I bought a 2005 Subaru WRX and it was not big enough. I upgraded to a 2006 Legacy GT and am amazed at this car. As far as performance, the only car that I test drove that was better was the 3 series BMW (330xi or 325xi I can’t remember what I test drove). It was only marginally better around corners and had nearly identical acceleration. However for $41,000, the BMW is no value. For around $30,000, the Legacy GT is an unbeatable value. I drove Acura’s TL, TSX, Lexus ES 330, and the Volkswagen Passat. The Acura TL was the only car I seriously considered as competition.
The leather interior is outstanding. The buttons are easy to find and are large. The driving seat is comfortable. There are two places to store things under the dash and a net behind the passenger seat. The trunk is big, not huge, but big enough.
The largest drawback of this car is the premium fuel requirement. Some other minor drawbacks to this care are that glove box is hard to close, the steering wheel does not telescope, there is no satellite radio option, the back seat is small if you are taller than 5’ 10”, and the back seat does not fold down.
Consumer Reports said that the gas mileage was horrible in the 2005 Legacy GT. I think they drove the automatic. I have a 5-speed manual and I get 19 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway which is not too bad since most of my driving is on the highway. I drove a GT loaner with a 5-speed automatic and it burned fuel like it was going out of style. After driving the Legacy GT with the automatic slightly over 400 miles I had to fill it up twice. I was getting about 13 MPG in the city and 18 on the highway. If you are extremely gas conscious purchase the manual transmission or consider buying another car.
I hope I can cruise around in this car for 250,000 miles. Before my 2005 WRX I owned a 1996 Volvo 850.
I have a 2005 Outback XT 2.5 Turbo automatic. I get 20 mpg in mixed driving, far better than the 13 - 18 mpg the reviewer mentioned. I drive hard too so the mileage isn't great, but it's not that bad. Fabulous engine by the way.
That's funny, I thought I was the only one having trouble closing the glove box door. I second all the above comments about value & performance. I have a '06 GT Limited manual. One further thing about gas mileage: now that I'm over 5,000 miles and she feels pretty broken in, I've tried a few tanks of 89-octane gas. There's a small but definite drop in power, but also a rise in gas mileage (from an average of 23.5 to about 25 the last 2 weeks... while running the AC almost every day). So, if you're not needing peak performance, I think 89 will be OK as long as you mix in a tankful of 91 every month or 2.
I own a 05' legacy 2.5 GT and too have noticed a problem closing the glove box door, but only when things get in the way of the latch. Watch for that and happy motoring!!
I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy G.T. and as of now it has 19500 miles on it, this is the second winter I ve owned this car and and I love it, how come Bimmers do not want to race? O.K. winter is almost over and the 24 hours of sun is on the way, so now comes more dry pavement testing and Salmon fishing,the fast runs to the Russian River on the Kenai Peninsula and back loaded with Salmon. Subaru, 24 hours of Alaskan sun, Salmon fishing, and the Kenai Peninsula.Loving every minute of it.
I am looking at a 2005 Legacy GT. It has 60,000 miles. A little more than I am looking for. They are asking $16,000 that is about what Blue Book says its worth. Anyone think I should hold out and find one with less miles?
I recently just bought a 05 Legacy GT LTD and it has about 30k on it. Does anyone recommend a high performance tire that is still good in the snow? oh...also, this car is FAST!
I had a 2004 Subaru Forester with the naturally aspirated engine, and kept it right up to 100,000 miles, and recently traded it in for a used 2006 Subaru Legacy GT with 40,000 miles on it. All I can say, having it for the first 2 weeks, I absolutely love it!
The performance with the 2.5 turbocharged H4 engine is thrilling, and nothing else I have experienced out of a turbocharged 4-cylinder, it has plenty and more than enough power to get down the road. The GT handles like it's on rails, for the amount of horsepower and performance you get in this car is really reasonable.
Everything on the car is wonderful, but the only complaint I have is with the front seats. Me being a little shy over 6'1", I just wished the seat would move back a little more and it would be fine. But why should that matter, it's a sports sedan! Overall the GT is an awesome car.