In its 4th incarnation, the 2005 Subaru Legacy spotlights a new turbocharged engine that generates 250 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 250 pounds-feet of torque at 3600 rpm. There’s a nice snap to the 2.5 GT Legacy – thanks to that new boxer engine – and the sedan features more content amid a snazzy interior. At engine start up, the new 4-gauge cluster display shoots the pointers to the maximum positions before dropping the needles back down. It’s a nice touch that underscores Legacy’s march to become more sports oriented. Like its stable-mate the WRX STi, both vehicles share similar engines although the Legacy GT 2.5 engine uses a unique cylinder block, turbocharger and intercooler.

Legacy stretches just a bit in 2005. Wheelbase jumps from 104.3 inches to 105.1 inches, and the overall length increases about 2 inches. From a styling standpoint, the sedan’s rear glass is now slightly recessed, which helps create a better aerodynamic profile. Other new for 2005 appointments include re-designed rack and pinion steering, side curtain airbags, active front headrests, and standard 17-inch allow wheels on the Legacy GT 2.5. The Legacy’s multi-link rear suspension now attaches to a new hydro-formed steel sub-frame, which equates to added vehicle rigidity. Mile per gallon estimates for the sedan with 5-speed manual transmission (dressed with a viscous coupling locking center differential to give a 50-50 front to rear power distribution) are 19 city and 25 highway. MSRP of the Legacy all wheel drive sedan when powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is $29,651.