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2006 Subaru Legacy

2006 Subaru Legacy

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$2,610 — $8,658 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
22-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Exceptional handling in GT
  • Well-executed manual transmission
  • Strong turbocharged engine in GT
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Seat and ride comfort

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2006 Subaru Legacy
  • Redesigned for 2005
  • Standard AWD
  • Six airbags
  • Many accessories offered
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Turbo engine available

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2006 Subaru Legacy Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 wag...

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

What drivers are saying

4.1
30 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Simple and Stylish!

by Marissa and CJ from Scranton, PA on August 29, 2020

We absolutely love this car. It rides so smooth and has power when you need it. The styling is wonderful with some of the nicest stock rims I've ever seen. Inside is comparable to a luxury vehicle, ... Read full review

(3.0)

Notorious for blowing a headgasket at around 100k

by Fererer from Torrington CT on November 11, 2019

I really liked this car for handling and having no fear of winter, but unfortunately I really didn't like its accelerator pedal, which was electronic and featured a delay between driver input (push) ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Subaru Legacy currently has 7 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Legacy received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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