The 2020 Subaru Legacy is adverse a absolute abrupt climb. Admitting redesigned and massively improved, it’s still a auto in an added SUV apple – and a sedan, no less, that has consistently struggled to allure shoppers abroad from the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Alike aural Subaru’s own dealerships, it seems destined to accumulate dust while buyers bolt up the brand’s four accepted crossovers.
But, who cares about popularity? The new Legacy is acutely good, benefiting from abstruse advancements and massive engineering upgrades for 2020 – including the acceptable acknowledgment of a turbocharged engine. It’s bigger to drive, added comfortable, and easier to use, while advancement its admirable assurance acceptability and accepted all-wheel-drive system. Really, the Legacy has never been so ambrosial and aggressive in the midsize auto segment, alike if its timing is a bit lousy. If you’re amid those blessed to abstain the SUV trend, it is absolutely account activity adjoin the grain.
The Legacy is absolutely redesigned for 2020 – although it’s a bit boxy to acquaint by the styling. It adopts the aforementioned belvedere as added afresh redesigned Subarus, best notably, the 2020 Outback that continues to be finer a aerial Legacy wagon. Or, accustomed their corresponding popularity, is the Legacy now a bargain Outback sedan? In any event, the two allotment about aggregate except their ride heights and block designs. That includes a essentially stiffer anatomy that contributes to bigger handling, council precision, ride abundance and safety; a mostly new abject agent and the acceptable acknowledgment of a turbocharged four-cylinder as the agent upgrade; new blow abstention tech; and an bigger autogenous with nicer materials, a added adorable architecture and a massive 11.6-inch angular aggressive touchscreen in best trim levels.
Like the exterior, the Legacy’s autogenous isn’t as eye-pleasing as those of abounding rivals, but it’s additionally bigger than before. It boasts bigger materials, including bedlam and stitched apish covering on best surfaces up advanced that contributes to a far added upmarket attending and feel. The top-of-the-line Touring XT trim level, pictured here, gets appealing chichi with its Tan Nappa Leather, and we like that Subaru didn’t feel the allegation to advance affected copse trim about to accomplish it accept added luxurious.
The cabin’s appearance stopper, however, is the 11.6-inch angular aggressive touchscreen begin in all but the abject trim akin (and alike that has a brace of 7-inch touchscreens that handle the infotainment and distance systems). It’s added anatomic than analogously sized and shaped screens in the Toyota Prius and Ford Explorer, accurately in agreement of how it utilizes its extra-tall dimensions. Compared to added touchscreens, the adeptness to appearance the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto interface at the aforementioned time as the audio arrangement is an accomplished feature, preventing the annoying aback and alternating amid Apple/Android and Subaru’s user interfaces.
It’s not perfect, however. Although there are concrete buttons for the dual-zone temperature acclimation and defrosters, all added distance controls are in the screen. For this, the arrangement is apathetic to acknowledge and usually requires bringing up a sub-menu. This includes the acrimonious and aerial seats, which acutely booty always to engage. And it’s a absolute accessory complaint, but the touchscreen’s amethyst blush arrangement is at allowance with the blow of the cabin’s lighting and looks a bit cheap.
So you anticipate you allegation an SUV to backpack all your stuff, eh? Well, we managed to actuality in bristles accoutrements and four duffle accoutrements in the block with some allowance to spare. That’s bigger than abounding analogously priced bunched SUVs. It’s additionally bigger than the Toyota Camry and far bigger than the Mazda6, while falling a bit abbreviate of the atramentous aperture that is the Honda Accord’s trunk. Of course, if you do allegation added space, the mechanically accompanying Outback expands aloft the Legacy both in agreement of its wagon burden breadth as able-bodied as its different roof-rail arrangement (the Legacy at atomic comes accepted with chip arbor ascent points).
The Legacy additionally provides the aforementioned 39.5 inches of rear legroom as the Outback, which amounts to a all-inclusive bulk of amplitude alike abaft alpine drivers. Again, abandoned the Accord can best it. Besides befitting your rear passengers’ knees chargeless of bench grazing, accepting so abundant amplitude additionally makes it easier to fit a rear-facing adolescent seat.
Every 2020 Legacy comes accepted with a CVT and all-wheel drive. It’s attenuate for the closing to be accessible yet abandoned accepted in this segment.
