The midsize sedan segment is one of the most competitive in the marketplace, and it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. It’s also a segment where buyers tend to have fierce loyalties, often staying with a make and model for over a decade. The Subaru Legacy has long enjoyed a loyal, if not a little cult-ish, following, but sales have trailed behind heavy hitters such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. For 2020, Subaru has redesigned the Legacy in the hopes of closing that gap.
MSRP Starting at$22,745
- WHAT’S NEW:
- The Legacy is redesigned for 2020
- New 260-hp turbocharged engine option
- Optional 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment interface
- Part of the seventh Legacy generation introduced for 2020
Pros & Cons
- Standard all-wheel drive for excellent wet-weather traction
- Comfortable ride and seats
- Standard active driver assist features
- Turbocharged engine provides robust power
- Tepid acceleration from base engine
- Overreliance on touchscreen for basic functions
- Useless voice controls
- Terribly intrusive engine stop-start system
Subaru of America, Inc. recently announced the 2020 Legacy was named to the 2020 Wards10 Best User Experiences list for intuitive and effective interior features including connectivity, infotainment, controls and driver-assist technology.
The 2020 Legacy is the fourth consecutive Wards 10 Best UX winner for Subaru, following last year’s award-winning Outback, Ascent in 2018, and Impreza in 2017.
WardsAuto, a leading provider of automotive reporting and insights, evaluated 18 vehicles for the 5th annual competition. The vehicles were tested and rated by editors on their ability to enhance an individual’s lifestyle and make technology easy to use.
Front and center inside the Legacy is an all-new tablet-style 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen, the largest, most advanced system ever in a Subaru. Standard on all but the Base trim, the 11.6-inch integrated center information display offers on-screen controls for audio, HVAC and vehicle settings, as well as smartphone integration for Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto. Like with a smartphone, app icons on the touchscreen can be moved and configured based on personal preference. The top-of-the-line 11.6-inch Multimedia with Navigation adds navigation powered by TomTom® and voice-activated navigation.
With safety as a top priority, the all-new seventh-generation sedan comes standard with award-winning Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. Acting as a second pair of eyes for the driver, EyeSight uses two cameras mounted above the rear-view mirror to detect and react to obstacles in the vehicle’s path. The EyeSight suite of features now includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering. The Lane Centering function assists with centering the vehicle within the travel lane at highway speeds.
Available segment-exclusive DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System uses a dedicated near-infrared camera and facial recognition technology to identify signs of driver fatigue or distraction and provides audio and visual warnings to alert the driver and passengers.
Additional available driver-assist technologies include LED Steering Responsive Headlights, Reverse Automatic Braking, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and EyeSight Assist Monitor with heads-up display.
The 2020 Subaru Legacy is the only vehicle in its segment to feature all-wheel drive as standard equipment. The midsize sedan starts at $22,745 and is available in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT and Touring XT models.
The Legacy is built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) in Lafayette, IN, along with the Ascent, Impreza, and Outback.