2005 Subaru Legacy Review

2017
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2017
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by Al Vinikour

After driving the all-new 2005 Subaru Legacy I can paraphrase a quotation from former President Theodore Roosevelt: “Walk softly and produce great vehicles.” Subaru is one of those companies that doesn’t thump its chest and search out cameras like some manufacturers. Rather, it lets its products do the talking, and when it comes to their fourth-generation all-wheel-drive Legacy, talk it does.

Totally redesigned for the ’05 model year, Legacy comes as a sedan or a wagon. It’s refreshing to hear a manufacturer refer to this as a “wagon” instead of calling it a “crossover,” “compact SUV” or some other euphemism that puts distance between some who perceive station wagons as dinosaurs. With the current fuel-price situation, a wagon connotes conservative versatility as opposed to a gas-guzzling behemoth. Besides, the Legacy is anything but the usual definition of a conservative station wagon.

Four and four

The Legacy comes in four trim levels – Legacy 2.5i, Legacy 2.5i Limited, 2.5 GT and 2.5 GT Limited. Non-GT vehicles come equipped with a SOHC 2.5-liter flat four engine that produces 168 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. The GT models, however, come with a DOHC version of the same engine with an intercooled turbo, which pumps out 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are horizontally opposed (boxer) and sit deeper in the chassis to produce a lower center of gravity and improved handling. There’s not a thing wrong with the base engine…if you want to drive from here to there in comfort. However, if you want something that will make you look forward to driving from here to there, the turbo is for you.

2005 Subaru Legacy

2005 Subaru Legacy

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I was afforded the opportunity to put the Legacy through its paces on a variety of straight roads, curvy and twisty mountain highways, various elevations and even some roads that were rain and snow-soaked. The Legacy barely noticed the difference.

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April 8, 2017
2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

Well rounded Car

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I've really enjoyed my Legacy. I looked at ranking and reviews of other mid sized cars, but went with the Legacy because of the strong resell value and awd. I really like the simplicity of the interior-I don't... + More »
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October 8, 2016
2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

I would buy it again.

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So far so good. I'm getting 29.4 AVG MPG good space, safety and comfort are a 5. Just go drive it and you'll see.
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September 28, 2016
2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited

Best all wheel car around

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We bought our car two weeks ago and are both enjoying riding around in it. It is a very nice looking car and handles very good on the road We bought the 2.5 and are very happy with it. Got 29.5 MPG on the... + More »
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