A more mature mid-size Six-Star four-door, now with updated tech, more refinement, and turbo performance

First arriving on the scene in 1989, the Legacy nameplate has served as Subaru’s flagship sedan for six full generations. Now there’s a new seventh-generation arriving for the 2020 model year, and it’s framed as “the most advanced Legacy in the model’s 30-year history.” Sporting a revised exterior, oodles of new technology and luxury features in the cabin, as well as a new platform and a new turbocharged engine option, the Legacy is feeling fresher than ever. But with segment competition tightening, does the Legacy have what it takes?

2020 Subaru Legacy Exterior Styling

  • Mid-size exterior dimensions
  • Matte-black bar across front fascia
  • Standard Active Grille Shutters
  • More aerodynamic sideview mirrors
  • Choice between 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • New black taillight graphics
  • Raised trunk line
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While the Legacy was originally introduced as a compact model, the nameplate made the jump up to the mid-size segment in 1995, and currently occupies a spot above the Impreza in Subaru’s sedan lineup. This translates into more space inside the cabin, as we’ll cover later.

First, let’s talk about what 2020 model year brings in terms of exterior updates. For starters, the 2020 Legacy’s front end now rocks a prominent matte-black bar across the lower fascia, outlining the fog lights and lower intake and adding a little extra visual weight to the nose. The dual-tier intakes now come with a new frameless grille insert design, as well as standard Active Grille Shutters to help with overall fuel mileage.

Meanwhile, the headlight housings are slightly sharper and more streamlined than before as well. C-shaped daytime running lights add to the premium feel.

Moving over to to the flanks, the 2020 Subaru Legacy offers thicker profile panel surfaces and a thicker trunk surface. The fenders are wider as well, although Subaru declined to tell us by how much. The sideview mirrors are reshaped with the generational changeover, and definitely offer a nicer look compared to the blockier sideview mirrors on the outgoing model. The fresh design also helps to reduce drag and add overall efficiency. The Touring trim level adds in power folding and reverse interlocked tilt-down functionality for the mirrors. In the corners, you’ll find either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels depending on the trim level.

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Viewed from the rear, the Legacy now gets updated taillight housings, with black inner graphics that play well with the new front fascia. There’s also complementary black cladding along the lower edges of the bumper. The trunk line is raised in the middle, giving it a spoiler-esque effect that adds a smidgen of extra sportiness to the rear end.

Finally, Subaru has yet to provide us with exact measurements, but it’s expected that the overall exterior dimensions are more or less unchanged with this latest model year update. For reference, you can find the outgoing model’s exterior dimensions below.

New Vs. Old Subaru Legacy

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2019 Subaru Legacy Exterior Dimensions
Overall Length 189.1 inches
Overall Width 72.4 inches
Overall Height 59 inches
Wheelbase 108.3 inches

2020 Subaru Legacy Interior Design

  • Redesigned dash incorporates more luxury details
  • More soft-touch surfaces, double stitching
  • First Subaru to offer Nappa leather upholstery
  • Available heated and ventilated seating
  • Optional 11.6-inch tablet-style central touchscreen
  • Fewer hard buttons throughout
  • Apple CarPlat, Android Auto support
  • Optional 12-speaker audio from Harman Kardon
  • Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist technology standard across the range
  • 15.1 cubic-feet of cargo space
  • More passenger room
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Stepping into the 2020 Subaru Legacy’s cabin, the first thing that jumps out at us is a major redesign in terms of cabin layout. Although the general styling is somewhat reminiscent of the outgoing model, the fresh look definitely adds extra premium vibes overall, which is exactly in line with what Subaru was shooting for with this generational update.

This greater focus on comfort and luxury starts with a new dash, which looks more stylized thanks to a layered design approach.

Compared to the old dash, which incorporated several large, broad sections of material, the new dash is much more angular and interesting to look at thanks to additional folds and levels.

The center console also comes with a new instrument panel, complete with soft-touch upholstery and double stitching. This treatment also extends to the seats and door trim upholstery.

