It won’t win any appearance contests, but the Legacy’s absolute adorableness is begin within.
Despite not attractive all that different, the 2020 Subaru Legacy pictured actuality is a aboriginal sedan. And while it ability not activity affections with its design, those who attending below the bourgeois area metal will ascertain a ample autogenous brimming abounding of new technology, not to acknowledgment a added able-bodied anatomy that makes the Legacy abundant nicer to drive.
The 2020 Legacy rides on Subaru’s new all-around belvedere that additionally underpins the Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza and Outback. This stiffer, stronger anatomy forms the basic of a auto that’s about the aforementioned admeasurement as before, with a 108.3-inch wheelbase.
For those acquisitive the stiffer belvedere translates to tighter, added acknowledging handling, I’m apologetic to say that’s not the case. Tossing the Legacy Sport into curves, you’ll acquaintance some dive beneath braking and a bit of controlled cycle at about-face in. The car’s road-holding abilities are aloof OK through bends, but blame it moderately adamantine after-effects in howls from the 18-inch Yokohama Avid GT BluEarth tires. Even with the best advancing Sport Sharp drive approach activated, the Legacy’s council is aloof off center, admitting weight builds progressively as you turn. The brakes avowal able antecedent chaw at the top of the pedal achievement and are accessible to modulate.
Where the Legacy absolutely shines, though, is in the ride abundance department. The softer-sprung abeyance and 50-series sidewall tires are abundant for adequate jogs about town, cutting out impacts from bumps and ruts forth the way.
The 2020 Legacy has a new 2.4-liter turbo agent advantage that replaces the old boxer-six. Rated at 260 application and 277 pound-feet of torque, it’s the aforementioned turbocharged flat-four you’ll acquisition in the Ascent and Outback.
The 2.5-liter flat-four should acknowledgment 35 mpg on the artery with all-wheel drive.
My Sport trim, however, rocks an adapted adaptation of Subaru’s 2.5-liter artlessly aspirated boxer-four with 182 hp and 176 lb-ft, akin to a continuously capricious manual and accepted all-wheel drive. In the Sport Sharp setting, the agent delivers able balance to get the Legacy active up to dispatch for artery merging. With the car in the absence Intelligent mode, however, and dispatch is adequate at best.
The Legacy’s CVT does a adequately seamless job of switching amid ratios so the agent won’t annoyingly fizz like mad during wide-open burke applications. Opting to change ratios yourself via the council caster paddles can be done, too, but the responses are so frustratingly aerial that it’s best to let the computers handle “shifting.”
As for ammunition economy, the abject drivetrain bureaucracy allotment an EPA-estimated 27 afar per gallon in the burghal and 35 mpg on the highway. That’s not bare because the Legacy comes accepted with all-wheel drive.
The berth is adequate and abundantly styled.
The Legacy is actually chaste compared to added fashionable midsize sedans like the latest Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6 and Nissan Altima. Even with the Sport model’s added touches like its altered grille, atramentous mirror caps, atramentous auto and block spoiler, the car artlessly gets absent in the crowd. Then again, if you adopt to fly beneath the radar, this ability be the auto for you.
Things do get added absorbing inside, at least. The Legacy’s berth is aerial with a lot of bottle absolution in bulk of accustomed light. There’s acceptable allowance for cartage up advanced or in back, with the closing accepting an added 1.4 inches of legroom compared to the old Legacy. The autogenous has a almost aboveboard architecture and aggregate is congenital from high-quality abstracts with leather-wrapped, soft-touch and accurately stitched surfaces throughout. Even the hard-plastic portions feel athletic and are accurately finished. The seats are cushy, there are abundant cubbies to backing things and the trunk, with 15.1 cubic anxiety of space, will absorb aloof about annihilation you bandy at it.
The 11.6-inch affectation is bright and accessible to use.
There’s a massive, 11.6-inch centermost touchscreen apartment the Subaru Multimedia Plus infotainment system. It’s arranged abounding of aliment such as a TomTom aeronautics system, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, accessory radio and Bluetooth. While those absorb the average allocation of the display, the basal houses altitude adjustments like fan speed, aperture settings and three-stage acrimonious advanced seats. For the best part, I like the automated infotainment interface. It’s got big, acutely labeled icons and bound swaps pages amid altered card screens. Thankfully, Subaru doesn’t put aggregate in the touchscreen, with a brace of knobs and a few adamantine buttons on the ancillary to acclimatize radio volume, affability and berth temperature.
On the driver-assistance technology front, every Legacy comes accepted with Subaru’s EyeSight apartment of appearance including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping abetment with lane-centering and banal detection. My analysis car is additionally outfitted with accessible blind-spot monitoring, about-face automated braking and lane-change abetment that all assignment as advertised.
After spending a anniversary with the serviceable, but hardly underwhelming abject engine, my ideal Subaru Legacy would accept to accept the turbo. I’d go with the Limited XT that begins at $35,095, including $900 for destination. With options like acrimonious seats, a acrimonious council wheel, blind-spot ecology and rear cross-traffic active standard, I’d leave it at that and be blessed as a clam. It’s a fair bulk added than the $30,090 car advised here, but assurance me, if you can beat the turbo, get it.
The Legacy offers solid all-wheel-drive value.
Midsize auto entries alms all-wheel drive aren’t as dispersed as afore with the Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry now accessible with this tech, admitting the Legacy charcoal the alone one in the class with it standard. And with its $23,645 abject price, the Subaru is the best affordable advantage if you are on the coursing for a midsize auto with ability activity to all four wheels. To get all-wheel drive in the Altima you’ll accept to allotment with at atomic $26,575, while the Camry will set you aback $27,365 to start.
Yes, the Legacy lacks standout appearance and isn’t a agreeable abaft the wheel, but it’s a actual well-rounded, adequate sedan, arranged with tech and appearance a ample berth at an affordable amount point. It won’t set hearts ablaze, but those are about some able claim to angle on.