Subaru goes upscale with 2020 Legacy sedan
2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the Subaru Legacy sedan. First introduced in 1989, the Legacy was a big deal in moving Subaru into the automotive mainstream. Now for 2020, Subaru has reinvented the Legacy as a premium American-made sedan at an economy sedan price.
From its starting price of $22,745, the 2020 Legacy offers a larger, quieter cabin, standard advanced safety and driver assistance features, impressive performance, and standard all-wheel-drive. That's a tremendous value, and it gets better as you explore the upgrade trim options.
Every new Legacy comes with a four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. Basic trims come with Subaru's proven 2.5-liter engine, rated at 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Top trims carry a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine good for 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Both drivetrains deliver solid performance, but as you might expect, the turbocharged engine stands out.
Subaru's signature symmetrical all-wheel-drive is the strongest selling point for Portland buyers. The benefit is simple: the 2020 Legacy will get you where you're going in any weather. In addition to traction and stability control, the Subaru AWD system uses active torque vectoring to send engine power to the correct wheels to keep the Legacy on course and under control at all times.
Inside, Subaru has gone the extra mile to deliver a quality cabin at all trim levels, and a truly remarkable luxury cabin in the top Limited and Touring trims. Smooth leather with heated and ventilated seats give occupants a premium experience while the extra-large 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen is a delight to use. The absolute base trim Legacy still has a 7-inch screen, but every other trim gets the big screen. Navigation is optional on mid-trim models, and standard on the turbo models. Limited and Touring cars also get a premium Harman Kardon audio system.
Subaru has also made its unique EyeSight safety system standard on all trims. This includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keeping assistance. Automatic high beam control is also standard. Blind spot monitoring and reverse automatic braking are optional or included on most trims.
On the road, we tested the Touring XT and the car was thoroughly enjoyable on a winter trip to the coast. The Legacy provided plenty of power and perfect control all the way, while the contoured heated seats kept us comfortable and fresh. Here's the best part: the top trim 2020 Legacy Touring XT costs $36,795. Other midsize sedans cost about the same, but offer much less for your money.
If you plan to ring in the new year with a new car, make sure you test drive the 2020 Subaru Legacy before you make your decision.
2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT
Base price: $22,745
Price as tested: $36,795
Type: Midsize sedan
Engine: 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (260 hp, 277 lbs-ft)
Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission
EPA estimated mileage: 24/32
Overall length: 190.6 inches
Curb weight: 3,779 pounds
Final assembly: Lafa
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