At first blush, the Subaru Legacy is a great all-around sedan, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive and affordability. Dig a bit deeper and you'll realize that's selling the Legacy short. This is a car with very few compromises, effectively blending an excellent ride, responsive handling, a roomy and quiet interior, great visibility, simple controls and easy cabin access front and rear. This all adds up to put it among the top performers in our ratings of the midsized family sedans of its day.
Sure, the Legacy doesn't set hearts racing with its nondescript looks and respectable-if-unexciting acceleration numbers. But with the best ride, strong handling and impressive braking, the Subaru topped its category in nearly every other measure of track performance.
This version of the Legacy also addressed most of our complaints with its predecessor. The car finally entered the modern era with a state-of-the-art infotainment system.