I look at the Legacy 2.5GT as an Impreza WRX for a growing family. There's much more legroom, a decent trunk that makes up for the lack of a hatch, and styling that is mainstream enough to please those who no longer want to draw attention to their rides.
I spent a day driving all over southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio running errands, and the Legacy was perfect for normal driving. On my way home, I decided to take a dirt road and play with the all-wheel drive. It's hard not to love this package when you flick the car into a turn covered with gravel. How many other cars can be a respectable family sedan and still offer a functional hood scoop and some rally heritage?
The suspension is a bit on the soft side, but I bet there are plenty of WRX upgrades that will work on the Legacy since all Subarus share the same suspension design. My other gripe is the funky iPod integration. It works well enough, but for some reason the system won't let you select another playlist while the car is in motion. Not a big deal while driving around town, but it would make me crazy on a long drive.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor