2.5GT Limited 4dr Sedan AWD w/Nav (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
Options on test vehicle
2,457cc (150 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
243 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
241 @ 3,600
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.540, II = 2.264, III = 1.471, IV = 1.000, V = 0.834, R = 2.370, Final Drive = 3.08
I expected a better launch, but once the tach swings past 4,000 rpm, the real acceleration begins. Gearchanges are smooth, but not particularly fast. Gear spacing is good, keeping revs in the boost range with each upshift.
Pedal feels a little vague. Not much sense of braking capacity, but distances were quite good. Good fade resistance and all stops were arrow-straight.
Mostly throttle-controlled skid pad with ESC on. With it off, understeer was the limiting behavior and no amount of effort on my part could change that. Steering feels a little springy. The fact that the slalom speeds for ESC on/off were identical indicates it's tuned very well. Only at the very edge of the car's mechanical ability does the electronic system intervene. Good crisp turn-in, good balance, and only when you throw it around does the Legacy get loose. Disappointing that there's no sense of this being an AWD car, however.