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Pros: all wheel drive, ABS brakes
Cons: seats are smaller, stereo only fair
Advice: get the 2.5GTi was looking for a car to lease as my company transferred me to Central VA. wanted something comfortable, economical and more importantly, would take me through the winters (and now hurricanes). my mechanic suggested this car. Mechanically, very reliable, stable, good power for a 4-cylinder, great short shift and tight clutch. seats are not as comfortable as my mazda 626, a little noisier, and not as tight fit (windows have wind noise, doors sound a little tinny when slammed shut). Ride is fairly smooth, stereo only fair (i would recommend upgrade to 2.5GT - i only got the special edition), A/C - heating very good, love the moonroof and driving it in bad weather makes one feel very, very confident. With the 5-speed and highway driving (i drive over 200 miles a day), i'm averaging 27 miles/gallon, so i don't feel as guilty as the SUV owners. Over-all, i would buy again, but get the 2.5GT.
Pros: Fun to drive in any condition
Cons: seat comfort
Advice: buy it for lifeBest car for the money
Pros: Subarus excellent AWD system
Cons: Headroom could be better
Advice: Sporty alternative to SUV, inc. options=excellent valueI was seriously considering a 1999 Audi A6 until I came across the newly designed Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 Sedan. Low and behold, I ended up with a sporty, brand new AWD sedan for less than I would have paid for an almost 4 year old Audi. The Audi is a lovely car with a superb interior,(best around in my opinion) but the absolute worst designed cupholders imaginable (tiny, pop out plastic things located OVER the radio!) and a poor reliability record for the '99 model I could afford. The Legacy model in previous years has boasted an excellent reliability rating as well as safety rating and should continue to do so in this model. Fun to drive,excellent visibility, good handling, terrific braking and a fabulous array of standard features sealed the deal for me. My Legacy GT has a nice leather interior w/ 8 way power drivers seat, dual front & side airbags, ABS, heated front seats, power moonroof, nice radio w/ 6 disc in dash CD player & weatherband (nifty feature!), heated side mirrors and much, much more. The dealer gave me an excellent price, I paid just over $24,000 for this loaded AWD sedan-the Audi was more $ with 40,000+ miles!I even ended up with the color I wanted-a beautiful metallic silver with a dark grey leather interior. All in all a LOT of car for the money in an attractive package that is truly fun to drive,with very responsive handling and braking. It could have better pick up when accelerating but it is more than adequate-a 6 cylinder would be terrific, though. My husband at 6'1' found the interior height a bit cramped. There is a surprising amount of room in the back seat, I have 12 & 14 year old boys and they are comfortable back there. Gas mileage is good as well-around 21/27-much better than most larger SUV types. If you are in the market for an AWD vehicle and want value for your dollar in a sporty package the Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 is definitely worth a look.
Pros: Handling; extensive standard features list; Reliability
Cons: Interior design
Advice: Enjoy it!The GT Ltd. is a lot of car for the money. We looked at the Audi A4 & BMW 325xi but could not justify the $8G-$12G's difference in price. It has an extensive list of standard features not found in the other cars that would jack up the price difference even more. The GT handles quite well with its AWD and performance suspension although it is a bit below an BMW or Audi. Performance is adequate and I would suggest Subaru look at putting the WRX motor in as a performance option. (The 6 cyl. is overpriced). You also get to use regular unleaded gas versus the German's thirst for premium. The interior could use some restyling. It needs to be updated but it is comfortable and full featured. All in all this is about value. For less than $25G's actual price paid, you get an AWD car that handles very well, has most every option you can think of and has an excellent reliability history. You have to spend another $10g's or more to find a better car.
Pros: Heated Leather Seats
Cons: No power Seats on the passenger side, No auto open on the sun roof.
Advice: Drive it on a rainy day to get an idea of how well it handles in crummy conditions. AWD all the time rocksI owned an older Legacy before I bought the 2002 Legacy GT limited. The interior of the car is extremely comfortable and I highly recommend the 5 speed for more fun. It actually has pretty good pick up and for the price, compared to a beemer, you get a lot of car with excellent performance and very god reliability. Change the oil, get your check ups and you will have a car for a long time. I am a Subaru fan for life.