2007 Legacy New Car Test Drive
Two years ago, Subaru moved upscale with the Legacy sedans and wagons. For 2007, the carmaker hits its stride with premium technology, including and upgraded engine and a sporty new Legacy GT spec.B.
The 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine has been upgraded to an impressive degree, with the introduction of a technology that's currently only available on some BMWs and Ferraris. Called Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive), it allows a driver to twist a knob to select one of three engine performance levels: Intelligent (economy), Sport (sport) and Sport Sharp (high performance).
The Legacy GT spec.B is much like the WRX is to the Impreza, except it's far more refined; it's a gentleman's sports sedan, complete with a navigation system, exotic sound system and charcoal leather seats with smoky blue suede-like Alcantara inserts. It also has a six-speed gearbox, Bilstein suspension and wide, low-profile summer performance tires on 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy rims.
The Legacy still comes in tamer versions, each with Symmetrical All-wheel-drive, standard on all Subaru models. The GT Limited uses the same engine as the spec.B, but an excellent five-speed automatic transmission is available, and its suspension is not so aggressive.
If you're not excited by all this performance, and simply want the trusty, reknowned around-town Subaru, there's still the Legacy 2.5i Sedan, non-turbocharged, which hasn't changed much from 2006, other than the addition of a 60/40 fold-down rear seat with trunk pass-through. The Legacy 2.5i harks back to the Subarus we know and love.
And of course there are the extremely popular wagons. The Legacy Limited and Outback wagons use the turbocharged engine with SI-Drive, but there's still the bread-and-butter Legacy 2.5i wagon that remains one of the best values in versatile transportation.
The Subaru Legacy comes in sedan and wagon versions in a variety of trim levels with turbocharged and normally aspirated engines. All Subaru models come with all-wheel drive. The Legacy 2.5i Sedan and Wagon feature a non-turbocharged engine. The Legacy GT versions use the turbocharged engine with SI-Drive. The Legacy GT comes in Limited and Spec.B versions.
The 2.5i models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (naturally aspirated) and a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Standard features include 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. Wheels are 17-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.
The GT Limited has a long list of standard features that might be considered luxury, including a premium 120-watt sound system with MP3 capability that's pre-wired for XM Satellite Radio and has an auxiliary audio jack, MOMO steering wheel, four-stage heated front seats with power and lumbar adjustment, air filtration system, dual-zone climate control, power glass moonroof, folding heated sideview mirrors, four-beam halogen headlights, halogen fog lights, and new 17-inch alloy wheels. The Limited uses either a five-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic with Sportshift manual mode. A navigation system is optional.
The 2.5 GT spec.B uses a six-speed manual transmission, Bilstein shocks along with inverted front struts and aluminum suspension components, and 18-inch alloy wheels carrying fat 215/45 Bridgestone Potenza summer performance tires. The seats are charcoal gray leather with blue Alcantara (suede-like) inserts. The navigation system is standard on the spec.B.
Safety features that come standard on all models include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, dual-stage frontal airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags for head protection, active front seat head restraints, Vehicle Dynamic Control (excepting the five-speed manual Limited), and all-wheel drive. The 2006 Legacy earned the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in its frontal, side and rear crash tests, for both driver and passenger.