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.