2007 Subaru Legacy
Inside the Legacy, a decidedly sporty three-spoke steering wheel sets an athletic tone enhanced by supportive seats, straightforward gauges, metallic trim and crisp, contemporary styling. Combined with the liberal use of quality materials, the Legacy’s passenger cabin conveys a solid sense of refinement. While it isn’t the biggest midsize sedan out there (the EPA actually classifies it as a compact), most backseat passengers should find the Legacy plenty accommodating for trips across town and beyond. Notable standard safety features include front side-impact airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags.
Having just undergone a complete redesign in 2005, the Legacy is still fresh enough that designers haven’t yet incorporated the new trapezoidal grille that’s expected to eventually adorn all Subarus. The Legacy’s frameless doors make it difficult to open or hold a door without touching the window. The turbocharged 2.5 GT Limited model is identifiable by a functional hood scoop and exterior mirror-integrated turn indicators, while all Legacy models sport the same 17-inch wheels.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base Legacy sedan and wagon include a 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD sound system, cruise control, trip computer, tilt steering, cloth seating and 17-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints and anti-lock brakes (ABS).
Notable Optional Equipment
Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 243-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, four- and five-speed manually-selectable automatic transmissions, DVD touch-screen navigation system, in-dash six-CD changer, power glass moonroof, leather seating, power driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, heated side mirrors, wiper de-icer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, wood-look trim and front sport seats.
Under the Hood
Both turbo and non-turbo Legacy models feature a four-cylinder “boxer” engine in which the cylinders and pistons are arranged horizontally, with the two on one side opposing the two on the other side (thus, an “opposed” engine design), rather than being positioned vertically or in a “V” angle. One of the boxer’s advantages is its lower center of gravity that promotes better handling. Depending on the model’s engine/transmission configuration, each Legacy features one of three distinct all-wheel-drive systems designed to match the characteristics of the powertrain.
175 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
169 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 23/30 (automatic)
2.5-liter Boxer-4 Turbocharged
243 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
241 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (manual), 19/25 (automatic)