2008 Subaru Legacy Overview


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2.5 GT
2.5 GT Limited
Avg. Price: $12,929
2.5 GT Spec B
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Avg. Price: $12,974
2.5 GT Wagon
2.5 i
Avg. Price: $9,179
2.5 i Limited
Avg. Price: $9,830
2.5 i Special Edition
Avg. Price: $8,975
2.5i Touring Wagon
2.5i Wagon
3.0 R Limited
Avg. Price: $12,914

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4.55 stars

Based on 26 reviews

Fast Sedan With Street Cred And The Safety To Match by peterl
 — Great family sedan for the price. It's fast and comfortable. It also has the street cred that camry's and accord's don't. It's a great fun car to drive, though fuel economy suffers greatly with a heav... Read More
This Is A Great Buy If You're Looking For Some Performance, Luxury And Awd Wrapped Up In One Package by Benjamin
 — The performance of this car off the lot is decent: it handles well despite the body roll, it accelerates great for the power it has, and the braking isn't the greatest from high speed. The build qual... Read More
Hell On Wheels, And No One Knows It. by Jason
 — So far I love this car, it is amazing. It handles and drives better then almost pretty much any car I have ever driven. The factory tires are not up t o par for the caliber of vehicle it is...THe look... Read More

2008 Subaru Legacy Overview

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2008 Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy will see several minor changes for 2008, including new instrumentation, an MP3 input jack, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The new model year will also bring some trim-level adjustments. The wagon body style has been discontinued, and a performance-oriented 3.0 R Limited style has been added.

There are six Legacy styles to choose from, including the base 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition, 2.5i Limited, 2.5 GT Limited, 2.5 GT spec B and 3.0 R Limited. Subaru's top-shelf sedan is available with three engine options, depending upon the trim. All styles badged 2.5i are powered by a 2.5-liter flat-four-cylinder engine, which generates 175 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque. These sedans can be equipped with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5 GT Legacy houses a turbocharged version of the flat-4, bumping horsepower to 243 and torque to 241 pound-feet. Buyers may select from two transmissions again, but the automatic is upgraded to a five-speed on this trim. The GT spec B features a six-speed manual. The top-of-the-line 3.0 R Limited gets a 3-liter flat six, good for 245 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. This engine is teamed with a five-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

There is considerable variation from trim to trim, with respect to features, but all 2008 Legacy models will come standard with air-conditioning, an MP3-compatible audio system with a portable device input jack, keyless entry, a trip computer and full power accessories. Mid- and upper-level trims are also eligible to receive an optional navigation system.

In the past, owners and reviewers have praised the Legacy for its controlled and forgiving ride, strong acceleration, and thoughtfully designed interior. The Subaru flagship has continued to receive the highest acclaim for safety, and the IIHS has bestowed its high honors on the 2008 model after initial crash tests. All-wheel drive is standard on all variants. The 2.5i models offer adequate performance, but enthusiasts should consider the GT trims, for more responsive steering and agile handling, despite some turbo lag off the line.

Inside, all Legacy models offer a well-crafted cabin, despite the inclusion of some lower-grade materials. Front and rear seats are accommodating, but taller passengers may run out of headroom in the rear quarters. Many drivers have reported that the Legacy could be a bit quieter: Although the turbocharged engines are quite refined, they display noticeable rumble and wind noise at higher speeds.


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