• 2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven

    The seventh generation Subaru Legacy was unveiled at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show
  • And now we got the chance to get behind the wheel and see how it drives
  • The 2020 Legacy was built on an optimized Subaru Global Platform that improves the car's stiffness
  • The car was designed using Subaru's new “Dynamic x Solid” philosophy that makes the 2020 Legacy more expressive
  • Up front there is a new frameless hexagonal grille and intakes inspired by the image of an aircraft
  • All 2020 Legacy models will be offered with LED headlights (low and high beam) with High Beam Assist
  • At the rear you will notice updated taillight housings, with black inner graphics
  • With the trunk line being raised in the middle for a spoiler-esque effect
  • Step inside and you will be notice by a completely redesigned cabin layout
  • With the most important update being the new tablet-style, high-definition, 11.6-inch, HD Subaru Starlink multimedia touchscreen
  • As a first for Subaru, the 2020 Legacy now comes with Nappa leather upholstery
  • Comfort has also been improved, with the headroom, legroom and shoulder room all being increased
  • Cargo room went up to 15.1 cubic feet - or an extra 1.4 cubic feet more than the outgoing car
  • As a first since 2012, the 2020 Legacy is offered with turbocharged engine
  • So, the Legacy XT models will come with a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine
  • That deliversa a total of 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque
  • The engine is mated to a high-torque Lineartronic CVT with manual mode transmission
  • And as usual it sends power to all four wheels via Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
  • The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 6.1 seconds
  • Fuel economy is rated at 24/32/27
  • Prices for the 2020 Legacy start at $22,745
  • With the XT models starting at $34,195 for the Limited version and at $35,895 for the Touring one

The seventh-generation Subaru Legacy debuted at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and less than a year later, we finally got to get behind the wheel of one. Right away, we were impressed. It’s built on top of Subaru’s newly optimized global platform, which means it’s stiffer in all the right places. And, thanks to Subaru’s newly adopted Dynamic X Solid philosophy that makes the Legacy more expressive than even – something that’s clearly visible in the front end design and in the rear where the rear decklid is morphed into a makeshift spoiler of sorts.

The interior probably got the biggest update, though, with the major highlight being that new 11.6-inch, vertically oriented infotainment display. It’s dubbed “HD Subaru Starlink,” and it’s about as modern as you can get without stepping into a Mercedes. Other interior features worth boasting is the new Nappa leather – a first for the Legacy and Subaru as a company – improved headroom and legroom, and improved cargo capacity.

Subaru has finally decided to Turbocharge the Legacy for the first time since 2012, and our Legacy XT tester featured a 2.4-liter Boxer engine that delivers a cool 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. All of that is sent through a CVT with a somewhat decent manual mode. It doesn’t make up for the lack of a manual or something with real gears, but it’s definitely not the worst CVT on the market. Four-wheel drive is, as you’d expect, a standard affair, and it took our tester just 6.1 seconds to hit 60 mph – not bad for a family sedan that’s also safe. The Subaru Legacy starts out at $22,745, but to get an XT model like ours, you’ll have to pony up at least $34,195 or $35,895 for the XT Touring.

2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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The seventh generation Subaru Legacy was unveiled at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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And now we got the chance to get behind the wheel and see how it drives
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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The 2020 Legacy was built on an optimized Subaru Global Platform that improves the car’s stiffness
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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The car was designed using Subaru’s new “Dynamic x Solid” philosophy that makes the 2020 Legacy more expressive
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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Up front there is a new frameless hexagonal grille and intakes inspired by the image of an aircraft
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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All 2020 Legacy models will be offered with LED headlights (low and high beam) with High Beam Assist
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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At the rear you will notice updated taillight housings, with black inner graphics
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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With the trunk line being raised in the middle for a spoiler-esque effect
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Interior
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Step inside and you will be notice by a completely redesigned cabin layout
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Interior
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With the most important update being the new tablet-style, high-definition, 11.6-inch, HD Subaru Starlink multimedia touchscreen
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Interior
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As a first for Subaru, the 2020 Legacy now comes with Nappa leather upholstery
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Interior
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Comfort has also been improved, with the headroom, legroom and shoulder room all being increased
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Interior
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Cargo room went up to 15.1 cubic feet - or an extra 1.4 cubic feet more than the outgoing car
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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As a first since 2012, the 2020 Legacy is offered with turbocharged engine
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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So, the Legacy XT models will come with a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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That deliversa a total of 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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The engine is mated to a high-torque Lineartronic CVT with manual mode transmission
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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And as usual it sends power to all four wheels via Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 6.1 seconds
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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Fuel economy is rated at 24/32/27
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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Prices for the 2020 Legacy start at $22,745
2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven Exterior
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With the XT models starting at $34,195 for the Limited version and at $35,895 for the Touring one
Philippe Daix
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Always on the lookout for the latest automotive news, Philippe Daix is our most senior editor and founder of TopSpeed.com. He likes to see himself as a consumer advocate with a mission to educate motorheads of all ages.  Read More
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