2001 Legacy New Car Test Drive
Completely redesigned last year, the all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy can handle any road conditions dealt its way and is an enjoyable car when the sun shines.
The Legacy lineup consists of three sedan models and two station wagons. (See separate nctd.com review of the Outback models.)
Legacy sedans include: $19,295 L, $22,895 GT, and $24,395 GT Limited. Legacy wagons: $19,995 L and $23,795 GT.
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.
A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a four-speed electronically controlled automatic ($800) is optional.
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 features and trim. GT Limited models get side-impact airbags, leather upholstery and a CD player. We drove the Legacy GT Limited.