By James Bergeron

Photo Gallery:
2010 Subaru Legacy

Day 1:

2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited
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Last week we went backwards in time, to a world where things were lighter and smaller. This week, it’s back to the normal, larger-than-before mantra of car makers these days, with the all-new for 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited. According to Subaru, this is the roomiest Legacy ever and is more comfortable, quiet and refined than the previous generation.

Available in three levels of performance (starting at $23,995), the new 2010 Legacy offers the Legacy 2.5i and PZEV trims, which are powered by a 170-hp 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine. A new, fully synchronized six-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2.5i, while the new Lineartronic CVT is standard on the PZEV and optional on the 2.5i, and this is how my tester is equipped.

2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited
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Also available is the 2.5GT model, powered by a 265-hp turbocharged engine available only with the 6-speed manual, and the 3.6R, a 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer producing 256-hp, available exclusively with a 5-speed automatic transmission with sportshift.

Every time Subaru comes out with a new design, it offers more and more sophistication than the previous one as the company moves further away from being a quirky, niche brand to a mainstream one whose goals are to offer fun and safety in an enticing package. The Legacy comes equipped as standard with ABS, VDC and, of course, all-wheel drive as all Subarus are.

Standard interior features are what you would expect from a mid-sized sedan these days. My tester, being a Limited model, adds a few goodies such as: power moonroof, heated leather seating with 10-way power adjustment, wood trim, eight-channel Harmon Kardon stereo system (nine speakers), voice activated Bluetooth hands free and automatic dual-zone climate control.

2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $31,995

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