The legacy is a good proposition if you're expecting a kid and want basic transportation. It has one fatal flaw that is resulting in me getting rid of it: The seats. The seats are so uncomfortable that I would be prepared to take a loss on the car just to get out of it. My wife's rabbit is a much better vehicle in terms of comfort, despite its smaller size.
space in the back, handling.
seats. Incredibly uncomfortable due to a design flaw that pushes the cushion against the spine.
This car has been awesome. Great power, excellent handling. The Si Drive is super fun. The low ground clearance is no problem in snow. With Dunlop SP Wintersport M3's the wagon will power through 2 feet of snow. A great vehicle.
Engine/transmission are perfectly matched. Seats and sound system are great. Lots of room in the wagon.
Owned the Wagon for 13 months. Love the sleek but understated styling. This is a great looking wagon: lines, wheels, every angle looks good. Mixed driving around town & on local hwy gives 24 - 26 mpg. Hwy gives >30 mpg using regular fuel (2.5i). Manual trans helps but shifting is sluggish and no short throw available for wagon!? Crazy! After pushing dealer several times they finally corrected an engine hesitation w/ a "reflash", basically a software update. If you have this issue, get it fixed! Cabin is smallish and finish not up to my 1998 Acura Integra which I enjoy driving more. Ergonomics are OK but not quite as good as Acura/Audi. For a wagon it's great fun to drive. Recommended.
Engine roar, winter safety & road handling. Utility of the wagon. AMAZING turning radius and // parking is so easy. Great power and acceleration for a non turbo. Good mpg as long as you don't have too much fun! Styling and feel; driving position. Fun & precise to drive hard. Great braking.
Longer wagon area and more width & legroom in cabin. More storage space in cabin; glovebox is an insult. Better quality interior material that doesn't mark up so easily. Short throw gearbox! Power seats w/ memory should be STD. Six-speed gearbox would increase mpg. Weird model option exclusions.
We've had this car about a month and have but about 1500 miles on it. On the NJ Turnpike it got about 31 MPG running at 70 mph and has been getting 22 in the city. Plenty of power, great handling, and practical layout. Much zippier and tighter on the road than the outback, plus better mileage. I bought this car for my wife to replace a minivan. We argue over who gets to drive it. My only gripes, only one power outlet on the dash area and that is inside the ash tray, so the tray must be open to power the radar detector. The porsche designed motor has plenty of power, but can be noisy at times. We have a large dog and she fits nicely in the back with three suit cases. Get one while you can.
Best mileage in an all wheel drive mid sized wagon. Handles almost as well as my Maxima SE. Nice quiet ride. We added the all weather floor mats and rear cargo mat (from an outback) - these are great as you can just hose them off. Highest ratings in crash tests and rollover. The backup sensor.
Could use more power outlets. The alarm system and door locks should be controllable from the drivers door key - the current system is controlled either with the remote or from the inside driver door controls. This car should not be discontinued - it's much better than an Outback for on road use.
I've owned Hondas and a VW in the past and am able to say my Subaru Wagon is a nice mix of both Honda's reliability and VW's style and handling. The acceleration in Sport mode is decent but what is most impressive is the excellent, smooth, quiet, luxurious ride and sharp handling. It's a fun car to drive and the build quality is evident.