“The 2020 Subaru Legacy blends cyberbanking accuracy with automated brawn.”
The Subaru Legacy has consistently done things abnormally than added midsize sedans, alms all-wheel drive and beatnik boxer engines to analyze itself from the cookie-cutter competition. While the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry accept bedeviled the bazaar for decades, the Legacy has congenital up a baby but loyal following, mostly in the Subaru strongholds of the Northeast and Northwest.
With the redesigned 2020 Legacy, however, Subaru is attractive to breach out of its alcove and claiming added midsize sedans head-on.
As with its Outback sibling, the standout new appearance of the 2020 Subaru Legacy are an accessible 11.6-inch touchscreen and turbocharged four-cylinder agent — evoking adventurous turbo Legacy models of the 2000s and 2010s. Our Legacy Limited XT analysis car had both items, as able-bodied as a sticker amount of $35,095, compared to $23,645 for a abject Legacy.
Style is subjective, but attractive at the 2020 Legacy’s exterior, it’s bright that Subaru had added priorities. Annihilation about the architecture is altered or groundbreaking and, admitting actuality a new bearing of Legacy, the 2020 archetypal looks agnate to its predecessor. The 2020 Legacy is hardly longer, taller, and added than the 2019 model, but with an identical wheelbase.
Under the skin, the Legacy rides on the aforementioned Subaru Global Platform as the automaker’s added contempo models, like the Crosstrek and Ascent. Subaru claims the 2020 Legacy is 70% stiffer in torsional acerbity than its predecessor, which helps advance administration and gives the car a added solid feel. Subaru additionally claims the 2020 Legacy can blot added than 40% added activity in advanced and ancillary impacts.
Many screens assume like a decay of space, but Subaru did things right.
Typical for Subaru, the autogenous is simple but laid out well. Our Limited analysis car (one footfall beneath the top Touring trim level) had covering seats that were adequately comfortable, but could accept acclimated firmer cushioning. Subaru additionally threw in lots of agleam atramentous artificial and affected chrome trim, which produced cogent blaze in absolute sunlight, and looked like it would blemish easily.
The Legacy has added Environmental Protection Agency-rated commuter aggregate than top competitors like the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat. However, allowance and legroom in both rows are alone average. At 15.1 cubic feet, block amplitude is a bit beneath average.
The 2020 Legacy gets the aforementioned 11.6-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen as the Outback. The awning is accepted on all Legacy trim levels except the abject archetypal (which gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen), while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accepted beyond the board. The Legacy additionally gets a congenital Wi-Fi hot atom for the aboriginal time.
Big screens are all the acerbity these days, but best automakers assume to be prioritizing anatomy over function. While abounding of these screens assume like a decay of space, Subaru did things right. As in the Outback, the icons are big and easier to apprehend while driving. Icons for altitude ascendancy are additionally placed at the basal of the awning — area analog knobs and buttons would commonly be — and Subaru included an all-important aggregate knob. However, at one point the audio arrangement chock-full working, a botheration we didn’t appointment on an Outback with the aforementioned arch unit. It was remedied by restarting the car.
The 2020 Legacy additionally gets Subaru’s EyeSight apartment of disciplinarian aids, which uses forward-facing cameras army abreast the rearview mirror, rather than the alarm units acclimated by best added automakers. Adaptive cruise ascendancy with lane absorption is standard, while dark atom monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cantankerous cartage active are another extras. That’s commensurable to the accepted array of disciplinarian aids on the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Camry.
EyeSight has an advantage over adversary systems: Tech that ensures it won’t be acclimated irresponsibly.
As with the Outback, EyeSight adaptive cruise ascendancy maintained a abiding clip with ease, but was apathetic to acknowledge back cars cut in abruptly. The lane-centering feature’s achievement was worse, however, assuming a addiction to cull to one ancillary like the car bare a caster alignment. It additionally let the car alluvion out of its lane a brace of times. An Outback analysis car didn’t accept these problems on the aforementioned amplitude of road. Accustomed how agnate the two models are (the Outback is about a Legacy abject wagon), the abridgement of bendability was troubling.
Nonetheless, EyeSight still has an advantage over adversary systems: Tech that ensures it won’t be acclimated irresponsibly. Subaru is one of a scattering of automakers (along with BMW and Cadillac) to use a driver-facing camera to adviser for distraction. The DriverFocus system, which debuted in the Forester, sends audio and beheld alerts if drivers booty their eyes off the road. As in added Subarus, DriverFocus did its job unobtrusively in the Legacy, with no apocryphal alarms.
The 2020 Legacy continues Subaru’s use of its cast “boxer” engines, which sit lower in the anatomy than added agent configurations, allowance to lower the car’s centermost of gravity. The abject 2.5-liter four-cylinder agent carries over from the 2019 archetypal year, but now makes 182 application and 176 pound-feet of torque, up from 175 hp and 174 lb-ft before. All Legacy models get accepted all-wheel drive and a continuously capricious manual (CVT).
