If there’s a aloft accountability with the aboriginal 2020 Subaru Legacy, it’s that it doesn’t anon attending like a aboriginal car. Even all tarted up in range-topping XT Touring guise, the new Legacy lacks the absolute bloom and barrier address of competitors like the Honda Accord, Mazda6 or Nissan Altima. I mean, acquire you seen the new Hyundai Sonata?
But absorb some time with the 2020 Legacy and you’ll acquisition a cardinal of abundant improvements to an already solid competitor, in areas that actually matter. From its adjustable ride to its adequate autogenous to its abundance of berth tech and assurance systems, this is Subaru’s best advancing and well-executed Legacy by a country mile.
The new Legacy doesn’t attending bad, it’s aloof array of anonymous. But that’s not to say there aren’t some accurate details. I like the brushed metal mirror caps on my actually loaded Touring tester, and the way the chrome band about the ancillary windows curves assimilate the ancillary mirrors. The headlamp housings are added august than before, with accepted LED capital beams and active lights on all models. The anatomy abandon themselves are a bit plain, but the Legacy has a nice attitude on its alternative 18-inch auto (17s are standard), and the rear fascia is simple and clean, with bifold bankrupt pipes alone arresting on XT (turbocharged) models.
Under its new skin, the Legacy rides on Subaru’s new all-around belvedere — the aforementioned basic that affirm the Ascent, Forester, Impreza and Outback. Even so, the 2020 Legacy is about identical to its antecedent in size, with alone 1.5 added inches of length.
The Legacy ability not be a bondservant to fashion, but this bourgeois architecture admission has resulted in lots of amplitude for passengers. Without a heavily raked roof or badly angled beltline, the Legacy feels actually huge inside, with a ton of bottle breadth and attenuate pillars consistent in a advantageous appearance of the apple outside. A 6-foot-tall disciplinarian can put the advanced bench in their ideal active position while a analogously sized commuter rides calmly in the back. And with 15.1 cubic anxiety of block space, the Legacy offers affluence of allowance for a scattering of suitcases, with the added benefit of a beyond breach than afore for accessible loading.
Caramel-colored Nappa covering is accessible on the top-end Touring trim.
Interestingly, it’s central the Legacy breadth Subaru seems to acquire channelled some architecture muscle. I adulation the caramel-colored Nappa covering on my Touring tester, abnormally the way it’s acclimated in ample swaths on the dashboard. Overall, the berth is amply styled but still affluence functional, with abysmal aperture pockets that can board big baptize bottles.
The accessible centerpiece of the Legacy’s berth is Subaru’s 11.6-inch, portrait-oriented Starlink multimedia display. It’s accepted on all but the abject Legacy, that trim authoritative do with a smaller, 7-inch touchscreen set aloft an adjustment of concrete buttons for the car’s altitude controls. On all added models, the huge touchscreen is breadth you’ll admission aloof about everything, with a few $.25 of switchgear and knobs for things like audio volume, affability and temperature.
First apparent on the 2020 Outback, this Starlink awning is about disconnected into three sections, with the largest, average breadth adherent to the majority of infotainment functions. Aloft that, you’ll admission readouts for things like ambient weather, cartage or agent information. At the bottom, you’ll acquisition the altitude controls. The accomplished interface is actual simple to assignment through afterwards a abbreviate acquirements period, with quick responses to inputs and a about simple card structure. Embedded aeronautics is accessible on college trim levels and accepted on the Legacy Touring, but it’s powered by TomTom and lacks the high-resolution maps befitting such a ample screen. Thankfully, every 2020 Legacy comes accepted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and I’d awful acclaim afraid to those interfaces for your aeronautics experience.
The 11.6-inch Starlink infotainment arrangement is bright, bright and cool accessible to use.
There’s a new turbocharged agent advantage for the 2020 Legacy, replacing the old, 3.6-liter flat-6 from aftermost year’s car. It’s the aforementioned 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder you’ll acquisition in the Ascent and Outback, bearing 260 application and 277 pound-feet of torque, akin to a continuously capricious manual and accepted all-wheel drive. Not alone is this agent added able than the approachable H6 motor, it’s added efficient, too. Subaru estimates ammunition abridgement ratings of 24 afar per gallon city, 32 mpg artery and 27 mpg accumulated for these XT models, all of which represent 4-mpg assets over the old six-cylinder.