Speaking of which, the 2020 Subaru Legacy now comes with Nappa leather upholstery, a first for the Six-Star badge.

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There’s also a seat heating function that offers an adjustable three levels of heat, and it extends up to the shoulder area to keep your whole back nice and toasty. Step it up to the Touring trim, and Subaru will also add in ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel, the latter of which is offered as optional equipment in the Limited trim level.

Both the Limited and Touring models get 10-way power front seats with lumbar support, as well as an adjustable cushion length for the driver. The heating function is available for both the front and rear seats. The sideview mirror position is also locked with the seat position for quick customizability.

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One of the 2020 Subaru Legacy’s most prominent cabin features is its new tablet-style, high-definition, 11.6-inch, HD Subaru Starlink multimedia touchscreen.

This piece of infotainment finery is offered as optional equipment, but comes as standard on the Premium, Sport, and Limited trim levels, and it’s actually the biggest infotainment screen ever mounted in a factory-spec Subaru. In our eyes, it certainly does well to back the Legacy’s claim to cutting-edge luxury.

This screen acts as the primary hub for general user inputs, and takes over as a digital replacement for many of the hard button controls found on the outgoing model. For the 2020 model year, these include inputs for the infotainment system, the HVAC system, and various other vehicle settings.

Standout features include a smartphone app-style layout, with tile icons that are configurable to your preferences. There’s also a Near Field Communication feature, plus available navigation by TomTom with a 3-year map update and voice command operation. The navigation is optional on the Premium, Sport, and Limited trim levels, and it’s offered as standard on the Touring model.

The large touchscreen also comes with a cool split-screen display mode for dual functionality. For example, you could adjust the audio on one side of the screen, and review navigation information on the other.

Base models come with an updated multimedia system with dual 7.0-inch Wide Video Graphics Array (WVGA) displays that split the inputs for the multimedia and HVAC control system.

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Further infotainment goodies include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, Bluetooth audio streaming, an AM/FM radio, a backup camera, HD Radio support, and over-the-air updates as standard.

Options include an onboard Wi-Fi connection, SiriusXM radio with a four-month free subscription, as well as SiriusXM travel Link with a three-year subscription.

You’ll also find as many as four USB ports (two up front and two in the rear) and an auxiliary input jack under the center console. There’s also 12-volt DC power sockets as standard above the Base trim level.

Audiophiles will want to opt into the available 12-speaker audio system from Harman Kardon, which comes with Clari-Fi technology and GreenEdge speakers. Making the most of it, the cabin itself is quieter by 3 dB thanks to improvements like new weather stripping and thicker sound-insulated glass.

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Moving onto the safety side of things, the Legacy gets Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist technology suite as standard across the range. This includes a Lane Centering Function, a first for Subaru’s U.S. models comes. Lane Centering is part of the Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control feature, and basically keeps the car in the center of the lane without extra driver inputs.

The tech suite also comes with Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Options include the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, which is offered on the Limited model and comes as standard on the two XT trim levels.

This system uses an onboard camera system and facial recognition software to “identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction.” If the system detects the driver is tired or distracted, it sends an alert to the main touchscreen and the digital display in the gauge cluster.

Another option is the Front View Monitor, which is standard on the Touring XT trim. This captures a 180-degree view around the car, including driver blind spots and directly in front of the bumper, and sends it to the main touchscreen display. This system is particularly useful for close-quarters parking and less-than-ideal driving conditions.

Last on the list of driver assists is the optional LED Steering Responsive Headlamps, which are offered on the Limited and Touring models.

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As you might expect, Subaru offers a number of connected services packages through its Starlink technology suite. These include features like SOS emergency assist, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance notifications, a monthly vehicle health report, and a diagnostics alert.

Meanwhile, the Safety Plus & Security Plus package adds in remote engine start, climate control, heated seats (when equipped with Keyless Access and push-button starter), remote lock and unlock, and remote horn and light activation, plus features for parents like boundary setting and speed and curfew alerts. The parents features come with a free six-month trial period.

Finally, there’s the concierge package, which adds in features like digital restaurant and hotel reservation-making, ticket purchase for movies and sporting events, and service appointment scheduling.

