Best Bet
  • (4.2) 26 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,403–$12,015
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-26
  • Engine: 250-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2006 Subaru Legacy

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Subaru Legacy

What We Don't Like

  • Some body lean through curves
  • Backseat doesn't fold
  • Interior tighter than competition
  • No electronic stability system
  • Premium gasoline recommended

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2005
  • Standard AWD
  • Six airbags
  • Many accessories offered
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Turbo engine available

2006 Subaru Legacy Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Slightly larger and more powerful than its predecessor, the redesigned 2005 Legacy gained safety features and a newly available 250-horsepower turbocharged engine. Offered in sedan and wagon body styles, Legacy is Subaru's larger series — closely related to the sport utility vehicle-styled Outback.

For 2006, the non-turbocharged 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder gets an increase from 168 to 175 hp, courtesy of a new i-Active Valve Lift System. Legacy 2.5i models gain 17-inch alloy wheels and larger front brakes. A navigation system is now available.

A new 2.5 GT Limited Spec B sedan for 2006 features a Bilstein sport suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system, aerodynamic side ground-effects moldings, aluminum pedal covers and a three-spoke Momo steering wheel. Special Edition 2.5i sedans and wagons have a power moonroof (a dual-panel version on the wagon) and an eight-way power driver's seat. New 2.5 GT Limited models replace the 2.5 GT.

As with all Subarus, all-wheel drive is standard. Subaru offers three transmission and all-wheel-drive combinations: models with the five-speed automatic use Variable Torque Distribution all-wheel drive; models with the four-speed automatic have active all-wheel drive; and manual-shift models use continuous all-wheel drive.


Exterior
The current Legacy looks sleeker than its predecessor, and its dimensions are slightly larger. Using aluminum for the hood, bumper beams and rear liftgate on wagons helped reduce weight by as much as 180 pounds.

Turbocharged models have a functional hood scoop and a dual exhaust system. Alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires on the 2.5 GT, but other models have 16-inch tires.


Interior
The Legacy seats five occupants. A four-dial electroluminescent instrument display is installed in 2.5 GT Limited models, which include leather-trimmed upholstery, an in-dash six-CD changer, an eight-way power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats and mirrors.

Under the Hood
In regular form, the 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder now produces 175 hp. A turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the 2.5 GT Limited develops 250 hp and 250 pounds-feet of torque.

A five-speed-manual gearbox is standard. A four-speed automatic is optional in the 2.5i while the turbocharged 2.5 GT can have a 5-speed automatic. The five-speed automatic incorporates Sportshift for manual gear changes, either at the gearshift or by using buttons on the Momo-designed steering wheel. When a quick burst of acceleration is needed, tapping a button causes the transmission to drop down one gear temporarily. The 2.5 GT Limited wagon is available only with an automatic transmission. All Subarus have all-wheel drive.


Safety
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain-type airbags and antilock brakes are standard. Active front-seat head restraints are included.

Driving Impressions
Ride comfort is a foremost virtue of the 2.5 GT. Despite a basic tautness, its suspension is absorbent and neatly compliant. Some body lean is noticeable through quick curves, but it's largely well controlled and imparts an average confidence level.

The Legacy usually runs quietly, but occupants can hear tire noise on pavement separators and other imperfections. Acceleration in turbocharged models is energetic from a standstill and when passing and merging, though it's short of record-setting. Automatic-transmission shifts are particularly smooth.

The interior is small but not claustrophobic. Entry and exit is easy. The seats are supportive and generously cushioned. Illuminated gauges are easy to read.


Consumer Reviews

4.2

Average based on 26 reviews

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Fun sporty family sedan

by Warped from Pewaukee,wi on November 14, 2017

This has been a fun weekend car. Upgraded to stage 2 components that really brought the car to life with a good professional tune. Stock the vehicle is a nice sporty 4 door sedan that will get you a t... Read Full Review

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2006 Subaru Legacy Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited w/Charcoal Interior

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited w/Charcoal Interior

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited w/Charcoal Interior

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited w/Charcoal Interior

Driver's
Passenger's
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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