The wide-ranging Legacy, Subaru’s flagship car, was first introduced in 1990. More recently, however, the Legacy has been overshadowed by more powerful and luxurious wagons and sedans. A full redesign in 2005, along with an updated engine and a number of other improvements, helped to keep the Subaru Legacy from falling too far behind the rest of the pack.
The 2006 Subaru Legacy is offered as both a sedan and a wagon with a wide selection of trim levels. The sedan is better equipped to tackle wintry conditions than competitors like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, but with relatively little else to offer. The 2006 Subaru Legacy wagon has long been considered a cheaper alternative to more powerful and luxurious options like the VW Passat, although more recent improvements have upped its appeal.
Body Styles: Sedan, Wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Legacy 2.5i, Legacy 2.5i Special Edition, Legacy 2.5i Limited, Legacy 2.5 GT Limited, Legacy 2.5 GT Spec B.
A number of further updates for 2006 build on the Legacy’s full makeover the year before. The car’s normally-aspirated engine receives a boost in horsepower and torque, thanks to a new variable valve lift system. The old 2.5 GT trim is no longer available, making the slightly more expensive GT Limited the next step up from the 2.5i trims. 2006 also sees the introduction of the new Spec B model of the GT Limited sedan, which includes 18-inch wheels and a more solid suspension for sportier performance. The base 2.5i sedans and wagon now include as standard equipment: larger wheels, tighter brakes, an air filtration system, and an engine immobilizer. Also worth noting is the manual gearbox, which is no longer offered with the GT wagon.
Both the 2006 Subaru Legacy wagon and sedan models are pretty typical in terms of exterior appearance. This car is not designed to draw attention, and it’s not setting any new trends for style. But with a cool palette of paint options and a smooth, generally appealing profile, consumers may find it hard to dislike the 2006 Subaru Legacy’s look.
All 2006 Subaru Legacy standard exterior features include a front air dam, alloy wheels, interval wipers, and a rear window defogger. Fog lights are included on the 2.5i Limited and GT Limited, while a rear spoiler, mud guards, and electrochromic mirrors are optional with all trim packages.
While the Subaru Legacy has never been known for its luxury, the 2006 model does offer a higher level of style and design than the public has seen in the past. The car’s refreshed cockpit, though nothing cutting-edge, is one of the most appealing in its price range. The dashboard design is symmetrical and easy to navigate, while faux aluminum trim and leather seats in the 2.5i Limited and GT Limited trims add a touch of luxury. Few standard accessories are available in the base 2.5i, such as powered and heated seats, a CD changer, and a moon roof; they are only available with the higher trim levels. Material quality is high, though, and overall, the cabin is comfortable and relatively spacious.
Performance & Handling
Both the 2006 Subaru Legacy sedan and wagon are offered in four trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition, 2.5i Limited Edition, and the 2.5 GT Limited; the sedan is also available with the 2.5 GT Limited Spec B trim. Each upgraded model offers a selection of accessories and technological upgrades. 2006 also brings a fresh round of improvements to each trim package with a new engine and a handful of power and safety upgrades.
All 2006 Subaru Legacy models are powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with the 2.5 GT Limited’s turbocharged engine providing greater horsepower and torque. As with all Subaru vehicles, all-wheel drive (AWD) is a standard offering in all models. With the confidence of AWD, the 2006 Subaru Legacy provides a smooth, secure ride with overall good handling. Drivers looking for more powerful acceleration and performance will want to opt for the turbocharged GT.
One notable 2006 Subaru Legacy drawback is the lack of stability control. Other than this, a thorough range of safety equipment is offered. Front side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard with all trims, along with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution. Dynamic whiplash protection is provided by the front head restraints. The 2006 Subaru Legacy receives top scores across the board for both frontal and side impact crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
EPA Fuel Economy
Legacy 2.5i: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Legacy 2.5i Special Edition: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Legacy 2.5i Limited: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Legacy 2.5 GT Limited sedan: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Legacy 2.5 GT Limited wagon: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Legacy 2.5 GT Spec B: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Long list of standard equipment
- High-quality construction
- Great handling
You Won't Like
- No stability control
- No navigation system in the wagon
- No manual gearbox on GT wagon
Offers a decent driving experience for its price.
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