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In 2005 Subaru already had three turbocharged cars in their lineup: The Subaru Impreza WRX, its super-powered STi variant, and the capable Forester XT SUV. When the Legacy 2.5GT came out, it wasn’t that big of a surprise. What the WRX had in youth, the Legacy 2.5GT made up for in maturity.
Subaru took the 2.5L turbocharged engine out of the STi and detuned it to make 243hp and 241 ft lbs of torque. The suspension gained aluminum control arms in the rear and the chassis received stiffening reinforcement frames. Performance was pretty good for a mid-sized sedan, 0-60 came in at 5.7 seconds, did .84 gs in the skidpad, and would stop from 60 in 130 feet. Mileage for an all-wheel drive car was okay, 18 city and 24 highway. These numbers matched the WRX’s performance, but the Legacy could outgun it in practicality thanks to plenty of space, especially the 2.5GT wagon.
The Legacy’s ultimate 2.5GT came in the guise of the “Spec B” cars. The B stood for the special inverted Bilstein shocks, Vehicle Dynamics Control, an Alcantara interior and 18 inch alloy wheels. While it didn’t improve on straight-line performance it did increase the handling capabilities of the Legacy. Only 500 were built in 2006, but following in 2007 it became a standard model and received a six-speed manual and “Subaru Intelligent Drive” which adjusted engine response, as updates.
In a Bottom Line Review For the 2008 Legacy Sedan, Bengt Halvorson gave praises to the sedan. While it lacked the comfort and ride-quality of its European rivals, it featured better performance for the price. He summarized the Legacy by saying it was “…an agile sport sedan, with a tough side.”
The best bet when looking for a used Subaru is to go through the company’s Certified Pre-Owned program. The dealer will go over inspect 152 components of the car and give a 1 year, 12,000 mile warranty on cars within a 5-year span and under 80,000 miles.
If you’re looking at a used WRX, but don’t want to get challenged at a traffic light, or for a capable sports sedan, you should check out the Legacy 2.5GT.