Best in Class Sport Wagon
By wagagog on
Vehicle2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
ReviewCurrently the best sport wagon available for under $35k. Steering feel is basically perfect. It out-accelerates any of its competitors (and just about everything else, as well). Balance between ride and handling is superb. Interior is neat...subtly upscale with no cheap bits. Safe, reliable, and fun with no major flaws, but only 15-17 MPG in town, 20-24 pure highway. <6 second 0-60 times are valid, but the on-demand turbo acceleration requires keeping the RPMs at 3,000+, so if you don't downshift to the right gear at the right moment, you'll miss that extreme power. Smooth, quiet. Plays family wagon and sports car equally well. Standard shifter is too long for sporty driving, but has a decent feel.
Best FeaturesSteering feel is this car's most stellar feature, as many reviews have noted. Turbo rush is fun. Excellent safety. My wife loves the heated seats. Also, this car is a TOTAL SLEEPER; no one would ever believe you if you told them how fast it was (unless they were in the know).
Worst FeaturesStereo, although adequate, not up to $28k price tag. Some climate controls inconvenient behind manual shifter. Slope of front seat bottom angled forward a bit much for me (not adjustable). Telescoping wheel would be nice. Goofy flap attached to rear hatch interior a bad afterthought. Standard short shift.
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