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2008 Subaru Legacy 3.0 R Limited Review

Not Your Average Mid-Size Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a 2008 Subaru Legacy3.0 R Limited

In short: A sporty and affordable all-wheel drive sedan.

his reasonably priced sports sedan provides a welcome relief from the flood of Camry copies that dominate the mid-size car market. Offering standard all-wheel drive, Sportshift automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and more horsepower than the similarly-priced WRX, the Legacy has enough character and charisma to set itself apart from the pack. Added to an already impressive array of performance features is a comfortable and well-appointed cabin fitted with perforated leather seats, wood trim, and a touch-screen GPS navigation system. For those looking for a unique sedan that offers both sportiness and sophistication at a good price, the Subaru Legacy 3.0 R Limited is an excellent option.

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Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; and five-year/unlimited-mile rust perforation warranty.

Base Price: $31,295 / As tested: $32,460

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, symmetrical all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

3.0-liter, 6-cylinder DOHC horizontally opposed
Horsepower: 245 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque: 215 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic with paddle shifters

Curb weight:
3,545 lbs
Wheelbase: 105.1 in
Length/Width/Height: 185/68.1/56.5 in
Turning circle: 38 ft

Brakes: all-wheel power-assisted ventilated disc with ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: all-wheel independent with Bilstein Sport Suspension

Traction: Vehicle Dynamics Control

0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (estimated)

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Smog Index:

side-curtain airbags; advanced frontal airbag system, front seat side-impact airbags; active front seat head restraints; ring-shape reinforcement frame design; tire pressure monitoring system

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