Global warming or not, all wheel drive (AWD) is a blessing in the wintertime. But for folks who are more of the sporting type, as opposed to the utilitarian, a SUV is overkill.

Enter the Subaru Legacy 3.0 R.

I spent a week with a Legacy 3.0 R and came away with great respect for Subaru. This is one wicked winter ride.

I’ll freely admit it. I’d never been behind the wheel of a Subaru before, other than that little Subaru Brat I briefly ogled back in high school. I had preconceptions.

The Subaru Legacy 3.0 R isn’t just an antidote for the SUV epidemic. This little AWD sport sedan rivals some of the offerings of the likes of Audi and BMW.

MPGomatic: Subaru Legacy 3.0 R Review (video & text)