fast family car
By buggybear on
2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
With the H6 engine, Bilstein dampers, upgraded audio and interior, and sporty AWD system, this car is a great drive for a utilitarian family sedan. Trunk and seating space is adequate but not great. Got it for about the same as the slab sided 4 cylinder 2010s hitting the lot -- great bargain except for poor mileage and some mechanical issues fixed under warranty. Composed at speed, the car is good for curvy New England back roads too. Auto trans is also OK with paddle shifters, but just OK (downshift blips are the best feature). This isn't a true sport sedan but it's a nice compromise that allows a family of 3 to enjoy the open road (and allows a single driver to cut it up a little).
Drivetrain (engine and AWD system), Bilstein shocks, nice looking 18" alloys, Harmon Kardon audio (not concert quality but fine for the road), stalk mounted flappy shifters (not on the wheel where up and down get lost in the corners), electroluminescent gauges, leather seats (great for long trips)
faster upshifts in manual mode, available manual transmission for naturally aspirated performance engines (Subarus in Japan and Europe have them), better traction control (acceleration on loose gravel caused problems leading to re-flash), rear AC vents