I purchased the car new and have over 40K miles on it. Great gas milage especially on the hwy going 70-80 mph. - Averages 34 mi/gal. The ride is smooth both in the city and hwy. Very peppy. I have the upgraded radio which is nice. No problems at all. The car is very light but I feel safe. Great handling - almost impossible to loose control. It's a great car I plan to put alot of miles on. Love the paddle shifters on the steering column - I downshift alot instead of using brakes. Lots of trunk space. I use full synthetic oil and change it every 10K miles. I recommend this for a commuter car and have 2 boys 9 & 5. Very good for my lifestyle and budget.
This car is perfect for a taller person who commutes in a snowy environment. This car gets good gas mileage (28mph at 75mpg on highway) considering it's AWD - which I like to have in Vermont. If you don't need the AWD you can do much better (toyota camry hybrid). Also, the handling is average. But for someone with my specific needs, this car is just perfect.
Except for the intolerable seats...I like my Subaru and everything else about this car. Economical, reliable, easy to see out of it. Good size trunk. Good in the snow and rough roads. Feels somewhat primitive and mechanical, but well connected. Good build quality. It makes me unhappy to report how uncomfortable this car is on longer trips. My wife and I can't wait to get to a rest stop...just to get out and stretch our backs and behinds. We have taken our Legacy cross country for a 5,000 mile trip...no problems with the car...big problems for us sitting in it. It is really unfortunate these seats feel so uncomfortable.
I went in initially looking to purchase a 2005 Legacy but felt to cramped. Saw the redesigned 2010 & took it for a drive. The space is great, front and rear (coming from a Honda Civic Coupe). Looks great from the front, so-so from the rear. Smooth handling on most surfaces, but stimulus money can only make so many roads perfect. Acceleration is to be expected with a 4cyl AWD vehicle & passing ability is adequate. With 13,500 on the clock I've yet to have any of the pulling/shaking issues described in other reviews. I have experienced the shifting "clunk" sound a couple times, though it is always when parked on an incline. Overall I'm pleased with my purchase & would recommend it to anyone.
OK, so I decided that the 50K price point was the limit and I downsized after owning/leasing an A6 and M35.. No regrets (drove the 4cyl..get the 6). A few nits, like no storage net on the back of the driver seat and got the 2011 with the folding mirrors but so far so good- lots of pep in the 260 hp boxer. easily surpass' the 25 mpg level turnpike (dealer did not lie)- 16-18 local,good body features- folding back seats (not on A4 or G35), lumbar ( you need the electric seats the plain seats are not padded enough). Nav system took a few extra reads in the manual to master- if mileage is a worry you can almost get a 3.6L plus a prius to spare for same cost as A6
All-Weather Package, Harman Kardon Audio System and Power Moonroof ($2,490 -- includes front wiper de-icer; heated front seats and heated exterior side mirrors, AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer, MP3/WMA/AAC playback capability and auxiliary input, Bluetooth hands-free phone, overhead console microphone, steering wheel voice command and phone switches, nine Harman Kardon speakers including subwoofer, 440-watt Harman Kardon amplifier, and power glass sunroof with manual sunshade).
2,457cc (150 cu-in)
Single overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
170 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
170 @ 4,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Final-drive ratio: 3.7:1
Contrary to most CVT programming, the Subaru makes slightly quicker times in "M" than in "D." If left in "D" the tach lazily gets up to 5,500 rpm at 65 mph. On the other hand, in "M" it goes all the way to redline by 40-ish then "shifts" back and forth between 6,500 and 5,500. Adequate power, smoothly delivered.
Medium-soft pedal and noisy tires but good fade resistance. Straight stops with some dive and respectable stopping distances.
Skid pad: Yeow, do these tires scream! Lots and lots of roll -- so much that I believe I was hearing the tires rub against the struts up front. Steering gave me some info, but the tires couldn't shut up about something. Slalom: Tendency to build oversteer with each successive transition, and the car doesn't have the hp or smart AWD system to use it as an advantage. This is also compounded by the all-season tires that let go early. Quick turn-in, but otherwise slow response.