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There’s also 15.1 cubic-feet of cargo space in the rear, with an extra 1.4 inches of cargo length added compared to the outgoing model.

That means there’s a bit more room compared to the outgoing model’s 15 cubic-feet of cargo room.

“The trunk in the 2020 Legacy can comfortably hold four full-size roller bags,” Subaru explains. If that’s not enough, you can add even more storage thanks to the standard roof mounting brackets.

The 2020 Subaru Legacy also offers more front shoulder room, more front and rear hip room, and more rear legroom, although Subaru declined to tell us exactly how much space was added. For reference, the outgoing model’s interior dimensions are listed below.

2019 Subaru Legacy Interior Dimensions
Front Headroom 40 inches
Front Shoulder Room 58.1 inches
Front Legroom 42.9 inches
Front Hip Room 55.5 inches
Rear Headroom 37 inches
Rear Shoulder Room 57.3 inches
Rear Leg Room 38.1 inches
Rear Hip Room 55 inches
Passenger Volume 104.6 cubic-feet
Passenger Capacity 5

2020 Subaru Legacy Drivetrain And Performance

  • New turbocharged 2.4-liter engine option
  • Up to 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds
  • Standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine
  • Standard CVT across the range
  • Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • New Subaru Global Platform architecture
  • Lighter and stiffer than before
  • Updated suspension for a more refined ride overall
  • Anticipated highest safety ratings
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One of the biggest headlines for the 2020 Subaru Legacy is what’s going on under the hood.

The nameplate is now offered with a new turbocharged engine option, marking the first time Subaru has offered a turbo Legacy since 2012.

Falling under the XT trim levels, the new turbo Legacy produces upwards of 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 277 pound-feet of torque between 2,000 to 4,800 rpm. The new turbocharged engine displaces 2.4 liters and uses a boxer flat-four-cylinder layout, plus direct fuel injection.

If any of that looks familiar, it’s because it’s the same engine configuration as the 2019 Subaru Ascent, the Six-Stars’ latest three-row, eight-seater SUV.

Mounted in the Legacy, the turbo 2.4-liter provides a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds, with estimated fuel returns of 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

The new turbocharged engine arrives as a replacement for the outgoing model’s naturally aspirated 3.6-liter flat-six-cylinder, which produced 256 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 247 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. Fuel consumption for the ‘six was rated at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, making this new turbo ‘four more powerful, more torquey, and more fuel efficient. The old six-cylinder Legacy also took roughly 7 seconds to reach 60 mph, which means the 2020 model year chops nearly a full second off the benchmark in top trim. Not too shabby.

The rest of the Legacy line gets a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter boxer flat-four-cylinder with direct fuel injection. This powerplant originally debuted on the 2019 Subaru Forester, but was recently updated with as much as 90 percent new parts.

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Output for the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter is rated at 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Understandably, the acceleration times are quite a bit slower than the turbo option, taking 8.4 seconds to reach 60 mph. Fuel returns, however, are considerably improved, rated at an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Each of the two engine options mate to a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This transmission includes a set of steering wheel-mounted paddle controls with a manual mode if you feel like switching the ratios on your own, as well as a new lower-viscosity oil for the hydraulic system that helps to eliminate parasitic loss by 32 percent compared to the previous CVT.

Each engine also comes standard with an automatic stop-start feature, plus Subaru’s iconic Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with Active Torque Vectoring.

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Under the panels, the new 2020 Legacy is built on the latest Subaru Global Platform architecture, offering “increased safety, dynamics, and quietness not to mention reduced noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH).”

“The 2020 Legacy has achieved the highest levels of dynamic performance and ride comfort in its history,” Subaru claims. While dynamic performance is nice, we’re much more concerned with the ride quality on this sedan.

The platform was optimized for the Legacy, and specifically offers a structure that’s 70 percent stiffer than before in terms of torsional rigidity and front suspension rigidity. It’s also 100 percent stuffer in terms of front lateral flex and rear subframe rigidity compared to the old Legacy platform.

