Read on the net a couple professional reviews for this car, don’t take my word for it. Subaru really hit the mark with this one – the ’05 is the first year of the 2nd gen, and ’06 is nearly the same c...
Read on the net a couple professional reviews for this car, don’t take my word for it. Subaru really hit the mark with this one – the ’05 is the first year of the 2nd gen, and ’06 is nearly the same car (front scoop tad lower). Sure it’s not quite as “on & svelte” as a BMW M3 or 330ci, but it holds its own with 250 hp and Subaru’s smooth full time AWD, and for once, it’s not “Subie funky” as a few older models. Interior and body fit-finish is very good. Plus, it's 10 grand cheaper for similar performance. GT drive train is derived from the WRX STI 2.5 liter turbo & World Rally Car racing circuit – very solid. The auto-sport shift (not manual), is truly a shocker as how well it works – shifting aggressively to pass, or stuck in traffic on full auto. After driving a Mitsubishi VR4 360 hp, AWD, 6-spd, then to the Subaru GT – frankly, the GT is far more useful while still sporty – and way cheaper to maintain. GT back seat, tho bigger than a VR4’s joke 2+2, is quite cramped for a 6 ft adult – teens and smaller folks OK. GT gets up to 30 mpg in “real world” if light on the pedal, and 21 mpg if you’re juicing it. I’ve owned four Subaru’s, two of this generation GT - Reliable, fun, and economical. No weirdness, everything simply works. Legacy is a tad lower suspension than the Outback’s, if you’re bashing lots of snowdrifts and dirt roads – Outback is the higher clearance choice. Weekend cruze to the snow, or commute traffic, Legacy GT is simply great. Note the GT is a 5spd with 75 more hp than the 2.5i (4-spd), which is a noticeable delta. The one negative reader below ‘Pathetic’ complaining about noise and ride height, frankly, must have been driving a modified car or something was screwed up; ten of eleven reviewers rate the Subaru GT car very highly.
New Car test, Tom Lankard, "Subaru now wants to be viewed as a premium brand, not a luxury brand like Lexus or Mercedes, but premium in the level of technology it offers. Subaru certainly lives up to that. Its all-wheel-drive systems are among the best in the world, honed through its success in the World Rally Championship, and Subaru designs its awd systems specifically for each model and driveline offered, ensuring optimum performance. Subaru's premium technology goes well beyond all-wheel drive, however. The engines and suspensions are highly engineered, resulting in a car that offers excellent handling on paved and unpaved roads along with a smooth, comfortable, though not cushy, ride quality.
All Legacy models come with a full array of safety features, including 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. And all-wheel drive is certainly a safety feature. All this stuff is standard. Many other vehicles with lower base prices, sell these features as extra-cost options. "