Optioned up to Limited trim, the Legacy doesn't feel like as good of a deal as it should be with the base four-banger and CVT. With zero options, the Legacy starts at $20,720 and returns 19/27 mpg if you can shift for yourself. The CVT's 31 mpg rating costs $1000 more and probably isn't a worthwhile investment if you can handle driving a manual. I don't think I'd bother adding any options to a Legacy unless I moved up to a 2.5GT. Subaru does basic cars very well, but it hasn't yet put together an interior that justifies the premium price that our test car's sticker commands.
If you need AWD, a spacious back seat, and generically handsome looks, then the Legacy is right up your alley. This car will offend nobody, tackle any weather or road conditions you might find, and be very reliable. That's all I really need in a car.
- Phil Floraday, Senior Web Editor