This turbo agent doesn’t absolutely about-face the Legacy into a action sedan, but forth California’s Artery 33 branch arctic from Ojai, I acquisition this powerplant adds apparent pep to the Legacy’s step, with affluence of low-end and midrange power. Unfortunately, the Legacy XT exhibits the aforementioned array of advancing burke tip-in we’ve accomplished in our abiding 2019 Subaru Ascent, acceptation there’s a awe-inspiring access of ability appropriate off the band that fades abroad as you aces up speed. It takes a little accepting acclimated to, but absolutely isn’t a deal-breaker. Happily, XT models additionally appear with paddle shifters so you can force the manual into captivation its apish “gears” for best amounts of time to bland these ability peaks out.
Non-XT models use the aforementioned artlessly aspirated 2.5-liter H4 you’ll acquisition in the Forester and Outback, with 182 application and 176 pound-feet of torque. The CVT/AWD aggregate is afresh accepted on these turbo-less models, with admirable ammunition abridgement estimates of 27 mpg city, 35 mpg artery and 30 mpg combined.
The new turbo agent has affluence of power, but it doesn’t about-face the Legacy into a action sedan.
Every Legacy uses the aforementioned abeyance and council setup, so they’re dynamically similar; the XTs aloof acquire added punch. There’s a new Action trim for 2020, but don’t let the name fool you. Accessible alone with the 2.5-liter engine, there are no anatomy tweaks to allege of, aloof some appearance upgrades and action drive modes that hardly adapt the burke and manual mapping. Really, aloof go for the Action trim if you appetite a decklid addle-brain and model-specific, black-finish, 18-inch wheels.
After a day of active the 2020 Legacy through Southern California, my bigger takeaway is how able-bodied sorted the anatomy is — you’ll feel pavement imperfections, but they don’t jostle you around. Through burghal centers and on the highway, the Legacy is cool comfortable, from its adaptable ride to its adequate advanced seats. Hit a arced backroad and you’ll apprehension cycle in the abeyance and vagueness to the steering, but again, this isn’t a sports car. If you’re attractive for the driver’s car of the midsize class, I’d eventually acclaim a Honda Accord 2.0T or Mazda6 Signature, both of which abridgement all-wheel drive but feel lighter on their anxiety with college levels of disciplinarian engagement.
Instead, I could calmly see bistro up hundreds of afar at a time abaft the caster of a Legacy. That this car is additionally decidedly quiet central at artery speeds alone adds to that altogether affable vibe. Plus, every Legacy comes accepted with Subaru’s EyeSight disciplinarian abetment technology, with adaptive cruise control, lane-keep abetment with a lane-centering function, banal apprehension and more. The lane-centering tech has been adapted to now chase a advance car rather than ping-ponging you against the average of the lane, and it works a amusement forth California’s chock-full 101 Freeway. Added driver-assistance systems, including blind-spot monitoring, lane-change abetment and rear cross-traffic active are accessible as options, and accepted on the top-shelf Touring.
The 2.4-liter turbo-4 offers added ability and allotment bigger ammunition abridgement than the approachable flat-6 engine.
2020 Subaru Legacy appraisement ranges from $22,745 for a abject archetypal to $35,895 for a loaded Touring XT, excluding $900 for destination. That puts the Legacy, congenital in Lafayette, Indiana, in band with appealing abundant every added midsize sedan, admitting it’s of advance account acquainted that Subaru’s adversary is the alone one to appear accepted with all-wheel drive.
It’s no abstruse the seventh-generation Legacy arrives at a time back an accretion cardinal of consumers are ditching sedans and dispatch up to added anatomic crossovers and SUVs. And if you’re one of those people, by all means, Subaru will appropriately acclaim that you aces up a aboriginal Forester or Outback.
But as far as midsize sedans are concerned, the 2020 Subaru Legacy positions itself as an abundantly ample offering, packing a ton of tech and bulk of commuter amplitude into a almost affordable package. It ability abridgement style, but it’s awash with substance.
It looks a little plain, but the new Legacy is a super-solid midsize sedan.
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