2005 Legacy New Car Test Drive
The Subaru Legacy has been thoroughly redesigned for 2005. It's bigger than previous-generation models and comes with new styling and new interiors. The 2005 Legacy wagons and sedans are roomier, more comfortable and more contemporary than before. They look sleeker and more contemporary. They handle better and feel more refined, benefits of a more rigid chassis and wider track. They're sportier, too, with a powerful new Legacy GT model added to the lineup.
Equipped with all-wheel drive and a 250-horsepower turbocharged engine, the Legacy GT attacks mountain roads like a sports car. It boasts a seemingly perfect balance of ride and handling. Around town and on the highway it offers a nice, smooth ride and handles bumpy sections particularly well.
No mid-size sedan inspires more confidence on a wet road than the Subaru Legacy. The Legacy wagons are eminently practical and two-thirds of all Legacy buyers choose them. Subaru continues to offer all-wheel-drive as standard equipment on every vehicle in its product line.
Long a cult favorite in inclement climes, Subaru is gradually stretching beyond its traditional base in geography, performance and pricing. The company wants shoppers to think of Subaru as a premium entry in its class. To this end, it's polishing its quality and technical credentials. The 2005 Legacy 2.5i and 2.5 GT go a long way toward achieving these goals. They are more sophisticated and more refined than before. While continuing to offer the utility, safety, performance, and reliability loyal Subaru customers expect, the new models are more stylish, offer more performance, and exude more emotion than previous models.
The 2005 Subaru Legacy comes in sedan and wagon body styles. All come with variations of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the latest evolution of Subaru's slick, full-time four-wheel-drive system. Two four-cylinder engines are available (but no six-cylinder).
The 2.5i models come with a 168-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic ($1000). The automatic come with a semi-manual feature called Sportshift.
The 2.5 GT models get a 250-horsepower version of the same engine turbocharged and intercooled. The GT models come with a choice of five-speed manual or five-speed automatic ($1200). The automatic comes with Sportshift, while the manual has been reinforced to handle the extra horsepower.
The base Legacy 2.5i sedan ($20,995) and 2.5i wagon ($21,995) come nicely equipped: air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; cruise control; six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo; trip computer; power windows, locks and mirrors; and carpeted floor mats. Upholstery is a tweed-look fabric. The wagon has a 60/40 split, fold-down rear seatback; cargo light; carpeted cargo area; and retractable cargo cover. Exterior-wise, the wheels are 16-inch alloys with R-rated all-season tires, and the foldable mirrors and side ground effects are painted to match the body. The wagon gets a rear spoiler and roof rails.
Moving up to the 2.5i Limited sedan ($24,445) 2.5i Limited wagon ($25,645) adds upgraded front disc brakes, a power driver's seat; a cold-weather package; an in-dash, six-disc CD changer; power moonroof; dual-zone automatic air conditioning; leather trim on the seats and wrapped around the steering wheel, hand brake grip and shifter knob; and halogen foglamps. The moonroof on the wagon is a dual-pane design, with a tilt-up front panel and a retracting rear section.
The 2.5 GT sedan ($25,995) and GT wagon ($26,995) come with cloth upholstery; sporty front seats; a Momo-brand, leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel (with integrated, Sportshift buttons when the automatic is ordered); turn signals integrated into the outside mirrors; dressed-up door sills; 17-inch alloy wheels; Z-rated all-season tires; and larger brake discs, with vented rear rotors.
The 2.5i GT Limited sedan ($28,495) and wagon ($29,695) get perforated leather upholstery; a power driver's seat; a four-way power passenger's seat; and a moonroof.
All Legacy models come with a full array of safety features, comprising dual-stage frontal airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and full-coverage side curtain airbags. The front seats have active head restraints. Antilock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) are standard across the line.
Port-installed accessories include a rear spoiler for the sedan ($380); moonroof air deflector ($73); rear cargo tray ($75); and various configurations of rear cargo nets ($42 to $68) for the wagon; an air filtration system ($85); subwoofer/amplifier ($273); all-weather floor mats ($55); short-throw shifter for the manual transmission ($339); Momo shift knob (manual: $97; automatic: $112); and a metal pedal pad set (manual: $165; automatic: $141).