2008 Subaru Legacy – Kelley Blue Book

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2008 Subaru Legacy

The 2008 Subaru 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 engines provide good power and decent fuel economy, and the GT features 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.

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.

All Legacy models receive a modest exterior freshening, while the wagon models are renamed Outback, leaving only the sedans to carry the Legacy nameplate.

A new trim, the 3.0 R Limited, becomes the top-of-the-line offering and features a 245-horsepower six-cylinder engine. New standard features for all Legacy models include remote keyless entry, revised dash and seat fabrics and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel.

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 limited-edition 2.5 GT spec.B and the 3.0 R Limited.

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. The new 3.0 R Limited differs from the four-cylinder models, with a non-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine good for 245 horsepower.

170 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (manual), 20/27 (automatic)

2.5-liter Boxer-4 Turbocharged

243 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

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