Having introduced the latest-generation Legacy in 2005, Subaru continues to refine the Legacy lineup for 2006, adding a new model, increased performance, and new feature content. The Legacy 2.5i and 2.5i Limited models receive a fresh four-cylinder engine that now boasts 175 hp, as well as 17-inch wheels, and Legacy 2.5i Limited models now feature a standard 4-speed automatic transmission with Sportshift control. There's a new limited-edition model: the 2.5 GT spec.B Sedan that features an exclusive Bilstein Sport Suspension with inverted front struts and aluminum suspension components, 18-inch alloy wheels, a standard navigation system, aerodynamic side ground-effect molding, exclusive Titanium Silver Metallic exterior color and Brick Red leather-trimmed seating, an upgraded premium audio system with MP3 capability, aluminum alloy pedal covers, and three-spoke MOMO-brand steering wheel with integrated audio controls. Additionally, a new 2.5i Special Edition Sedan and Wagon debuts, with a standard power moonroof (dual panel on wagon) and eight-way power driver's seat. Finally, a new navigation system is available on the 2.5 GT Limited models, and all Legacys receive in-cabin air filtration.
Subaru's midsize Legacy sedan and wagon has been a mainstay in the automaker's lineup since 1989, and is favored by those living in the Snow Belt for its sure-footedness in inclement weather. The 2006 Legacy comes in wagon or sedan body styles and five trim levels. Two powertrains are offered: a normally aspirated, 2.5L, horizontally opposed four cylinder developing 175 hp (Legacy 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition, and 2.5i Limited), and a turbocharged version of the same H-4 producing 250 hp (Legacy 2.5 GT Limited and 2.5 GT spec.B). Legacy 2.5i, GT sedan, and GT spec.B models come with a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 4-speed automatic optionally available (except on spec.B). All other Legacy models come with a 4- or 5-speed automatic standard. Safety features include dual front air bags with driver's-seat position sensor and front-passenger-seat occupant detector, side-impact air bags, seat belt pre-tensioners, ABS-assisted brakes, and daytime running lights.
Key standard features on 2.5i models include an eight-way power driver's seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 120-watt AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and six speakers, air conditioning with an air filtration system, carpeted floor mats, a combination digital clock/trip computer including outside temperature display, cruise control, power windows with driver's auto-down, and illuminated window switches. Legacy 2.5i Limited adds four-stage heated front seats, an AM/FM stereo with 6-disc, in-dash CD changer, dual-zone automatic climate control, a front-passenger seatback pocket, heated exterior mirrors, leather-trimmed upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, parking brake handle and shifter handle, projector-beam halogen fog lights, a windshield shade band, and a windshield wiper de-icer.
Opting for the Legacy GT nets a 5-speed automatic transmission (optional on the sedan, standard on the wagon), body-color dual foldable exterior power mirrors with integrated turn signals, a functional hood scoop, an underbody cover, aluminum front- and rear-door sill plate covers, an aluminum rear gate sill plate cover (wagon), titanium metallic interior trim with a wood-grain-patterned insert, a four-way power passenger seat with lumbar support, and performance-design front seats. The GT spec.B sedan adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a three-spoke MOMO leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, an aerodynamic side ground effects molding with chrome trim, aluminum suspension components, aluminum-alloy pedal covers including a footrest, a Bilstein Sport Suspension, Brick Red leather upholstery, spec.B floormats, a DVD-based navigation system, Titanium Silver metallic paint, and an upgraded audio system with MP3 capability.
The Legacy competes in the Midsize Conventional segment, a group of 19 mainstream models that includes the best-selling car models in the U.S. Buyers in this segment look for value and modern safety features in a midsize package.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the segment leader for 2005 was the Toyota Camry with 376,803 sales, followed by the Honda Accord (369,293 units sold), Nissan Altima (255,371), and Chevrolet Malibu (245,861). The Legacy (including Outback) ranked ninth in segment sales for calendar year 2005, with 87,788 units sold. Other top sellers in the segment include the Ford Taurus, Hyundai Sonata, Pontiac G6, Buick LaCrosse, and Chrysler Sebring Sedan and Convertible.
|2.5 i (M5)||5 speed manual||$22,695||168-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||22/29|
|2.5 i Limited (A4)||4 speed automatic||$26,495||168-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||23/30|
|2.5 GT Limited w/Taupe Interior (A5)||5 speed automatic||$31,195||250-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||19/25|