Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Dork
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

The Legacy wagon doesn't exist by name, but it does exist: Just look for the Subaru with the Australian theme. The Outback's marketing campaign introduced Americans to Subaru's rugged four-wheel drive non-utes, and the big wagon is the most practical SUV-alternative of the bunch.

This comes properly equipped for the $35,000 price. The opposed six-cylinder engine runs through a manually shiftable five-speed automatic. Power-adjustable heated front seats, navigation with integrated DVD player, and a roof rack are most notable. In a nod to its SUV competition, the options list notes its "Fully Independent Raised Suspension."

It's a shame we saw this car so late; after 15,000 miles in an abusive press fleet, it's making disconcerting noises. The front right wheel growls when loaded up—probably a bad bearing—and the naturally aspirated engine sometimes whines like a supercharger.

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