• May 21st 2010 at 7:30PM
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2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT – click above for high-res gallery

Over the last few months, we've had some time to come to grips with how comfy and capacious the interior is in our long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT, but despite this, we think it could still do with a sportier feeling cabin. A big part of the staidness of the interior can be blamed on our test car's spears of orangey woodgrain trim – we would have gladly substituted the silver trim in lower-rung models, but it wasn't an option.

Thankfully, Subaru has recognized the incongruity – and the opportunity – and they're substituting faux carbon fiber for the 2011 model year, which ought to be a great improvement and help sell the 'performance' aura. Better still, they're adding aluminum pedal covers and silver seat stitching which should definitely liven up the place a bit.

Pricing for the 2011 model – now in 'Limited' trim only – goes up by $405 to $31,395. but includes Harman/Kardon audio with XM – two items that cost extra in our 2010. They're also adding folding side mirrors, which should make at least one AB commenter we've heard from very happy. Either way the modest price increase is money very well spent in our book. Now, if Subaru would only make its excellent xenon headlamps available as an option (they've already got the switch blank for the beam adjuster in place next to the power mirror controls), we'd be even happier campers...

Updates on our year-long experience with this Subaru can be found by checking out its long-term page. Bookmark it, subscribe to our RSS feed and follow our tweets (#ablongterm) as we travel along the road ahead with our Legacy 2.5GT.

Photos by Chris Paukert / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Save a plastic Tree.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Legacy 2.5GT is by far the Subaru I like best -- but I'm never going to buy a Subaru that is not a wagon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm always amazed at the obsession with both wood grain trim and leather among the manufacturers. They think it is the pinnacle of class and luxury. Fact is, it is very much a matter of personal taste. Unfortunately, and bizarrely, the more one spends on a vehicle, the less choice the manufacturers provide. I would happily pay for some options, although they should probably cost less, such as carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, alcantara, microsuade. In fact, there are some very comfortable and high quality cloth and mesh interiors out there being used. Nowadays, for durability, I would much rather spend my money on a good quality cloth or synthetic rather than leather. ...If manufacturers would even give me the choice.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Agreed with Boxer Fanatic. This is NOT a good looking Legacy. They went backwards. it's like looking at the MkIII, MkIV, and MkV Jetta. I like the MkIV, but it looks NOTHING like the previous and subsequent models.

      That's what I think when I see this car. It doesn't follow the design, in terms of legacy.

      No pun intended.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome, all we need now is the wagon version with same drivetrain please so I can upgrade!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      is the Legacy interior better than the Impreza's? I drove a 2010 Impreza for a couple of days and the interior was miserable. Chrysler-quality plastic everywhere and the dash rattled and buzzed, and with only 2,000 miles on the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Manual declination adjustment of HID lamps is not acceptable.
      Only automatic leveling, or dynamic auto leveling is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who has those, besides BMW/MINI and Audi?

        I have them on my MINI, and they truly are a great feature. I wish they were required on all cars. I'm so sick of being blinded by cars behind me with misaligned HID lamps (esp. GM's and Acuras for some reason). My headlamps always point exactly where they ought to: at the road ahead, not at the rear window ahead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are required outside the US for 35 watt HID (and cleaning system too)

        Although the new design, de-powered 25 watt IIRC, are allowed without the cleaning system, but still require a leveling system (and I think manual is now okay)

        25 watt HID: 2000 lumens
        35 watt HID: 3200 lumens

        It would be nice if the US fixed its laws regarding lamps. The US does not require that the higher you mount your lamps, the farther down the aim is.
        I'd rather that get fixed [and require dynamic auto leveling], than the US ban 35 watt HID systems.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing wasn't beaten by the ugly stick.

      It IS the ugly stick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ '2010' in article title not being '2011'. Thought this was just another test car update....

      That being said, any word on the 2011's folding mirrors having turn signal indicators like they have in other markets?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Compared to its actual competition this is not a bad looking car. Id take it over the Camry, Accord, Fusion, Maliwho. The only sedan that looks on par or better in its class is the mazda 6. But the problem is this car straddles classes. It is between those cars mentioned and the much nicer G37. But all things considered this is a good looking car.

      I do wish it was lower like the previous versions. What is the use of a boxer motor if you just end up making the hood as tall as an inline 6 auto.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you misunderstood me with regard to the height of the hood. I of course dont think it will affect the center of gravity much, i just feel that when you give a car a boxer motor you have the opportunity to style it with a lower hood. Thus making it look more aggressive/aerodynamic and less like your typical FWD I6 sedan.

        Didnt consider the sonata since the 2.0L turbo is not out yet. But yeah if the better looking Kia came with that motor, AWD and a 6spd manual ...... GAME OVER. Kia wins hands down, here is my check.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't like the high hood from a visual point of view, but either way an engine is a much greater mass and the boxer layout should still confer its benefits despite the taller hood line. You are talking about the design of something that ways in the hundreds of pounds range versus the design of something that ways in the dozens of pounds range. The engine design will effect the CG much more than the hood line.

        I think your opinion of it looking better than other cars starting at 20k is justifiable, but I think the fully loaded version is pretty overpriced. Also, you seem to be forgetting about the Hyundai Sonata, which is nicer looking than all of them. The new kia optima is going to look even better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, did I really just do that? I obviously meant to type "weighs" and yet I made that gross error twice. Very weird.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's "xenon", not "Xenon".

      Usually AB gets that one right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah. Xenon is a pinball machine from 1980.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is high intensity discharge, not xenon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only mid-size four-door I would consider owning.

      6-speed? CHeck.
      AWD? CHeck.
      Decent looks? Check.
      >250hp? Check.

      Who needs an overpriced Audi?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Frameless windows are noisier and thus generally not seen in larger sedans where quietness is valued, ahem.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like frameless windows.

        It makes the doors lighter, and the roof and pillars stronger for the same structural thickness, and as a side benefit, are nice when the windows are down.

        The only better window frames than frameless... are the aerodynamic compound-curved-glass-over-frame of the SVX, that allows much larger glass surface, better aero, and slick canopy-roof looks.

        There is a dark blue 2.5RS Impreza around the local area, and I wish both the Impreza coupe, and SVX were in their third re-design now...

        ...hopefully with a better design language than Subie's current stable of cars that look like SUVs. Only the Forester looks decent, because it actually IS a SUV, while Tribeca is a CUV that is trying to look like a big car.

        If only they could get even that straight, which one would think would be the easy part.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Decent Looks? No check.

        Limited Slip Diff? No check
        Folding signal mirrors, No check.
        Bigger brakes than 2.5i, no check.
        Low cowl for visibility, allowed by a nice flat boxer engine? No check.

        The audi may have a high cowl, too, but at least it wears it's size much better than the too-tall, too-chunky Legacy.

        It may still be a Subaru underneath... but I can't stand to look at the thing well enough to consider putting one in my garage. Certainly not an improvement over my 2005, other than a bit more generous rear seat area... which shouldn't have required the destruction of Legacy's looks, to accomplish.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And it has frames windows! Ugh!
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