1997 Subaru Legacy Review

1997 Subaru Legacy Review

Pros

  • SUV utility in car-like package, excellent rear leg room, better than you'd think acceleration & handling

Cons

  • High price, dull styling

What's new

Front-wheel-drive models are given the ax as Subaru returns to its all-wheel drive roots. Power and torque are up marginally with the base 2.2-liter engine. The 2.5-liter motor (also stronger this year and now available with a manual transmission) is now the only engine mated to the Outback. L models gain cruise control, antilock brakes and power door locks as standard equipment. GTs get a manual transmission, larger tires and revised styling. The Outback lineup is expanded with the introduction of a Limited model, which includes a leather interior, new alloy wheels, fresh exterior colors and wood grain interior trim.

Styles

Legacy Wagon

Legacy Sedan