To help make the 2020 Legacy stiffer, Subaru added 13-percent more ultra-high-tensile-strength steel, as well as a whopping 371-percent more structural adhesive.

What’s more, the 2020 Legacy comes with a floor cross member filled with a rigidity-enhancing lightweight two-part foal material, which is a first for Subaru.

Another first for Subaru is the 2020 Legacy’s full inner-frame construction, wherein the outer panels were welded to the structure “after the entire body framework is assembled,” as opposed to separate assembly of the upper and under bodies. This makes it both stiffer and lighter than before.

Lightness and stiffness are good for a number of things. Not only does it help with overall fuel economy, but it also makes for a better ride, a lower center of gravity, and overall improved performance.

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What’s more, the Legacy’s suspension is now stronger and lighter than before. There are MacPherson struts up front, which now come with new internal rebound springs, aluminum lower L-arms, and a 23-mm hollow stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is a double-wishbone setup with subframe, coil springs, and a new 19-mm hollow stabilizer bar.

Making the traction is a set of all-season tires, while four-wheel ventilated disc brakes throw the anchor.

Speaking of safety, the new platform helps with overall crash protection, boasting a 40-percent rise in front/side crash resistance. There’s also eight standard airbags. All told, Subaru expects the 2020 Legacy to achieve all the top safety scores, including a Top Safety Pick + rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

2020 Subaru Legacy - drivetrain specifications

Engine 2.5-liter BOXER 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER
Horsepower 182 HP @ 5,800 RPM 260 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 176 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM 277 LB-FT @ 2,000-4,800 RPM
Transmission Lineartronic CVT Lineartronic CVT with manual mode and steering wheel paddle control switches
0 to 60 mph 8.4 seconds 6.1 seconds
Fuel economy city/highway 27/35 mpg 24/32 mpg

2020 Subaru Legacy Prices

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The 2020 Subaru Legacy made its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

Buyers are offered a total of six trim levels: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT, and Touring XT.

Standout features on the Touring XT include a standard turbocharged 2.4-liter engine, as well as Nappa leather upholstery throughout the interior, glossy black pillar moldings, chrome accents on the door handles, and satin plating on the side mirrors.

Meanwhile, the Sport model gets the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine, a unique rear bumper and front grille, glossy black sideview mirrors, a trunk spoiler, and a standard set of 18-inch alloy wheels finished in a dark metallic hue. The interior come with aluminum pedals, red stitching, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Sport also gets a unique drive mode for sharper engine response.

Look for the 2020 Subaru Legacy to hit dealers in the fall of 2019.

Exact pricing is still forthcoming, but shouldn’t rise too far beyond the current model’s starting MSRP of $22,545.

2020 Subaru Legacy Competition

Honda Accord

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Matching bullet-proof reliability with high value for money, the Honda Accord is a staple of the mid-size sedan segment. The latest model year comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 192 horsepower, or you can upgrade to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 252 horsepower. Alternatively, you can go green with a hybrid four-cylinder if so inclined. Routing output to the front axle is either a 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. Inside, infotainment duties are handled by a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen, but an 8.0-incher is also offered. Upgrade to the larger screen, and you’ll also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s also a number of standard safety tech features, including lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Finally, the Accord bests the Legacy in terms of cargo space with 17 cubic-feet, two cubic-feet more than what you get in the Subaru. Pricing starts at $23,720.

Read our full review on the 2018 Honda Accord.

Mazda 6

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While the Legacy’s new turbocharged powerplant and updated chassis promise to inject some fun into the nameplate, the Mazda 6 might be the better buy if driving dynamics are high on your list of priorities. Engine options include a pair of 2.5-liter four-cylinders, one of which is naturally aspirated, and one of which is turbocharged. The latter of those two powerplants doles out an impressive 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, with output routed to the front axle by way of either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic. Go for the atmospheric powerplant, and you’ll have 187 horses to play with. Outside, Mazda’s latest Kodo design language looks good, while the cabin is equally aesthetically pleasing. Tech highlights include an 8.0-inch touchscreen and available adaptive cruise control. Pricing starts at $21,950.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda 6.

