I instantly recognized this vehicle as a Subaru Legacy as I walked down the row of cars in the parking structure, but it definitely looks sportier, with a more muscular stance than its predecessor. On the inside, slightly better-looking materials and a roomier back seat moves the Legacy even further from its rally car roots and closer to mid-size family sedan heavyweights like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. By the look of the dash, Subaru drew inspiration from the Camry for the interior style, too: the translucent pale blue plastic surrounding the Legacy's closely mimics that used on the Toyota's central dash. The overall interior design is fairly cohesive, but once you start touching the interior bits, it's clear that Subaru still has some improvements to make on the feel of its materials.
Once I had some room to really hit the gas and have some fun, there was no mistaking the Legacy 2.5GT for its more mainstream competition. The all-wheel drive gives it a major handling advantage, and the turbo four in this 2.5GT is spunky and still fairly economical. The shift action is really disappointing, though, especially for a vehicle and a company that prides itself on its sports car heritage.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor