Performance (not enough character for review so to the point)
Quarter-mile 14.5 but can be quicker (read) Handling-poor. Change the FRONT springs to "Tien" lowering springs, 2 hours and changes everything.
Now, she power slides, launches keeping the rear spinning, quarter mile drops by a massive 0.7sec To 13.8. All thanks to a set of FRONT lowering springs. Don't question it, just understand it. Whomever made the decision for the suspension was smoking some real heavy stuff. Now it's the best damn car I EVER owned. Drifts, slides, rips up the q-mile and gets groceries. Reliable & dependable. Quick & subtle. Now it's right.
Reliable solid power train with amazing AWD.
Front springs; Tien lowering springs.
Intake; K&N cold air
ECU; Cobb access port
This car is great in the snow especially fitted with snow tires. Acceleration is good it pulls when its in s#sharp mode. The bilsteins are plush but stiffens up a bit when carving the corners. Interior is not up to par while previous car acura tsx had better interior. The body has a nice sleeper stealthy look but it dings easily cause of thin panels. Fuel economy is decent for a turbocharged car, overall I've gotten 22 city and hwy, if its all highway I've gotten 29.7 mpg. Navigation is horrible, it needs to be updated and easier to use.
I wanted a shifter sedan that had AWD but something different from an Audi/BMW. I loved the looks of this car and how solid it feels when driving. To me it is a true sport sedan. I think I would be happier with the short-throw gearbox and will probably have that installed by the dealer before too long. It is a great road trip car but definitely sucks down the premium fuel. Overall I have been very happy with the car and plan to drive it for years to come. I had an Acura previously and while I think the Subaru is much more fun to drive I miss the interior quality of the Acura.
Definitely the horsepower. It would be difficult to go back to a car with less.
The sound system leaves a lot to be desired. There is NO storage in the cabin of this car - even the glove box is too shallow to fit my sunglasses. The seats are nice but interior fit and finish in general is not the quality I would have expected in a car in this price range.
Traded in a Mazda 6s 5speed for the Legacy SpecB. Subaru is superior to the Mazda in ride quality, comfort, fit and finish inside the car, and certainly performance. Few vehicles perform like this one does while treating driver and passengers to such a pleasant riding experience. I like the styling, too. Understated is fine by me - it is no fun driving a "cop magnet"! My experience has been spectacular so far!
Performance and handling. Classic, understated styling. Wonderfully smooth ride.
A little more leg room would be nice, especially for the driver.
After a bit of consideration, I decided to 'grow up' and get a Legacy GT Spec.B. All I can say is, 'Woohoo!'. The car is very comfortable, quiet and performs very well from the factory. As a guy who really gets into my cars and appreciates the offerings of the aftermarket world, the Suby steps up here as well, with numerous offerings. The 6 speed manual that the Spec.B comes with is very well nearly worth the price difference between it and the regular Legacy GT in and of itself. Add the Subaru STi short shifter and the gearbox feels nearly German, which is a very good thing! Bang for the buck, the Spec.B is definitely one of the best values, and with help, the car can take on the best!
6MT, Navigation, great power/heated Alcantara seats, good looks, lots of power, AWD takes you places other cars can't. Stock audio system plays mp3/wma and has an Aux in for iPods with power in the center console. Lots of aftermarket parts and accessories available. Amazing curb weight for the car.
Navigation doesn't accept destination inputs while driving. No Bluetooth integration. Nav system comes without microphone for voice commands (can be obtained thru Kenwood). Stock ride height ungainly for a sports sedan. Stock sway bars far too soft.