2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Special Edition 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
After 3 weeks with this car, it seems to grow on me with every day. There should be many more of these on the road - you're missing out, people. The ride is firm, yet comfortable with confident feel. The features are plentiful for the price - especially considering all-wheel-drive and top safety ratings with rear side-air bags all included. This non-turbo version does seem to lack power at times; so I compensate by using the manual auto-stick feature and shift at high rpms when quicker acceleration is needed. But the great highway gas mileage is a fair trade-off for the mediocre power. With the cruise set at 70mph, the trip computer averaged 34mpg, and around 32mpg at 80mph. I highly recommend.
The all-wheel drive, of course, is Subaru's signature feature and it is definitely felt in the excellent handling and heavy road feel (although this is a 3300lb car). The audio system is excellent. Detailed sound! I'd highly recommend the subwoofer option though. It makes a huge difference! Also fog lamps.
The 2007 now has built-in XM radio and MP3 capability, which is my biggest disappointment in the '06. My biggest annoyance is the delayed initial response of the throttle; but this is prevalent in ALL new vehicles using throttle-by-wire technology. I much prefer the old throttle cables of late 90's!