Final Thoughts

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All told, the 2020 Subaru Legacy makes for a rather tempting offer. For starters, it’s expected to be quite competitively priced, with loads of equipment and technology both as standard and on the options list. This is especially the case with this latest model year update. And don’t forget the standard all-wheel drive system you get across the line, which is something you won’t find elsewhere in the segment. Finally, Subaru addressed one of the biggest issues of the outgoing model by adding turbocharged power to the lineup. Mercifully, the Legacy is decently quick with the right option box ticked.

However, nothing is perfect, least of all the 2020 Subaru Legacy. For starters, I can’t help but question why the Sport trim level doesn’t come with the turbo engine option - after all, glossy black trim and 18-inch wheels does not automatically equate to a performance model.

What’s more, we feel as though the styling really blends into the crowd, even with the latest model update. The Legacy’s exterior still lacks any defining styling characteristics, and that’s a problem when the competition is much more easily recognizable in a big parking lot.

Speaking of the competition, it’s looking pretty stiff. Add in the fact sedans aren’t as popular as other segments right now, and the Legacy has its work cut out for it. However, given its offering as a smart, comfortable, tech-savvy mid-size sedan with loads of value for the money and standard all-wheel drive, this Scooby has more than a fighting chance.

  • New turbocharged powerplant is more powerful, faster, and more fuel efficient
  • Nice interior tech, more premium appointment
  • High value for money
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Not-so-sporty Sport model
  • Uninspiring styling
  • Driver monitor is a bit creepy
  • Non-turbo engine is slooow

Further Reading

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2020 Subaru Legacy Brings New Engine and Tech to Chicago

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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Legacy.

Old versus New: How different is the 2020 Subaru Legacy to its predecessor?
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Old versus New: How different is the 2020 Subaru Legacy to its predecessor?

Subaru of America today introduced the all-new seventh-generation 2020 Legacy sedan – the most advanced Legacy in the model’s 30-year history. With standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology as well as available tablet-style high-definition 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK™ multimedia screen, DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System and new XT models with 260 horsepower, the 2020 Legacy offers greater technology, performance, safety and refinement than ever before.

Built on the Subaru Global Platform, which offers increased safety, dynamics and quietness not to mention reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), the Legacy will be available in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT and Touring XT models when it goes on sale at Subaru retailers this fall. New XT designations mark the return of a turbocharged engine to the Legacy lineup, thanks to a 260-horsepower 2.4-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER® engine, while other models sport an enhanced 182-horsepower 2.5-liter direct-injection BOXER engine. Every 2020 Legacy features a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), auto stop/start and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with Active Torque Vectoring.

STOUT STRUCTURE AND SAFETY
Introduced for 2017, the Subaru Global Platform has been optimized for the midsize Legacy, boasting a structure that is 70-percent stiffer in both torsional and front-suspension rigidity and 100-percent stiffer in both front lateral flexural and rear subframe rigidity compared to the previous Legacy’s platform. Notable contributors to the increased stiffness include a 13-percent jump in ultra-high-tensile-strength steel, a 371-percent increase in structural adhesive (compared to initial iteration of the Subaru Global Platform) and, for the first time in a Subaru, a floor crossmember that is filled with a highly rigid and lightweight two-part foam material. In another Subaru first, the Legacy utilizes a full inner frame construction in which only the outer panels are welded to the structure after the entire body framework is assembled, unlike a conventional manufacturing process in which the upper and under bodies are assembled separately and then joined. This new inner frame construction is significantly stiffer and lighter than the previous Legacy’s conventional structure.

