...but not the car <I> want. Let me explain. Having sold Subarus off and on since the late 80's I am very familiar with all the Legacy incarnations, I personally have had at least one of every generation. From the 1990 Legacy, every generation was an evolution,but the new 2010 is different, it is a revolution in the progression. It is such a revolution, I really think they should have given the car a new name. The 2010 Legacy gives Subaru their first Legacy since the first generation that can compete with the Accord, Camry and Altima (and even Mazda 6) in size, those other cars have evolved over the years and grew where the Legacy didn't. Looking at the 2010 next to the 2009, they look like completely different scale cars, visually, the 2010 looks about 15-20% larger.
Interior: Getting behind the wheel of the 2010 Legacy Limited, I noticed how much room there was, this car is much different than previous generations which had more of a "cockpit" feel, this is much more open and roomy. All four outboard seats are superior to previous cars and even than my 09 Forester, particularly the front passenger seat. The rear seats, with the front seats adjusted for my 5'11" frame had a tremendous amount of legroom to the point where I could sit in the back with my legs crossed and have enough room. I was impressed with the comfort of the drivers seat in particular. I really didn't get to play too much with the dials, HVAC or radio but the look was very "modern". U will say, that the feel of the pastics of the dash are a significant drop from the previous generation, I noticed the same in my Forester too. The hard plastic does not exude a premium level product. It was materials like this thad have separated Subaru in the past.
Driving: The new CVT transmission would tale a bit of getting used to, Acceleration felt a little slugging from the 2.5L, it felt a but slower than my previous 2006 Legacy. Slower yes, bit the power was a lot smoother, the transmission accelerated much smother. I was surprised to fid paddle shifters on the steering column, they did make a difference for downshifting and felt very responsive. Another area that I was impressed was the handling and the ride, I took the Legacy fairly "hot" into a couple of turns and the Legacy entered and exited with much composure.
Overall: The 2010 is a much better car, but I am not sure it is a better Subaru. The new Legacy is the most mainstream Subaru ever produced and in my opinion when it will be the best selling Legacy ever because it is the most mainstream. This Legacy falls under the old Vulcan proverb..."The needs of the many, out weigh the needs of the few", with the loss of the Legacy wagon and lack of a diesel motor, Subaru will be loosing my as a customer when i look for my next car. But for every person like me, there will be two mainstream customers they will pick up. The math works and I wish Subaru much success.