2000 Legacy New Car Test Drive
Subaru has made a name for itself as a manufacturer of tough cars with a permanent all-wheel-drive system that makes them safer for highway use and great for light-duty off-road use. The company has introduced an all-new, third-generation line-up of Legacy sedans and wagons for model-year 2000.
Among them is a new Legacy GT that offers handling capable of competing with many European sporty sedans. The Subaru Legacy GT might not have the aura of a BMW or Audi, but it is likely to turn more heads than many of the other compact sedans on the market.
The 2000 Legacy lineup consists of three sedan and three station wagon models. (Although it is still based on the Legacy, the Outback is now being sold as a separate model line.)
Legacy sedan models include the: $19,195 L, $22,795 GT and $24,295 GT Limited. Legacy wagons: $18,395 Brighton, $19,895 L and $23,695 GT. (You'll need to add the $495 destination charge to those prices.)
There is little difference in the specifications of these models. All are powered by Subaru's 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, which produces 165 horsepower. (The 2.2-liter engine is no longer available with the new Legacy models.)
A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a four-speed electronically controlled automatic is optional for $800.
Legacy L models are well-equipped, with anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and locks, and AM/FM/cassette.
GT models add a sport-tuned suspension, bigger wheels and tires, slightly different gear ratios, a limited-slip rear differential, sporty cloth and other trim. GT Limited models get side-impact airbags, leather upholstery and a CD player. We drove the Legacy GT Limited.