The Legacy’s stiffened platform pays multiple dividends in the real world. Along with a strengthened suspension and lowered center of gravity, the Legacy’s improved body rigidity provides more responsive steering and handling, smoother and quieter ride, and heightened hazard avoidance in emergency situations. Crash protection, too, is markedly improved, as the new body absorbs over 40-percent more energy in front/side crashes than the current model. When a crash is unavoidable, the Legacy protects with eight standard airbags, including a driver knee airbag. Subaru expects the Legacy to achieve top safety scores when it is tested later this year, including a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Passive safety is only part of the protection equation, and the Legacy once again leads its segment in active safety technology. Standard on all trims is EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, now equipped for the first time in the U.S. with Lane Centering Function. When using EyeSight’s Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control feature, Lane Centering Function provides steering assist when the vehicle veers outside its lane, helping the driver maintain a direct path. DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, optional on Limited and standard on both XT trims, uses a dedicated camera and facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction. If the system detects the driver is distracted or dozing off, a warning will display on both the combination meter and 11.6-inch screen to alert driver and passengers.

In another Legacy first, the 2020 model offers a Front View Monitor. Standard on the Touring XT, the Front View Monitor captures images within the driver’s blind spots in front of the vehicle and displays a 180-degree view on the 11.6-inch display, providing safety and assistance when checking road conditions ahead or parking. Additional available driver-assist technologies include LED Steering Responsive Headlamps (Limited, Touring), Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE
For the first time since 2012, the Legacy lineup will feature a turbocharged engine. Standard on XT models, the 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine delivers brisk acceleration and robust all-around performance, with 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque from 2,000-4,800 rpm. Mated to a high-torque Lineartronic CVT with manual mode and steering wheel paddle control switches, the 2.4-liter BOXER launches Legacy XT from 0-60 mph in an estimated 6.1 seconds. Fuel economy for the turbo is equally impressive, with a manufacturer’s estimation of 24/32 mpg city/highway. For 2020, the Legacy’s CVT hydraulic system features a lower viscosity oil that reduces horsepower loss by 32 percent compared to the previous model’s CVT, helping the new model achieve both higher fuel economy and greater driving performance.

Opting for a non-turbo Legacy doesn’t mean sacrificing rewarding performance. The standard naturally aspirated engine is the thoroughly revised 2.5-liter BOXER that debuted in the 2019 Forester. With direct injection and nearly 90 percent of its parts new, the 2.5-liter puts out 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Paired with a Lineartronic CVT, the 2.5-liter BOXER delivers estimated 0-60-mph acceleration of 8.4 seconds and, with the assistance of standard Active Grille Shutters, manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy of 27/35 mpg city/highway.

Complementing the more powerful and refined powertrains is an all-new suspension that is lighter, stronger and more responsive. The front suspension utilizes MacPherson struts with new internal rebound spring, aluminum lower L-arms and new 23mm hollow stabilizer bar. In back, the rear suspension features a double-wishbone layout with subframe, coil springs and new 19mm hollow stabilizer bar. Combined with grippy V-rated all-season tires on 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, the 2020 Legacy has achieved the highest levels of dynamic performance and ride comfort in its history.

UPSCALE, TECH-LADEN INTERIOR
Front and center, and highlighting Legacy’s upscale interior, is an all-new tablet-style 11.6-inch Full HD multimedia display, the largest, most advanced infotainment screen ever in a Subaru. Standard on Premium, Sport and Limited, the 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus offers direct touch controls for multimedia, HVAC and vehicle settings, and includes Near Field Communication to its list of features. Like with a smartphone, app icons 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® (3-year free map updates) and voice activated navigation, and is optional for Premium, Sport and Limited and standard for Touring. A Subaru-first split-screen display can simultaneously show two types of information – e.g., navigation and audio – for improved user interaction. Both the Multimedia Plus and Multimedia with Navigation feature two rotary dial knobs, including one for audio volume. The Base model also gets an all-new multimedia system, with dual 7.0-inch Wide Video Graphics Array (WVGA) displays that split multimedia and HVAC controls.

SUBARU STARLINK In-Vehicle Technology offers an integrated cockpit experience by allowing the driver to control entertainment and vehicle settings through a large touchscreen display. All STARLINK multimedia systems for the 2020 Legacy offer a high-resolution touchscreen; new on-screen controls for audio, HVAC and vehicle features; combination meter integration; smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™, Android™ Auto and new STARLINK SmartDeviceLink™ apps; Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; Rear Vision Camera; SiriusXM® All Access Radio (4-month free subscription) and SiriusXM Travel Link® (3-year free subscription); HD Radio® and over-the-air updates as standard.

