2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT spec.B Road Test

2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT spec.B Road Test
2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT spec.B Road Test
by Michel Deslauriers / Auto123.com
Stiffer shocks usually mean a stiffer ride, but it's not the case here. The Bilsteins do a remarkable job and I prefer them to the GT's setup. However, the difference can pretty much only be noticed by driving the two models back-to-back.

Traction control and stability control systems are standard in the spec.B, but if you want them in the GT model, you have to opt for the 5-speed automatic transmission.

Only a well-informed eye can differentiate the spec.B from the 2.5 GT.

Subtle exterior distinction
There isn't much that distinguishes a spec.B from a standard-issue 2.5GT. There's bigger wheels, 18 inches versus 17; there's chrome trim on the lower-body side mouldings; and there's the spec.B badge slapped on the car's rump.

Good news for 2008: the choice of paint jobs available for the spec.B has doubled; yes, you now have a tough choice between two colors: Diamond Grey or Quartz Silver. This car is definitely not for those who want to draw attention.

Also, note that there is no wagon version of the spec.B. Speaking of the wagon, it's no longer available in the U.S., as they're left with the Legacy sedan only. The Outback's still available across the border, though.

Nice seats
I really like the spec.B's leather and Alcantara seats. The latter looks good but is also grippy and prevents you from sliding around while cornering like you would in the leather-lined GT.

Inside the spec.B, you'll also find a navigation system that no other Legacy has. It's got a touch-screen which makes its operation a lot easier, and it's mounted high on the dashboard, so it's easy to read. The system also includes a trip computer and a fuel consumption gauge.

Don't be surprised if there's less interior space in the Legacy than in the Accord or Camry. The cockpit is tight for a mid-size, in the same vein as a BMW 3-Series or an Audi A4. But overall, the inside of the spec.B looks very upscale and rich. By the way, the 6-speaker sound system with a 6-CD changer that reads MP3 and WMA files sounds great.

The navigation system is only available in the Legacy GT spec.B.

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