My colleagues are right; this Legacy isn't an STI. Subaru's boxer four-cylinder is an admirable engine, but it's a little wanting for power, especially in a mid-size car like the Legacy. Personally, I think the flat six, which eschews the CVT in favor of a five-speed automatic, is better suited for a sedan of this size.
The $26,320 base price of this Limited model may strike some as a little steep, but considering the long list of standard equipment, including heated seats, leather, a Harmon/Kardon sound system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, and all-wheel drive, it doesn't quite strike me as egregious. That said, a Legacy 3.6R Premium is a couple hundred dollars more; forgoing the leather seats, surround sound, and the Bluetooth system is a fair trade for a car that's much more pleasant to drive.
- Evan McCausland, Web Producer