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2011 Subaru Legacy Walk Around

The Subaru Legacy profile is sleek and the roofline is coupe-like. In front, Subaru's badge of stars is ringed by a chrome grille. Character lines arc from the grille and form power bulges on the hood and taper upward to the A-pillar.

Aggressive wheel arches and edged flares are enhanced by handsome alloy wheels.

There's a short rear deck with squared-off rear valances (smooth and not boxy), part of the standard aero package, giving an impression of size. However, the Legacy looks a bit odd in profile when you study it, slightly platypus-like, with its long rounded nose.

On the 2.5GT, a prominent hood scoop sucks in air and tunnels it to the turbocharger intercooler. Along with the 18-inch wheels with wide-profile tires and twin-tip exhaust, it's clear that the GT means business.

The Legacy's rigid chassis uses a fully reinforced cage of high-strength steel. Fluid engine mounts help reduce noise.

Interior

We found the front bucket seats wonderfully comfortable. The rear seats, especially in perforated leather, fit as nicely as the fronts, with a scalloped seatback that gives more knee room.

The trunk space measures 14.7 cubic feet, which is large enough for four sets of golf clubs. Gas strut supports, no intrusion into trunk space: quality detail, for such an affordable midsize car. Typical for Subaru.

The Legacy is very quiet inside (both four-cylinder and six-cylinder but especially the six-cylinder), thanks to a number of things, such as framed door glass and double sealing of all four doors. The rear doors allow for easy entry and exit.

Interior materials are high quality all around. The center console offers plenty of space and features a standard electric parking brake, which includes the Hill Holder system that lasts until the car accelerates (not just a couple seconds as in the previous generation). The four-gauge instrument panel is clean and stylish, with a multi-information display standard. The controls on the center stack are all well done. The electronically controlled HVAC system offers powerful and quiet air conditioning and optional dual zone control. The three-spoke steering wheel isn't as handsome as the rest of the interior, although the optional leather wrap is nice. The ambient lighting for the console is pleasant. Visibility in all directions is good.

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