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Subaru Legacy GT performs stealthily


Subaru Legacy
Subaru's Legacy is a compact car that has been around for years, has its fans and loyal owners and yet never generates a big buzz.

But it should.

Competing amid a sea of small- to medium-sized autos, the Legacy differentiates itself with its standard all-wheel drive. It's also one of the few in the segment to offer an uplevel turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.

Fuel economy ratings for many Legacy models are respectable -- as high as 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway -- and the car has been a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine for years.

If that's not enough, the 2007 Legacy earned the top five-out-of-five stars for driver and front-passenger protection in U.S. government front crash tests.

Sold as sedans and wagons, the Legacy carries a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $21,120 for a 2007 conventional four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission.

A 2007 sedan with optional automatic transmission starts at $22,120.

The lowest-priced Legacy wagon, with manual transmission, also starts at $22,120.

But the real "sleeper" models are the uplevel GTs. They're pricier, with window stickers starting at $28,920, and generously equipped: leather-trimmed seats, moon roof, agile handling without a too-harsh ride, high-tech systems and a zippy, 243-horsepower turbo engine.

Competitors to the top Legacy models include the turbocharged 2007 Audi A3 five-door hatchback, which starts at $26,060 in two-wheel drive and $34,700 for an all-wheel-drive model, and the turbocharged 2007 Volvo S40 sedan, which starts at $29,085 in two-wheel drive and $29,685 for an all-wheel-drive version.

Base Legacy models have pleasant, mainstream looks that are neither showy nor too plain.

The GTs include a working hood scoop, but before you cringe, realize that it's not an exaggerated, boy-racer thing. The scoop's rise in the middle of the Legacy hood is mild and doesn't detract from a pleasing overall appearance.

Washington Times





Subaru Legacy GT performs stealthily
Japanese Import Car, New & Used Car, 2007