XT models get a added able 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Shared with the Outback and Ascent, it makes 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. That’s added than the 3.6-liter boxer-six this agent replaces, as able-bodied as the another turbocharged engines in the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. The Toyota Camry’s 3.5-liter artlessly aspirated V6 makes added application (301 hp) but beneath torque (267 lb-ft).
The Legacy additionally beats the Hyundai Sonata in ability output, although Hyundai is advancing a adventurous N-Line archetypal with a 2.5-liter turbo-four authoritative 290 hp and 310 lb-ft. That agent is already accessible in the 2021 Kia K5 GT.
The turbocharged agent makes a lot of ability for an accustomed ancestors sedan.
Regardless of the competition, the turbocharged agent makes a lot of ability for an accustomed ancestors sedan, so it’s accessible to anticipate of the Legacy XT as a bigger affinity to the Subaru WRX. That’s not the case though. This Legacy is abundantly quick (zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, according to Subaru), but annihilation abroad about it is sporty. The abeyance is acquainted for comfort, not handling, a reasonable accommodation accustomed how best midsize sedans are absolutely used. The Honda Accord and Mazda 6 abide the bigger choices for active enthusiasts.
The CVT additionally sabotages the agent with asperous ability delivery. As in the Outback, the agent and manual aloof don’t assume to be on the aforementioned page. The hasty dispatch feels like benumbed with a amateur acquirements to drive stick. This car demands a altered transmission, or at atomic a retuning of the CVT. That would about-face a acceptable car into a abundant one.
Turbocharged 2020 Legacy models like our analysis car are rated at 27 mpg accumulated (24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway), compared to 23 mpg accumulated (20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway) for the old six-cylinder model. We averaged 24 mpg over a anniversary of driving, according to the car’s cruise computer. With the less-powerful abject engine, the Legacy is rated at 30 mpg accumulated (27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway).
The Legacy offers hardly bigger accumulated and burghal ammunition abridgement than a 2.0-liter turbo Honda Accord, but the Honda gets the aforementioned 32 mpg highway. The Nissan Altima is rated at 29 mpg accumulated (25 mpg city, 34 mpg highway) with its another turbo engine, which uses capricious compression to choke out added mpg. The Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Camry are additionally accessible with amalgam powertrains, while the Legacy isn’t.
The 2020 Legacy accustomed the accomplished Top Assurance Pick rating from the Allowance Institute for Artery Safety, as able-bodied as a best all-embracing appraisement from the National Artery Cartage Assurance Administration — the federal agency’s accomplished assurance rating.
Subaru offers a three-year, 36,000-mile, basal assurance and a five-year, 60,000-mile, powertrain warranty. That’s about boilerplate for a boilerplate brand, although Hyundai and Kia action best assurance terms. Subaru additionally has an accomplished acceptability for reliability.
The Limited XT trim akin activated actuality seems to be the candied atom of the 2020 Legacy lineup. It gets the turbocharged engine, which is account the added money over a abject agent that has not afflicted in added contempo Subaru vehicles. The Limited is additionally the everyman trim akin to get the DriverFocus camera system, admitting alone as allotment of an options amalgamation that additionally includes navigation, a ability moonroof, and a acrimonious council wheel.
At the aforementioned time, it doesn’t assume account advance to the top Touring trim level. The alone appearance it adds are a front-view camera and Nappa covering seats. The Limited already comes with covering seats, admitting of evidently lower-grade material.
It’s cryptic how abundant aftermarket abutment the 2020 Legacy will get, but this seems like a car with potential. Subaru is absurd to action a new adaptation of the old Legacy 2.5GT Spec.B achievement model, but it would be abundant to see one of these cars with stickier tires, bigger brakes, and upgraded abeyance to bout its turbocharged power.
The 2020 Subaru Legacy continues to angle out from the crowd. The another turbocharged agent gives this new archetypal some-much bare oomph, and all-wheel drive absorption charcoal an asset in albino climates. Add to that EyeSight and DriverFocus tech, as able-bodied as one of the best-integrated touchscreens in the business, and the Legacy should address to added than aloof acceptable Subaru fans.
The Legacy isn’t perfect. The Honda Accord and Mazda 6 are bigger driver’s cars, and the Hyundai Sonata boasts its own able tech in the anatomy of the Smart Parking Abetment self-parking feature. The Nissan Altima does a bigger job of acclimation turbocharged ability with acceptable gas mileage, and the Accord, Sonata, and Toyota Camry are all accessible with amalgam powertrains for alike bigger mpg.
Still, the Legacy covers all of the bases and, with its accepted all-wheel drive, provides a little added allowance for bad weather.
Yes. With all-wheel drive and affluence of tech, the Legacy is a abundant another to the midsize auto mainstays.