Subaru Legacy 2.0i Sedan (A) CVT Review: The 6th Element

Subaru Legacy 2.0i Sedan (A) CVT Review: The 6th Element

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
20 May 2010
What we like:
pros
Mazda: good ride handling/compromise
pros
responsive steering
pros
superbly equipped
pros
dynamic looksSubaru: Comfortable ride
pros
smooth engine
pros
stability and traction of AWD
What we dislike:
cons
Mazda: Needs more poke
cons
slightly gruff engine
cons
not much different than beforeSubaru: Rubber band like CVT
cons
dumpy looks
cons
lack of body control

The base Legacy comes with standard kit like cruise control, electrically adjustable driver's seat, trip computer and so on.

The 2-litre Mazda6 comes in two grades - a base V Grade and the higher spec R Grade tested here. The R Grade model's list of standard kit is certainly hard to beat - it comes with HID headlamps, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and operation, six airbags, rain and light sensors, cruise control, trip computer, electrically adjustable front seats, factory stereo and so on.

With its longer list of standard kit, the Mazda6 2.0 R is justifiably a tad more expensive than the Legacy 2.0i. Picking a winner between these two Camry alternatives certainly isn't easy - each has their own strengths and virtues. At the end of the day, the winner of this twin test all depends on what you require - the Legacy's the winner if you're looking for something that is more comfortable and slightly more affordable while the Mazda is certainly better equipped, looks better and the automatic choice for those who appreciate dynamic handling.

Credits: Story and Photos by Raymond Lai

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