2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan
2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan. Click image to enlarge


Review and photos by Jim Kerr

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It was sunny when I picked up the car at the airport but the forecast was for rain and temperatures around freezing: not the weather to enjoy a few days driving, unless of course you happen to be in a 2007 Subaru Legacy with all wheel drive. Subaru all-wheel drive systems have been proven time and time again in World Rally Championship racing.

The 2007 Legacy is available in sedan and wagon configurations, with base pricing on the Legacy 2.5i model starting at $26,995. We were driving a little more upscale, in a Legacy GT sedan, equipped with a turbocharged engine and SI Drive – Subaru Intelligent Drive.

Most Legacy models have a 175-horsepower 2.5-litre flat four-cylinder engine. This boxer engine has two cylinders out each side of the crankcase and the low centre of gravity enhances the all-wheel drive handling capabilities. Move up to the GT model and the engine still has the same 2.5-litre displacement but has several internal changes to accommodate an intercooled turbocharger and 243 horsepower. The turbo adds a lot of low-end punch with maximum torque coming in at only 3600 rpm – although when driving it, it feels strong almost all the way from idle with only the slightest lag right off the start.

2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan
2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan
2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan. Click image to enlarge

SI Drive, another Legacy GT feature, is controlled by a knob on the console which lets the driver select from three drive modes, each with different performance characteristics. ‘Intelligent’ mode is best for low speed traffic conditions and improves fuel economy. ‘Sport’ mode is best for most
driving and provides improved throttle response. ‘Sport Sharp’ mode is the most aggressive. Each selection modifies the engine’s variable valve timing and electronic throttle response to change the driving fun. A dash display shows the mode changes in graph form, although you don’t need to look down to change the mode.

The rest of the Legacy GT powertrain is also slightly different from other Legacy models. Most come with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. If you choose the automatic, the power is distributed through an electronically controlled multi-plate transfer
clutch in the transfer case. Manual transmission models get a viscous coupling in the transfer case instead. The GT comes with a five-speed manual as standard equipment. Our vehicle came with the optional ($1500) five-speed automatic transmission, electronically locking centre differential in the transfer case and a viscous limited-slip rear axle. It sounds kind of complicated, but the drive systems have proven bulletproof.

2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan
2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan. Click image to enlarge

Sharp drivers might notice the slight change in handling characteristics. The four-speed automatic models have a 60/40 torque bias towards the front wheels and change to a 50/50 torque split when traction is limited. The GT model has variable torque split that changes to 45/55 front to rear when the transmission is placed in sport shift mode. Again, the torque changes to 50/50 under limited traction. The rear torque bias of the GT gives it a more sporty feel, especially on gravel roads.

2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan
2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan
2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT wagon (top; photo by Chris Chase) and sedan (bottom). Click image to enlarge

The Legacy GT is much more than just superb traction. Inside, perforated leather seating with seat heaters and power adjustment for front passengers provide a comfortable seating position. Seat side bolsters feel as good on long drives as they do on a winding road. There is ample
room up front, but with the front seat adjusted for a tall driver, rear seat legroom is snug. The trunk is large, with 323 litres of space and a 60/40 split rear seat that can be folded for more room. The GT is also available as a wagon if you wish to carry more cargo.

Automatic climate control, power windows, heated mirrors and a moonroof are all standard equipment, as is cruise control, ABS brakes and front, side and side curtain airbags. The interior is attractive, quiet and comfortable. It may sound silly, but the Legacy GT
makes you feel like an integral part of the vehicle instead of someone just sitting in the driver’s seat. There is lots of room up front but it is a personal space and the car becomes an extension of your actions. There are not many vehicles on the road that make me feel that way.

2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan
2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT sedan. Click image to enlarge

Outside, the 17-inch alloy wheels, functional hood scoop, fog lights, twin exhaust pipes and integrated rear spoiler make the car as fun to look at as it is to drive. The Legacy is a four-door sedan but the body definitely has a sporty flair. The Obsidian Black Pearl exterior colour
was one of my favourites.

Oh, about that drive in the rain – it poured. Fortunately, the ice and snow never materialised. Nevertheless, I was comforted by the traction and handling ability of the Legacy GT as I wound my way through rain and heavy traffic on the way back to the airport. I didn’t miss the plane home.


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