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06-01-2010, 07:47 PM
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2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

Our 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT (http://www.autoblog.com/model/legacy) long-termer has over 4,000 thousand miles on it now, and it's broken in nicely. The six-speed cable shifter has freed up nominally (it's still a bit notchy), and the turbocharged flat-four is singing as sweetly as ever.

As we mentioned earlier (http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/14/subaru-announces-pricing-and-tweaks-to-2011-outback-legacy-mode/), we're pleased to note that Subaru has already begun making some nominal tweaks to the 2.5GT to make it a bit more special, particularly in the area of cabin furnishings. We find the interior to be a pretty comfortable - and hugely roomy - place to be, but for the range's dedicated performance model, the 2010 iteration just isn't adequately differentiated from other models in the series. Thanks to a slew of minor changes, the 2011 model's interior promises visuals that are more in keeping with the 2.5GT's sporting temperament.

Oh - another word about those front seats. We've taken a few longer drives over the past month, and while they're still very comfortable, the lower seat cushions are quite short and we can't help but wonder if this would become a problem for taller folks. We're going to try to cajole some of our lankier friends into taking a few long drives with us and see how they come down. Either way, we do wish that the GT would rank model-specific seats with significantly more lateral bolstering for the twisties. No such issues with the rear seats - knee, leg and toe room is epic, as is headroom.


2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: May 2010

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2010/05/30subaru25gtlongtermintro-cruise_thumbnail.jpg (http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/24/2010-subaru-legacy-2-5gt-switchgear-tis-a-gift-to-be-simple/) Simple switchgear a welcome trait (http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/24/2010-subaru-legacy-2-5gt-switchgear-tis-a-gift-to-be-simple/) There's a lot to be said for simplicity over unnecessary complication.


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Click here (http://www.autoblog.com/model/legacy) for all updates.


One other thing we've noticed is that not only are the Legacy's seats comfortable, the ride is extremely forgiving, even on 18-inch Bridgestone summer rubber. The 2.5GT has a surprisingly pliant sort of long-travel feel to it, which has proven to be an asset on the broken roads here in the Midwest. There might be a bit more lean in hard cornering as a consequence, but the tuning seems to mesh nicely with the idea of Subaru's rally heritage - we can see getting our Scandy-flick on and catching air on modest jumps with few issues in this thing. We plan to have the Legacy live out in California for a few months later this year, where our man Lavrinc will tell us if this somewhat softish feeling is a liability on the state's well-groomed curvy roads. For now, however, it's a pleasure, making short work of Detroit's broken streets.

In the meantime, our Subie continues to win friends on the streets and with family members, some of whom haven't encountered a modern product from Fuji Heavy. We've had a surprising number of unsolicited compliments curbside and at gas stations, and we're growing used to the design ourselves - those big fenders (purportedly to emphasize the car's all-wheel drive nature) now almost look like they're part of a sporty body kit to us - in a good way - and the deep maroon paint hides the car's size, while the finish appears to be of uniformly high quality.

CLICK HERE (http://www.autoblog.com/model/legacy) to check out all updates for our long-term 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT.


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