By James Bergeron

Day 1:

2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Sedan
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This week I’m having a little déjà vu action. I drove the Legacy 2.5GT Spec B not too long ago — back in January, actually, and the Legacy GT SportWagon back in November of last year. Those were 2007 models,though; this week, I have the new 2008 Legacy 2.5GT Sedan. The déjà vu might be partly due to colour of my tester and interior trim, as they are identical.

I have been doing this (reviewing vehicles) long enough now that the déjà vu feeling may be more prevalent, but now comes a time were I can compare year-to-year model changes since I had the luxury to drive last year’s offering.

2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Sedan
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Although Subaru will tell you this model is all-new and exciting, not that much has changed — including the price, as it carries over from the 2007 model year.

The front fascia of the 2008 Legacy is changed, although you may be a little hard-pressed to tell the difference without a back-to-back comparison. The headlights are more aggressive, with a larger, open grill area sporting a bigger emblem, and larger “wings” inside the grill.

New features on the inside include stability control for the automatic GT model; in 2007, this was only offered with the upgraded Spec.B package. Other additions include: telescopic steering wheel, paddle shifters on the steering column (replacing buttons on the wheel), a new steering wheel layout including with wheel-mounted cruise control (instead of a stalk), audio controls and a SI-Drive control.

The GT is powered by a 2.5litre turbo-charged engine producing 243hp and 241 lb-ft of torque. My tester is mated to the five speed automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT™ technology.

2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Sedan
MSRP as tested: $41,795

For more information on Subaru and the Legacy visit Subaru Canada

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