• Jun 1, 2010
2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT long-termer has over 4,000 miles on it now, and it's broken in nicely. The six-speed cable shifter has freed up nominally (it's still a bit notchy), and the turbocharged flat-four is singing as sweetly as ever.

As we mentioned earlier, we're pleased to note that Subaru has already begun making some nominal tweaks to the 2.5GT to make it a bit more special, particularly in the area of cabin furnishings. We find the interior to be a pretty comfortable – and hugely roomy – place to be, but for the range's dedicated performance model, the 2010 iteration just isn't adequately differentiated from other models in the series. Thanks to a slew of minor changes, the 2011 model's interior promises visuals that are more in keeping with the 2.5GT's sporting temperament.
Oh – another word about those front seats. We've taken a few longer drives over the past month, and while they're still very comfortable, the lower seat cushions are quite short and we can't help but wonder if this would become a problem for taller folks. We're going to try to cajole some of our lankier friends into taking a few long drives with us and see how they come down. Either way, we do wish that the GT would rank model-specific seats with significantly more lateral bolstering for the twisties. No such issues with the rear seats – knee, leg and toe room is epic, as is headroom.
2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: May 2010

Simple switchgear a welcome trait

There's a lot to be said for simplicity over unnecessary complication.

Less wood, more sport

Subaru has recognized the opportunity to substitute faux carbon fiber trim for 2011.

Click here for all updates.

One other thing we've noticed is that not only are the Legacy's seats comfortable, the ride is extremely forgiving, even on 18-inch Bridgestone summer rubber. The 2.5GT has a surprisingly pliant sort of long-travel feel to it, which has proven to be an asset on the broken roads here in the Midwest. There might be a bit more lean in hard cornering as a consequence, but the tuning seems to mesh nicely with the idea of Subaru's rally heritage – we can see getting our Scandy-flick on and catching air on modest jumps with few issues in this thing. We plan to have the Legacy live out in California for a few months later this year, where our man Lavrinc will tell us if this somewhat softish feeling is a liability on the state's well-groomed curvy roads. For now, however, it's a pleasure, making short work of Detroit's broken surfaces.

In the meantime, our Subie continues to win friends on the streets and with family members, some of whom haven't encountered a modern product from Fuji Heavy. We've had a surprising number of unsolicited compliments curbside and at gas stations, and we're growing used to the design ourselves – those big fenders (purportedly to emphasize the car's all-wheel drive nature) now almost look like they're part of a sporty body kit to us – in a good way – and the deep maroon paint hides the car's size, while the finish appears to be of uniformly high quality.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for the continued updates. No doubt someone at Subaru is reading your write ups and taking that as well as responses into consideration for changes/updates to the car.

      Hopefully you'll be able to snag more cars that appeal to us typical ABers (manual, turbo, awd, etc) that both help auto companies promote their vecs as well as give them a new avenue for feedback.

      If you're listening GM, that means we expect a Regal wagon with awd to be in the AB garage in a few months. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad someone finally said it!

      I test drove a new outback (same seats as the Legacy) and even on the 15 minute test drive the shortness of the seats was bothering me. I'm 6'2 and I own a 03 Legacy and do not have that problem in my own car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The awesomeness continues! We recently had a Subaru join our family (Forester) and they are pretty solid cars. Now just waiting for the coupe and sedan STI to be released.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Must we really need to continue to use 'epic' as an adjective in auto journalism? And honesly, I can't believe you can even describe the ride quality in a Legacy as epic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not nearly as bad as the use of the word 'twisties'...

        Please stop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw one of these on the freeway the other day. It actually looked REALLY NICE! defintely a car that looks better in person than pictures
        • 4 Years Ago
        i agree. i saw a white legacy in person and would rock one if i was in the market for a four-door.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with John H., not much of a looker. I could live without the wheel flares, ack. Kind of looks like an older Saturn sedan from the side. Wonder if they're gonna do a wagon model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how well the suspension and the powertrain would swap over to an Outback. My parents just got a 2010 Outback (6-speed manual, white, Premium, sunroof, Harmon/Kardon audio, cold weather package), and I love many things about it. The styling, electronic parking brake, and lack of power are really my only major beefs, and I could get used to the first two, because it's really a very practical and comfortable car, and the shifter is the best of any Subaru I've ever driven (did they get it from the STI? It feels like they might have). Maybe someday down the line I could find a totalled 2.5GT and transfer over the performance goodies.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...putting the legendary engine reliability to the test...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've seen it in person and it looks tall and generic, not any better than in pictures. Why are so many brands using those bloated wheel arches? These would include Acura, Mazda, and Subaru. They're nasty and overdone. At least on the Mazdas, they're integrated into the design a bit better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking through the gallery, elements of the interior still look very mismatched and in some parts, extremely cheap. It's as though they have the technical prowess, but have no good taste themselves. There's really no elegance here, and many of the plastics, especially, were they in a Hyundai, would get chided to no end. I'm left from looking at all the interior pics with a feeling of "blech" in my mouth. The front-end is likewise extremely inelegant and looks like something more likely to have come from Geely than a Japanese company.

      I will say that the PROFILE is very nice. Unfortunately, this is yet another Subaru that I won't go anywhere near.
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