One of the reasons I bought my Legacy was it's striking good looks. The side profile and rear of the the car especially are superb. The 17" alloy rims along with low profile tires help give the car a ...
One of the reasons I bought my Legacy was it's striking good looks. The side profile and rear of the the car especially are superb. The 17" alloy rims along with low profile tires help give the car a sleek look, certainly making it one of the best looking cars in it's class at the time.
The interior is of good quality for the year. Soft touch padding is placed throughout the vehicle, with very few cheap plastics around. The layout of the drivers seat gives you all the standards like cruise control and variable intermittent wipers, while showing continuity in terms of accessory placement. In fact, the wiper controls are almost identical to my first Subaru, a 1995 Legacy. The radio and climate controls are simple and easy to use. CD player and auxiliary input are standard. The storage compartment is adequate as well and so are the cup holders. The car comfortably seats 4 and can seat five if necessary, although the middle fifth seat is not very pleasant. Overall the interior of the car is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. It just lacks real rear cup holders and a center armrest for the rear seats.
The Legacy is not all looks, however. This car dives into corners and almost begs you to go faster. Steering is tight and this car gives a very solid ride in large part to Subaru's symmetrical all wheel drive system. As a New England native, the standard awd is another reason I bought this car. The Legacy performs very well in the snow, although not quite as well as the Forester. The one knock I have on it's performance is the standard 2.5l engine. This car is definitely underpowered. When traveling with multiple passengers, the Legacy struggles to get out of it's own way. Even when driving solo, steep inclines are not your friend. I would recommend looking for the 3.0R model if you can find one. Along with more upscale amenities such as heated leather seats, premium sound, and optional navigation, this model solves the power problem without a huge drop in fuel economy ratings. Speaking of which, don't expect to get even 30 mpg with this car. Driving around town and commuting to work, I only average about 20mpg, a downside to all wheel drive. However, this does not include much highway driving.
Overall I have been pleased with the car, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a solid used vehicle.