We drove a top-of-the-line Legacy 3.6R Limited. Limited models have a number of outstanding comfort/convenience features that set them apart. They include power front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, woodgrain patterned accent trim, standard 440-watt harman/kardon®1 premium audio system with 6-disc in-dash CD changer, standard Bluetooth®2 wireless phone capability, and dual-zone automatic digital climate control. Our car also had the optional touch-screen navigation system.
The Legacy 6-cylinder engine develops 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is a 5-speed adaptive electronic SPORTSHIFT®3 automatic.
The weekend's routes took us into New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, and Connecticut. Throughout the course of our travels, we drove on interstates and two-lane highways, paved rural country roads, city streets, and gravel roads. Some were clear and dry, while others had snow, road salt, and sand. By the time we finished, the cars were caked in dirt.
Some of the land we crossed was flat – part of the floodplain near the ocean. But we also encountered hills, mountains, and valleys where the roads twisted and turned, took steep dives and climbs, and were surrounded by considerable snow and ice. We also drove through a storm that had snow, slush, and rain.
That's what we Subaru drivers wanted!
The Legacy 3.6R Limited took it all in stride. It was never overwhelmed by the conditions. In fact, we passed the time in considerable comfort, enjoying the heated seats and individually set temperatures for each side of the car. The Legacy proved hospitable and quiet. In addition, it exuded a high level of quality all around – from design to assembly to its features.
1 harman/kardon is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.
2 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
3 SPORTSHIFT is a registered trademark of Prodrive, Ltd.