|What does the Subaru logo represent?|
| The cluster of six stars, which the Greeks
referred to as Pleiades, is part of the Taurus constellation.
In 1953, five Japanese companies merged to form Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., parent company of Subaru of America, Inc. The new corporation adopted the 'Subaru' cluster of stars as its official logo for its line of automobiles. Since that time, the star cluster has come to represent quality, innovation, and reliability to a constellation of Subaru owners world-wide.
2005 Subaru Legacy - Overview (Spec-B below)
|2005 Subaru Legacy
Base price: $20,995 - $32,695
Engine: 2.5-liter SOHC flat four, 168 hp; 2.5-liter DOHC turbo flat four, 250 hp
Transmission: Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, all-wheel drive; five-speed automatic (GT)
Length x width x height: 186.2 (188.7 wagon) x 68.1 x 56.1 in (58.1 wagon)
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Curb weight: 3365-3630 lb
Fuel economy (EPA city/hwy): 23/30 mpg (manual w/base engine)
Safety equipment: Front airbags, anti-lock brakes
Major standard equipment: A/C, power windows/locks/mirrors, AM/FM/CD player, cruise control
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles
|After driving the all-new 2005 Subaru Legacy
I can paraphrase a quotation from former President Theodore Roosevelt:
"Walk softly and produce great vehicles." Subaru is one of those
companies that doesn't thump its chest and search out cameras like some
manufacturers. Rather, it lets its products do the talking, and when it
comes to their fourth-generation all-wheel-drive Legacy, talk it does.
Totally redesigned for the '05 model year, Legacy comes as a sedan or a wagon. It's refreshing to hear a manufacturer refer to this as a "wagon" instead of calling it a "crossover," "compact SUV" or some other euphemism that puts distance between some who perceive station wagons as dinosaurs. With the current fuel-price situation, a wagon connotes conservative versatility as opposed to a gas-guzzling behemoth. Besides, the Legacy is anything but the usual definition of a conservative station wagon.
|Four And Four|
|The Legacy comes in four trim levels - Legacy
2.5i, Legacy 2.5i Limited, 2.5 GT and 2.5 GT Limited. Non-GT vehicles
come equipped with a SOHC 2.5-liter flat four engine that produces 168
horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. The GT models, however, come
with a DOHC version of the same engine with an intercooled turbo, which
pumps out 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are horizontally
opposed (boxer) and sit deeper in the chassis to produce a lower center
of gravity and improved handling. There's not a thing wrong with the base
engine…if you want to drive from here to there in comfort. However,
if you want something that will make you look forward to driving from
here to there, the turbo is for you.
I was afforded the opportunity to put the Legacy through its paces on a variety of straight roads, curvy and twisty mountain highways, various elevations and even some roads that were rain and snow-soaked. The Legacy barely noticed the difference.
|One thing I particularly noted was the lack
of body sway around curves. Those prone to motion sickness, especially
in the passenger seat, will be delighted that head-toss is negligible.
Another thing I liked is the feeling that this vehicle can get out of its own way. Often times I get the feeling that some manufacturers have burned themselves out creating a great environment to sit in, and a nice-looking design to be proud of, but the power was sacrificed for the design. Not so with the Legacy. There's sufficient low-end torque in both engines to save you from developing carpal-tunnel syndrome from excess gear shifting. However, I found myself wanting to constantly shift gears because Subaru has lengthened the gearshift lever so now it feels like you're holding a comfortable walking stick.
|Trim Levels Defined|
|As mentioned, there are four trim levels. Key
standard features of the Legacy 2.5i include 16" aluminum-alloy wheels,
daytime running lights, headrests for all rear seating positions (height
adjustable for the end positions), remote keyless entry and security systems,
4-beam multi-reflector halogen headlights, rear-gate spoiler (wagon),
roof rails on the wagon (low-profile with black finish), 12-volt center
console power outlet, a 120-watt AM/FM/stereo system with single-disc
CD player and 6 speakers, dual front cupholders in the console and dual
retractable cupholders in the rear, headline auto-off with ignition switch,
Tweed flat-woven cloth upholstery and the usual array of power convenience
items (windows, door locks, cruise control, etc.).
The Legacy 2.5i Limited adds larger front brake rotors, eight-way power driver's seat, an All-Weather Package (including four-stage heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), an AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer and six speakers, dual-panel power moonroof (wagon), a single-panel power moonroof (sedan), dual-zone automatic climate control, projector-beam halogen fog lights, and leather throughout, including the upholstery, parking brake handle and shifter handle (not to mention the leather-wrapped steering wheel).
|Moving up the trim-level ladder, the Legacy
2.5 GT adds 17" alloy wheels, all-season tires, body-color dual foldable
exterior power mirrors with integrated turn signals, a functional hood
scoop (providing air to the intercooler), Tweed flat-woven cloth upholstery,
electroluminescent instrumentation, a MOMO brand leather-wrapped steering
wheel, SPORTSHIFT controls integrated on steering wheel (with the optional
five-speed automatic transmission), no moonroof and no power driver's
Finally, the Legacy 2.5 GT Limited adds perforated taupe/charcoal leather-trimmed upholstery, eight-way power driver's seat, four-way power passenger seat with lumbar support, single-panel moonroof (sedan), or a dual-panel power moonroof (wagon).
|Inside and out|
|The interior of the Legacy is roomy and upgraded.
