I agree, the new Legacy is a very smooth machine. I think it actually feels bigger, but I guess that just depends on the driver.
As for the extra 50hp, wait for the H6. Should be here in the next couple months. I've "spoken" with a guy via email who works in the Legacy plant. I'm not sure exactly what he does (he saw my Legacy listed in my sig on a Mustang board and sent me an email saying "I probably built your car!"), so I don't know exactly how reliable his info is. Anyway, he said it's going to 220hp, and the new car manager at the local dealership said 215hp. So there you go. Right now I'm just praying for a stick shift - apparently the H6 will only come with an auto initially. If they put a stick in it I'll be trading up next year I'm sure.
'99 Legacy 2.5GT 5 speed sedan