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31 Oct
posted: 31/10/2023


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By moving to a new modular platform, the 2020 Subaru Legacy has been transformed in every way. Although externally the model is quite reminiscent of its predecessor. This is explained by the fact that the manufacturer retained the same dull metal.

What's new in 2020?

The Legacy is completely redesigned for 2020 and features fresh styling, a nicer interior and a host of new tech features. Buyers can choose between a 2.5-liter flat-four engine or a new 2.4-liter turbocharged engine. All-wheel drive, a Subaru staple, remains standard.

Engine, transmission and performance

A 2.5-liter flat-four engine is standard and produces 182 hp. Limited XT and Touring XT models are equipped with a 260-liter turbocharged engine producing 240 hp. All Legacy models have all-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). After testing the both engines, it is found out what a difference the turbo makes: The Touring XT managed to hit 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds, while the non-turbo Sport took a lackluster 8.0 seconds. Regardless of which engine is under the hood, the new Legacy boasts slightly improved handling dynamics over the previous generation and an equally smooth ride.

Fuel economy and fuel consumption in real conditions

Non-turbocharged cars get better fuel economy estimates from the EPA at 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined, but turbocharged models aren't far behind: 24 mpg in the city mode, 32 mpg in the highway mode, and 27 mpg in the combined mode. In the real-world 200-mile highway fuel economy test, both powertrains returned 34 mpg, 1 mpg less than the Accord 2.0T. However, Subaru and Honda pale in comparison to the Camry SE, which has a 2.5-liter engine that returns an impressive 45 mpg.

Interior, comfort and cargo

While the measurements may not show it, the 2020's cabin feels much larger than the last generation, especially in the rear. While its design still looks tacky, the Legacy's interior is functional, with well-chosen materials throughout. Cloth upholstery is standard, but top-of-the-line Limited and Touring models come with leather. The front seats are well-shaped and comfortable, and on upper trims they have a manual thigh extension for the driver's seat — a boon for long-legged buyers. The trunk is quite large, and it held eight suitcases, one more than the Accord and two more than the Camry.

Infotainment and connectivity

Base models use a version of Subaru's Starlink infotainment system with dual 7.0-inch displays. The single-step Premium model features the company's latest 11.6-inch vertically oriented infotainment display that looks like it was borrowed from Volvo. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration come standard; while in-dash navigation is standard only on Limited XT and Touring XT models, it's optional on all but the base Legacy. A four-speaker stereo is standard, Premium and Sport models come with a six-speaker setup, and everything above gets a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system.

Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA)

Legacy is a great choice when it comes to safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it five stars, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick+ after analyzing its crashworthiness. All Legacy models come with Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver assistance features. Key security features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking;
  • Standard Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Assist;
  • Standard adaptive cruise control with lane centering capability.

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