Subaru went to great lengths to ensure the redesigned interior used high-quality
materials. A large center panel and ergonomically-congenial instrument
panel enhance the driving experience. Wheelbase for both the sedan and
wagon is 105.1 inches. The overall length of the sedan is 186.2 inches
and 188.7 inches for the wagon. Both vehicles have 5.9 inches ground clearance.
The cargo volume of the wagon is an adequate 66.2 cubic feet with the rear seats down (61.7 cubic feet for the Limited and GT Limited); 33.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up (32.1 cubic feet for the Limited and GT Limited). Towing capacity is 2700 pounds (200 pound tongue weight).
|Rear-seat is a 60/40 split. The new one-stage seatback provides a flat load floor without the need to lift the rear seat cushion forward. With a maximum load floor length of 73 inches and width between wheelhouses of 42.2 in you won't be able to haul a 4x8 trainboard for the kids, but if you're 6' or shorter you'll have a place to stretch out and sleep if you're camping and don't like the prospect of vermin keeping you company on the ground. (Or, if you get kicked out of the house, at least you'll have a place to "live.")|
|Safety was also a strong consideration in developing
the '05 Legacy. As good as the crash protection was on previous-generation
Legacy models, the new Legacy outdoes itself. Subaru's philosophy is to
surround occupants with a series of "rings" around the passenger
compartment that provides protection in a variety of collision types.
It's apparent that Subaru has done its homework in redesigning the 2005 Legacy. I suspect there will still be those who will profess to not hearing much about these cars…but they're going to wonder what's up with "all those neat sedans and wagons" that seem to be everywhere.
|Subaru of America, Inc. has introduced the Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B performance sedan and will offer just 500 of these special cars for model year 2006. Previously only offered in Japan and Europe, the U.S. version of the spec.B pairs the performance of the 250- horsepower intercooled turbo Boxer engine in the Legacy 2.5 GT Limited Sedan, with exclusive suspension enhancements along with unique design elements and interior features. The Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B, the newest offering from America's All-Wheel Drive leader, stands as the ultimate Subaru Legacy.|
|The Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B is available exclusively with a 5-speed manual transmission and, like all Subaru models, features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment. Like the Subaru Impreza(R) WRX(R) and WRX STI(R) models, the Legacy spec.B built a loyal following in Japan and Europe before coming to the United States. As it did with the WRX and WRX STI models, Subaru designed a version of the Legacy spec.B specially tailored for U.S. customers.|
|The Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B is quickly identified by its exclusive Titanium Silver Metallic exterior color and aerodynamic side ground-effects moldings with chrome trim. The road-hugging stance of the spec.B is further accentuated by unique 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels and 215/45 low profile performance tires that work with the suspension upgrades to deliver improved handling performance. (The standard 2.5 GT Limited Sedan features 17-inch alloy wheels.)|
More than just a pretty face : The taut suspension of the Legacy 2.5 GT Limited has been thoroughly revised for even sharper response and greater road feel in the Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B. The exclusive Bilstein Sport Suspension equips the Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B model with performance-tuned shock absorbers for flatter cornering response.
|Subaru engineers also replaced the MacPherson strut front suspension with an inverted strut configuration similar to that in the rally-bred Impreza WRX STI, including aluminum-alloy lower control arms. The multi-link rear suspension gains aluminum-alloy rear arms and upper links in place of cast- iron pieces to reduce unsprung weight (and thereby enhance handling response). Finally, the 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted with 215/45 R18 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer performance tires.|
Exclusive spec.B interior: The striking Brick Red leather trimmed upholstery highlights the unique interior styling of the Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B. The distinctive interior is further differentiated from the 2.5 GT Limited model by aluminum-alloy pedal covers, a 3-spoke MOMO(R) leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, "spec.B" floor mats and an individually numbered limited-edition plaque.
|The Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B further builds on the generous standard equipment of the 2.5 GT Limited Sedan, adding the new Subaru Navigation System and an upgraded audio system with MP3 capability. Standard features shared with the 2.5 GT Limited Sedan include dual-zone automatic climate control, performance- design front seats, power moonroof, an 8-way power driver's seat and a 4-way power passenger seat (both with 4-stage heating) and heated exterior mirrors. All Legacy models for 2006 feature, as standard equipment, Subaru Advanced Frontal Air Bag System, front seat side impact air bags, active front seat head restraints and side curtain air bags.|
Big power, confident control : The 2.5-liter intercooled turbo Boxer engine in the spec.B produces 250 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of peak torque @ 3,600 rpm. Putting the power down is the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive which, when teamed with a 5-speed manual transmission as in the Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B, employs a viscous-coupling locking center differential with a 50:50 torque split. Slippage at the front or rear wheels will transfer more power to the opposite set.
|A 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is standard on all Legacy
models. The 2.5 GT Limited and 2.5 GT spec.B models employ larger brake
rotors than other Legacy models, with ventilated rear discs in place of
Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B Basic Specifications
Engine: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder intercooled/turbocharged Boxer 250 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm / 250 lb.-ft. of peak torque @ 3,600 rpm.
Transmission: 5-speed manual
All-Wheel Drive: Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive using viscous-coupling locking center differential with 50:50 torque split
Suspension: 4-wheel independent, Bilstein Sport Suspension, aluminum-alloy front control arms and aluminum-alloy rear arms and upper link
Wheels and tires: 18 x 7-in. aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/45 R18 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer performance tires
Brakes: 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); 12.3-in. front ventilated discs and 11.3-in. rear ventilated discs
Wheelbase 105.1 in./ Length 186.2 in./ Height 56.5 in / Curb weight 3,400 lbs.(Copyright ©2006 Black Falcon Media Group)