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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Car Buying, Wagon
#5 of 34 Re: WRX vs Leg.GT [aaykay]
Nov 11, 2006 (2:53 pm)
As a LGT wagon owner I'm going to be biased, but part of the appeal of the LGT to it's buyers is the stealth look. To the untrained eye, it looks like a regular Legacy wagon which is what I absolutely love about the vehicle. I personally don't want the attention WRXs sometimes get from the boy-racer crowd. I also get the nicer appointments (as you mentioned) not to mention a better powertrain with the slightly larger VF40 turbo and 5EAT.
Honestly, I think if your criteria are:
-Sub 30K street price
Then the LGT wagon is going to be your better bet for everyday driving. If you were going to autocross, then sure the WRX would be a better choice, but then again you probably would want to opt for the 5MT instead.
Another way to think about it -- you can make a LGT wagon look more "racy" by upgrading the wheels and doing some exterior modifications. However, that same amount of money is not going to buy you a 5EAT and other hardware on a WRX.
#6 of 34 Re: WRX vs Leg.GT [kens]
Nov 11, 2006 (8:47 pm)
Again, agree completely about the unobstrusive nature of the LGT. A bit too tame however.
The below link shows a gentlemanly specimen too, but looks gorgeous...can't ignore this, even though roof-rails would have completed the look of the practical wagon. This should have been how the LGT should have been all along (click on those photos and they will enlarge).
However, there should be some end of the year rebates. Let us see how generous those are. Either way, it looks like I need to special order to receive either of these cars. They are so "rare".
#7 of 34 turbo and insurance
Nov 13, 2006 (1:37 am)
just wondering, at what rpm will the turbo kicks in for both wrx and gt legacy? i know they are AWD and will be great when rain or snow, but with turbo, would that be changed? and as far as insurance wise, which would be lower? thanks.
#8 of 34 Re: turbo and insurance [wind321852]
Nov 16, 2006 (8:32 am)
I felt boost at around 2800rpm on the EJ257. You need a load for boost to build, so there is a tiny bit of throttle lag.
To be honest, with a manual transmission you don't notice any lag at all. With an auto, just a tad.
#9 of 34 Turbo + Auto
Nov 16, 2006 (10:39 pm)
Personally, I'm not a big fan of the turbos with the AT transes. I find it too hard to get into the boost on an AT subie, maybe I'm just used to driving an MT and all my ATs are large displacement engines that have grunt from down at 500rpms...
#10 of 34 Re: Turbo + Auto [paisan]
Nov 17, 2006 (8:27 am)
Hop over to the Acura RDX thread, we're discussing that EXACT topic right now. Share your track experience if you would.
#11 of 34 Re: WRX vs Leg.GT [aaykay]
Dec 04, 2006 (12:19 pm)
I know I'm coming to this discussion a little late, but I can't help but weigh in since I've encountered a similar dilemma recently.
Unlike you, I favor sedans, and up until recently, I thought I wanted a manual transmission. But otherwise, our choices were similar. I ended up with the WRX, and I wish I'd gone with the Legacy GT.
I have the 2006 WRX Limited sedan, 5MT. I had a 2000 Maxima previously. I don't know what you're used to driving, but the Impreza line just feels cheap to me, compared to the Maxima, and I underestimated how much that would bother me on a day-to-day basis. It also had interior rattles from day 1.
Subaru's midsize platform is waaaaayyy nicer than the Impreza platform. The Subaru dealership gave me an Outback wagon as a loaner when I had my car in for service, and I was blown away by the car's level of comfort and refinement (and complete lack of rattles, just like my Maxima). I also liked the auto's manual mode: unlike some others, it doesn't defeat its own purpose by thinking for you. The auto available on the WRX doesn't even have a manual mode.
Considering the Legacy basically has the same interior as the Outback, I wish I had gone with the Legacy GT sedan with automatic and navigation (which isn't even available on Impreza).
Although the press seems to disagree, I agree that the WRX looks good, especially the front end. But the back end is still a little odd, and the car looks strange to me in profile. I like the Legacy sedan's rear-end treatment. Of course, styling is subjective, and the wagon is another story anyway.
On another note, the Legacy's sound system is drastically better. I'm not sure why -- the wattage is about the same -- but it sounds significantly more powerful and full.
But as you say, a new Impreza is coming out soon, so who knows what to expect.
#12 of 34 Re: WRX vs Leg.GT [nightvzn]
Dec 05, 2006 (6:16 pm)
Interesting write up. The Legacy/OB does have significantly more sound dampening compared to the Impreza/Forester line. Perhaps that can explain why the stereo sounded much better. The two lines are targeted at different market segments. With the Legacy GT you get performance and refinement -- a balance I really love.
If you liked the OB with 4-speed auto, you'll really like the 5-speed auto offered on the GT and upscale OB models.
#13 of 34 Re: WRX vs Leg.GT [kens]
Dec 05, 2006 (6:27 pm)
Somebody told me that watts alone are not really that great a measure of a stereo's power. I don't remember the details of the discussion. He was implying that even though the Legacy's sound system is rated the same (watts), it could still be substantially better. But the improved sound dampening of the Legacy/Outback certainly doesn't hurt.
I think I'm on the same wavelength as you -- unfortunately, I had to make a purchase and live with it for a while to realize my preference towards a little more refinement with my performance. Oh well. Next time.
#14 of 34 Re: WRX vs Leg.GT [kens]
Dec 06, 2006 (3:12 pm)
That's the only regret I have with my WRX Limited. It's just waaay too noisy. I'm hoping that will be addressed with the '08 model.
What I would love to see is that the WRX Limited and STI Limited to get sound deadening equal to that found in the Legacy/Outback.
Note that I said "Limited" models, as they are a different customer, and want that extra Legacy-like comfort, but in a smaller more nimble chassis.