This is my first Subaru. It is a great handling and very quick sedan. A true sports sedan for thousands less than European competition. It is also not your everyday Accord/Camry. I shopped around comparing it to the Volvo S40, VW Passat, Acura TSX, Accord, Mazda 6, Mazda 3, and Hyundai Sonata. It offered the best combination of price, looks, and sportiness. It also offers typical Japanese reliability and ranked number one in crash tests (only car in class to have Gold seal). The 2.5 turbo engine was also voted as the best engine world wide in the 2.0 - 2.5 class.
Engine! All wheel drive is a great feature. Responsive handling. Unique exterior design.
Longer warranty (4yr/50k). Back seat should fold down. Fuel economy needs improvement. Cheap simulated wood needs to go.
With the chunky Toyo Garit HT winter snows this car handled very well in most of what a harsh Canadian winter could throw at it. A pleasure to drive in the summer as well with the huge moon roof open. Tight handling - great.
Moon roof. Handling.
Access to driver controls for windows and locks impeded by the door handle trim. Be nice to have the radio/stereo controls at the steering column for safety and ease of use.
Since buying a new 2006 Legacy wagon in January it has proven to be reliable, fun to drive, practical and has an understated elegance. It is a comfortable car for long journeys. Increased rear leg room would be useful but it is adequate for adults in the back. The load space is very useful and the rear seats easily fold down to open up a large load area. The rear trunk cover is also well engineered and easy to remove (unlike that in the Volvo V50). The dashboard is well designed and attractive however the silver painted plastic around the gear selector scratches easily. The four speed auto-box works well, although having a 5 speed unit would be appreciated.
2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
This is a great car. I got it for my wife for her birthday gift and she loves it. The build quality is great. A very underrated Accord alternative. The AWD was the #1 selling feature for me. So far no problems, well one...I haven't been able to drive it because my wife won't let me.
AWD, sport shift transmission, price, quality reputation.
Radio controls on steering wheel, navigation system available on 2.5i Limited model, reserve power for windows after ignition is turned off, iPod adapter, fold down rear seat, power passenger seat option on 2.5i Limited.
I was looking for a fun, manual transmission 4 door sedan, and had been ready to buy an Acura TL 6 speed. Read a review of all-wheel drive sport sedans, & the Spec B got a great review, so I checked it out. I've owned the car almost 4 months, and it is a blast to drive. I would have liked to have a 6-speed, and I know that the 2007 Spec B will have it, but the 5-speed is responsive, and I blow away BMW's and hemi Chryslers - the all wheel drive and low profile tires really stick. Seating is comfortable, although not as nice and encompassing as my BMW 540. The car is comfortable on longer (2-4 hour) drives, and the sound system is very good (no satellite radio however - a big miss!).
1. Stick/responsive clutch. 2. Turbo. 3. All wheel drive traction and cornering. 4. Sound system. 5. Nice hand holds over the doors, good fit and finish on the car, good cup holders in front. 6. Driving experience is great - the car is really engaging, and you stay involved; great suspension & brakes.
1. Begs for the 6 speed 2. Satellite radio 3. Fold down rear seats.