Redesigned for 2005, the Legacy GT combined a powerful turbocharged engine with sports-car agility and a comfortable ride. It's among the sportiest and most fun-to-drive in its class. The interior is quiet and hospitable. Fuel economy, however, is a paltry 18 mpg. The Legacy also has a disconcerting tendency to slide its rear end if the driver goes too fast into a corner and suddenly lifts off the accelerator.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"corners very well; great turning radius"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"Car has a sport suspension, which gives it great handling for a wagon. Acceleration is certainly very adequate with great mileage."

RONALD D., WA (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"This is the turbo-charged model. VERY powerful and responsive, but the clutch is very quick to grab, and can stall the car when moving from a stop"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"automatic gear changes are sluggish when driving uphill."

DAVID V., WV (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"Turbo is fast-responding, ideal for passing tractor trailers on mountain roads. AWD is very responsive on handing; we always come out of curves having gained on the nearest cars. Around home we use only Plus grade gasoline but on road trips use Super for the turbo."

ERIC N., MD (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"Turbo-charged engine provides excellent acceleration."

DAVID V., UT (2005 Subaru Legacy)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The car has roadster suspension, unlike the Outback, and is comfortable with great handling that makes passengers comfortable. Leather seats stand up well after 11 years. A/C does excellent job of keeping windshield clear in rain."

ERIC N., MD (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"Climate control is probably the cars weakest point. AC is mediocre and defogging is always a problem."

BRAD S., OR (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"The seats are not leather, and are manual. They are "lumpy" to sit on. The ride is bumpy."

Anonymous, ME (2005 Subaru Legacy)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Car is dependable, gets good gas mileage and causes me no trouble!!!!!!!!!!!"

M C., AZ (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"Vehicle has been relatively trouble free considering that it is now ten years old other than I did not expect to have to replace ball-joints and front-wheel linkages at the 60,000 mile point. Holes developed in the rubberized boots protecting critical components, but because of labor costs, it makes more economic sense to replace whole assemblies that just the boots covering the joints."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"It annoys me that I am restricted to Subaru only manufactured parts. That there are no after-market parts available. It leads me to believe there I am paying a higher price relative to other similar cars on the market. Every maintenance and repair issue is extremely expensive - more than necessary, in my experience."

KAREN J., TX (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"The car is cheap to run. $50 a year for survice. It does not break down."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"i HAVE OWNED MANY CARS IN MY LIFETIME AND MY 2005 SUBARU LEGACY WAGON IS BY FAR THE MOST DEPENDABLE AND COST EFFECTIVE VEHICLE ON THE MARKET."

Anonymous, QC (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"Best driving car I've ever driven."

Anonymous, MN (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"Only negative about this car is poor mileage."

COURTNEY N., ME (2005 Subaru Legacy)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"People has told me how good the car looks."

M C., AZ (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"THE 2005 SUBARU LEGACY WAGON WAS THE BEST STYLING DESIGN SUBARU HAS PUT OUT. IT WAS DISAPPOINTING THAT THEY DISCONTINUED SELLING THE LEGACY WAGON IN NORTH AMERICA IN 2010."

Anonymous, QC (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"The small wagon is a wonderful compromise between good looks, small size, but room for cargo. We're disappointed that Subaru no longer makes a wagon this size."

N C., CA (2005 Subaru Legacy)

"This is the best-looking car of any type that Subaru has ever built"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Subaru Legacy)
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