2003 Subaru Legacy - GT (M5) Sedan
Pros: All wheel drive
Cons: Not enough head room; seats are quite hard
Advice: Not for tall peopleLots of wind noise from the front windows. Can feel everything on the road. Nice looking car, great in bad weather.
2008 Subaru Outback - 2.5 i (M5)
Pros: I love the 'sport' shifting. Gives me better acceleration when getting on the freeway. As a second time Subie owner....I love the AWD!
Cons: Cabin wind noise above 60mph is disappointing. After 14 years making this car I would have thought Subaru would resolve this issue.
Advice: Just drive one......and fall in love with a Subie!!The 2008 Outback is responsive and handles well. The 170 hp, 2.5L engine is more peppy that I expected. Controls are easy to read and get to. Rear seat room is a little cramped compared to older Outback models, but front seating is comfortable. Plenty of cargo room in rear. I'm averaging about 23 mpg (combined city and freeway driving in L.A.)....not bad for AWD!! This is my second Outback.....I'll never drive anything other than a SUBARU!!!!
2006 Subaru Forester - X L.L. Bean Edition (A4)
Pros: Very easy to handle--parking, etc.
Cons: the RATTLE that has developed.
Advice: Drive the Subaru before purchasing any other SUV.In the last six months my car has developed a rattle that appears to be coming from the passenger side of the car. What can be done to eliminate this rattle. Other than the rattle I am very pleased with the car.
2007 Subaru Legacy - i (M5) Sedan
Pros: the look
Cons: the fact that the engine is blown
Advice: do not buy this carI hate it....My subaru already broke down....do not buy.
2006 Subaru Legacy - i (M5) Sedan
Pros: Safety ratings, all wheel drive, handling, style, moonroof. It's handsome and pretty at the same time.
Cons: It rides very low to the ground; my knees hit the steering wheel even at maximum tilt.
Advice: Test out the Outback too. You might like it's clearance and additional room better.Legacy eats Camry and Civic for lunch. My wife wanted a Subaru and went with the '06 Legacy primarily for safety. She didn't want Outback or Forester. She wanted a straight-forward sedan. The front and side airbags + safety ratings are great. Our Legacy is blue with tan cloth interior...very stylish. It is all wheel drive and handles like a dream. I had a SUV prior to the Subaru and the SUV hydroplaned. I have not had any problems (Thank God) with the all wheel drive in snow or rain. Sportshift is useless but makes me feel special (because I, like most Americans need nice things to make me feel good). We have gone on a couple of trips with luggage for two adults and two kids in the trunk. Plenty of junk can go in that there trunk. There is a display in the car dash that tells time, temp and estimated real time gas mileage. Sun/Moon roof is a very nice feature. We have had the car close to two years and have no mechanical issues as one would expect with a new car. It is low to the ground so it can bottom out on declines. This seems almost unSubaru-like. For driver's with long legs, don't expect to be able to move your knees under the steering wheel. This frustrates me the most about the car. I have tilted the steering wheel as far as it will move up and slid my seat as far back as I feel comfortable enough to drive, without smushing my kid's legs, nothing helps. I still highly recommend this car. Subaru makes an excellent product.
2006 Subaru Legacy - i w/Special Edition (M5) Wagon
Pros: Styling. Handling. The horsepower is semi-modest but this car will go if you jump on it- it likes to go fast. The big-ass sunroof is very cool.
Cons: The car sits very low
Advice: I was considering the GT turbo version which was crazy fast for a car of this type but the increased insurance cost wasn't worth a couple giggles here and there.Having owned a 2003 version of the same model I can tell you the '06 Subaru has come along way as far as styling, interior materials, comfort, HP, MPG and noise. I love this car. It's smooth, it's fearless in foul weather, beautiful to look at and a real value when you consider the advanced safety features, all wheel drive, quality of the interior and standard 4 wheel disc brakes. I was happy with my '03 and no intention on buying a new car until I test drove an '06 to kill time while at the dealer for an oil change. While the '03 was a good, dependeable car that handled incredibly well in all types of weather and loved to drive at the redline it was loud and crude compared to the '06. My one disappointment was my decision to move from a 5-speed in the '03 to an automatic in the '06. You loose a lot of pick up and fun with the auto. The auto is smooth and quiet but lags a bit off the line. After you hit second gear it really gets up and goes. It passes amazingly well, going from 70- 90 with no effort. The 5-speed supplies lots of torquey fun and is much more aggressive (which gets a little tired in big city rush hour traffic, thus the switch). One thing to consider when buying a Subaru is that the recommended maintenance is pretty costly. But if properly cared for this vehicle should last a good long time. I have a friend with a Legacy with over 300k on it. If you're looking for great combination of styling performance, versatility and MPG buy this is your car.
2006 Subaru Outback - 2.5 i Limited (M5) Wagon
Pros: Symmetrical AWD and better than expected actual mpg
Cons: Basic Outback not available in white
Advice: Don't believe EPA -- use on-board computer intantaneous mileage on test drive when comparingApplies to 2007 Basic Outback: Over 26 actual combined mpg per on-board computer, verified by manual calculation when refilling. Dealer indicates Subaru is negotiating for hybrid drive rights. Can't wait for a hybrid Basic Outback; it may rival our Prius for mpg in a larger, better handling, safer car. (Prius is only getting 40 mpg combined, well below EPA). Impressed with the engineering of the symmetrical AWD system. Cost of Prius and Basic Outback nearly identical. Cons: Basic Outback not available in white; gas fill on right instead of left side; no internal release lever for tail door and no keylock on passenger side (designed for FOB operation, but FOB is too fat for my keychain). Off-road suspension sacrifices ride comfort (for comfort get a Legacy wagon -- same as Outback except with lower-riding, smoother suspension).