited models, and is easy to it has a cool-looking hood scoop goes to photo) that outside air to the intercooler (part of the for the GT’s turbocharged engine). plans to give the Legacy a next year (photos ), a new, more prominent

Frankly, I think the Legacy great just the way it is, though I mind if those side below the door went I couldn’t figure out why, no how dirty the Legacy got, one on the side sill was always — until I realized because the sill sticks out so my pant leg was rubbing against it time I got in or out of the car.

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In the Driver’s Lots of space, fussy

GT’s interior is well and comfortable

Photo #169; Gold

The Legacy’s front are great, though a telescope steering wheel adjustment make the driving position that’s coming in 2008. The seats are generous, and the huge allows back-seaters to enjoy the sky as

New for 2007 is an upgraded stereo XM satellite radio, something and I really appreciated as we drove the middle of nowhere. If you haven’t satellite radio, it’s the cost just to be able to for hours on end and never have to the station.

That’s especially for the Legacy since the stereo has so buttons. I found it difficult to stations without taking my off the road. (Steering-wheel audio are also coming in 2008.) ever happened to old-fashioned The dual-zone climate control is more complex than it to be.

There’s no way to change both and passenger temperature at once if you’re alone in the car, you to manually set the same temperature on dials.

In terms of cargo the Legacy hauls as much as SUVs. The rear seat flat and the center seat can be detached and stowed up in the headliner.

A rack is standard on all Legacy but the crossbars, which you’ll to actually carry anything up aren’t included. They’re at Subaru dealers ($130 along with a variety of carriers, bike carriers, and a kayak carrier. Not that we had to — the kids’ haul the grandparents barely made a in the Legacy’s load bay.

On the All-wheel-drive and SI-DRIVE

The Indiana-built GT gets a 243 horsepower turbocharged 2.5 four-cylinder engine that has all the of a V6. A 5-speed automatic with shift buttons on the steering is standard in the GT wagon. We averaged MPG, midway between I expect from 4- and 6-cylinder sedans. It was a good showing, by the fact that the Legacy GT premium fuel .

Another new feature on the GT is Subaru Drive (or SI-DRIVE). Controlled by a switch. SI-DRIVE has Intelligent, and Sport Sharp modes. It a little like the power/economy on some electronic transmissions, the engine to stay in the lower longer for better acceleration.

But also affects how eagerly the responds to the gas pedal. I set it to Intelligent of the time, switching to Sport on of the curvier roads; I found Sport Sharp gave the too much of a hair trigger. is a gadget for gadgetry’s sake, and be happier with a simple switch.

As for the all-wheel-drive system now that’s a gadget that makes a difference. The Legacy’s was incredible, whether the roads dry and twisty or covered in snow. all the power, you really have to it to get the car to spin its wheels, and when you do the stability and traction control step in to help keep the car where you point it.

The Legacy GT’s suspension is for what I think is an ideal between a comfortable ride and handling.

Journey’s End: would Aaron buy?

GT’s turbo engine decent mileage but requires fuel

Photo #169; Gold

Any lingering doubts I had the worth of all-wheel-drive evaporated on trip. I used to live in New York, so I know a thing or two winter driving, and the Legacy’s to go in the snow is something to behold. helps on dry pavement, too — I was to make some serious on the switchbacks below the snow

Though the turbo’s extra was nice — the GT accelerates 50 to 80 like nobody’s business, came in handy when — I’d go for the 175 horsepower engine in the non-GT models. better on gas and doesn’t require fuel like the turbo

Personally, I’d opt for the $22,120 2.5i model (read ). It’s well equipped windows, mirrors, and locks, antilock brakes, torso and curtain airbags) and is the only wagon available with a For those who don’t share my for clutch pedals, I’d the 2.5i Special Edition; at (including 4-speed automatic, driver seat and big sunroof) a great buy.

The GT had almost all the gizmos I could ask except a navigation system it’s only available on the But the aftermarket units are getting so and so cheap I’d be inclined to go one of those.

We own a mid-size wagon (a Honda Accord) and the balance carrying capacity and fuel is hard to beat. And the Legacy it all so well — it’s loaded with safety and a delight to drive.

Bottom Would I spend my own money for a wagon?

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