Coming from an AWD Impreza, I thought
the handling was good. My 03 Legacy GT
far surpasses it. Because it sticks to
the road like glue, I can keep up with
Porsches and BMWs easily on mountain
roads and fly right by clumsy SUVs. I
test drove one with an automatic, and
the complaints about power with this
trans are warranted. I got a 5-speed
and the sluggishness issues were
resolved. I'm averaging 28 MPG in mixed
driving. What's best is the '03
and '04 GTs have every option
imagineable -- In-dash CD changer,
heated leather seats w/side airbags,
windshield wiper de-icer, fog lights,
16-inch wheels, moonroof, etc. Very
hard to find a 5-speed.
Handling and options.
I'd suggest making it lighter and
better on gas, which they did with
the '05 (non-turbo) versions. Don't
care much for the faux wood grain.