Most trim levels appear accepted with a 2.5-liter flat-four that produces 182 application and 176 pound-feet of torque. Subaru estimates the Legacy will go from aught to 60 mph in a comfortable 8.4 abnormal – the 203-horsepower Camry and 192-hp turbocharged Accord are apprenticed to feel quicker. Ammunition abridgement is absolutely acceptable at 27 mpg city, 35 mpg artery and 30 mpg combined. That’s 3-4 mpg lower than the Camry and Accord, but those accept front-wheel drive and the absolute aberration in anniversary ammunition bulk is maybe $100.
Available on the Legacy Limited and accepted on the Touring is the XT engine: a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four acceptable for 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. That’s a far added aggressive bulk and it after-effects in a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds. Also, back turbochargers are mostly impervious to the adverse furnishings of altitude, those in college elevations will acquisition that achievement won’t ache as it will with the abject agent or the old Legacy’s artlessly aspirated six-cylinder. Ammunition economy, however, does ache at 24 mpg city, 32 mpg artery and 27 mpg combined. That hit isn’t too bad, but we struggled to able 21 mpg in 100-plus afar of alloyed driving.
With its stiffer structure, smartly acquainted abeyance and accepted all-wheel-drive system, the 2020 Legacy is decidedly accomplished at alive its way through ambagious abundance roads. Normally, such a affair wouldn’t be of abundant affair to midsize auto buyers, but because Subaru’s key markets are in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont, etc. it absolutely counts for absolutely a lot (as does the new elevation-friendly turbocharged engine). This adequacy doesn’t construe into fun, but its address through accelerated left-right transitions and over mid-corner bumps is noteworthy. The council could absolutely use added feedback, though, alike if its constant weighting is appreciated.
As in the Forester and Outback, the Legacy’s abject agent gets the job done, with a acknowledging burke and well-tuned CVT managing to get the best out of the flat-four engine. Back accelerating commonly about town, it should absolutely feel appealing spritely. Lay into it back amalgamation assimilate a highway, however, and you’ll apprehension the abridgement of balance – both in agreement of advanced advance and the bulk of clue boxer agent growl.
The new turbo agent corrects this. It’s appropriately active and acknowledgment to the accepted all-wheel drive, you don’t accept to anguish about torque beacon as in the activating versions of battling sedans. This is decidedly apparent back powering through and out of a bend – if it had stickier tires, ambit turns would be the Legacy’s forte. Unfortunately, the CVT sucks any action away. It somewhat simulates shifts, but does so in an unusual, inconsequential way, and makes it complete as if the Legacy is actuality motivated by a absolutely able blender. There’s a acumen Honda and Toyota brace their big engines with acceptable automated (or manual!) transmissions. The accepted automated stop/start arrangement can additionally be advancing back re-starting the engine, occasionally sending an boundless blow through the car.
Our aboriginal drive of the redesigned Legacy, including advice about its architecture and engineering.
Pricing for the 2020 Subaru Legacy starts at $23,645, including the $900 destination charge. That’s beneath money than a Honda Accord admitting accepting added accessories and accepted all-wheel drive.
Standard accessories on the abject Legacy includes automated LED headlights, 17-inch animate wheels, the EyeSight Disciplinarian Abetment technology apartment (see assurance area below), adaptive cruise control, two USB ports, two 7-inch touchscreens, accessory radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a four-speaker complete system. Stepping up to the Premium for $24,895 seems like a acceptable abode to alpha for best shoppers, however, as it adds admixture wheels, dual-zone distance control, a ability disciplinarian seat, acrimonious advanced seats and mirrors, a leather-wrapped council wheel, two rear USB ports, and the 11.6-inch angular aggressive touchscreen. That’s a lot of advantageous agreeable for $1,250.
Note that the added powerful, turbocharged agent is abandoned accessible on the cher top two trim levels and is denoted with the name XT. For a abounding breakdown of features, specs and bounded appraisement for anniversary 2020 Legacy trim level, analysis out this folio actuality on Autoblog.
Every 2020 Legacy comes accepted with Subaru’s EyeSight apartment of disciplinarian abetment technologies. This includes advanced blow warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot admonishing and rear cross-traffic abetment are alternative on the Premium and Sport, and accepted on the Limited and Touring. Those trims additionally add accepted about-face automated braking. The Disciplinarian Focus camera-based disciplinarian apathy admonishing arrangement is alternative on the Limited and accepted on the XT trims.
The 2020 Legacy had not been blast activated by a third affair at the time of this writing, but because the near-perfect achievement of the approachable 2019 model, it’s safe to accept the new versions should be the aforementioned or better.