The Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Premium has been discontinued for 2011, so turbocharged models are only offered in very well-equipped 2.5GT Limited trim, including chrome exhaust tips, a power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control and a 440-watt (and now XM satellite radio compatible) Harman Kardon premium audio system, a power moonroof, and fog lights. The system is also optional on the Premium, as is a moonroof. A voice-activated nav system—one of the better ones on the market, and not requiring a complicated controller—is optional only on the Limited and includes a backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and iPod interfacing, and streaming Bluetooth audio.
The value factor for the Subaru Legacy got a lot stronger with its redesign last year, as Subaru ramped up standard equipment while actually dropping prices through much of the model line. The 3.6R models dropped the most in price, but our editors' pick for best value is the base 2.5i model, which is an amazing deal at a starting price of around $20k (or a thousand more with the CVT). At that price, it includes power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; tilt-and-telescope steering; keyless entry; split-folding rear seatbacks; and a four-speaker AM/FM CD player with aux input. Steering-wheel audio controls are also included, and for 2011 the Legacy gets folding outside mirrors at all trim levels.
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