2006 Subaru Legacy Consumer Review: 2006 finally Makes the Grade A

2006 Subaru Legacy - Consumer Review

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2.5i Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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2006 finally Makes the Grade All Around
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2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


This replaced our 1995 Legacy 4WD LS wagon, which still looks good but recently had to have its transmission rebuilt, and axles and driveshaft replaced. The new i LTD wagon is gorgeous and a great value. The engine is the new 175 hp model - a big improvement over the old one, and over the 168 hp 2005, which had seemed slower than the 1995 model. You can feel the power and supercharger is not missed. It handles exceptionally well and has outstanding visibility. The Gold Award from the IIHS sealed the deal - the 2005 had done poorly in the crash test. The ride is a great improvement - taut and responsive. The automatic shifter is weird and awkward but versatile. No manual option on the LTD.

Best Features

Interior with all its gadgets, enormous sunroof, increased power, seamless 4WD. Front seating. Flat fold-down seats.

Worst Features

5 or 6-speed auto instead of 4. VSC. Telescoping steering column. Available manual on i-LTD. Better rear seat. Separate controls for mirror and rear window heaters. Separate window opening on tailgate. Key opening for tailgate. Navigation system as an option.
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