For the first time in Legacy, available in-car Wi-Fi connectivity provides smooth internet access via high-speed LTE™ communications, broadening the range of entertainment options available to rear-seat occupants using smart devices. For safety, security and convenience, SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services offers three packages that are among the most affordable in the industry. The STARLINK Safety Plus package includes SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance notifications, monthly vehicle health report and diagnostic alerts (3-year free subscription). For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus package adds remote engine start with climate control and heated seats (on models equipped with Keyless Access and push-button start), stolen vehicle recovery service, vehicle security alarm notification, remote lock/unlock, remote horn and lights, remote vehicle locator and parenting features including boundary, speed and curfew alerts (6-month free trial). The STARLINK Concierge package adds the convenience of in-vehicle assistance with restaurant and hotel reservations, purchasing tickets for sporting/theater events and scheduling service appointments.
Framing the large multimedia screen is a new multilayer instrument panel featuring a soft-touch wrapped surface with available real double-stitching for a high-quality appearance. The wrapped surface material and stitching employ the same color combination as the seats and door trim for a uniform look and feel. Limited and Touring models feature 10-way power front seats with lumbar support, adjustable cushion length (driver only) and heated front/rear seats. For 2020, seat heaters come with three levels of temperature adjustment as well as extended coverage up to the shoulders for improved comfort. Touring models add ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel, with the latter optional on Limited. An available 12-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system, with Clari-Fi™ compressed audio restoration technology and GreenEdge™ high-efficiency speakers and amplifier, delivers premium sound.

Enjoying the high-end audio can be fully realized thanks to a serene cabin that is almost 3 dB quieter at highway speeds. Subaru engineers worked extensively to find ways to reduce unwanted noise coming into the cabin, fitting the Legacy with new door weather strips that feature a baffle in the mid-section and dual lips on the roof side for improved quietness. Even the weather strip mounting structure was modified to reduce mounting variation and improve sound insulation. Sound-insulated glass, which uses a sound-insulating inner film for the windshield and front-door glass, has been adopted, while glass thickness all around has been increased for class-leading quietness.

Comfort and convenience in the Legacy have been optimized, with increases in front shoulder room, front/rear hip room and rear legroom. For powering and pairing personal devices, passengers can utilize four USB ports (two front, two rear) plus one auxiliary input jack in front. Further, all Legacy models except for the Base receive two 12-volt DC power sockets (one in center console, one in glove box).

BOLD DESIGN
Following a “Dynamic x Solid” philosophy, Subaru designers incorporated a “Bold in Movement” concept when penning the new Legacy. The result is an expressive, sleek silhouette that appears to be in motion, even when stopped. With larger thickness in profile panel surfaces and a thicker appearance from the raised trunk surface, which has a smooth connection to the C-pillar, the Legacy embodies solid toughness and a dynamic active image. Wider fenders emphasize tire and wheel presence, while a frameless hexagonal grille and a lower grille intake that is molded to evoke the image of an aircraft add width and sportiness to the Legacy’s aggressive stance. A reworked side-mirror design improves not only appearance but also aerodynamics and quietness. The side mirrors can also be interlocked with seat position memory, reducing the time required to adjust mirrors before driving. In addition, the Touring trim offers power folding and reverse interlocked tilt-down functions for the side mirrors.

Epitomizing Legacy’s “Bold in Movement” concept are new Touring and updated Sport models. The Touring, standard with the 2.4-liter turbo BOXER, leverages luxurious appointments inside and out, including genuine Nappa leather (a Subaru first), high-gloss black molding for the pillars, chrome plating decorated door handles and satin tone plated side mirrors. The Sport, standard with the 2.5-liter BOXER, boasts a performance-oriented exterior that features an exclusive rear bumper, front grille with high-gloss black bar, high-gloss black side mirrors, trunk lid spoiler and dark metallic 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the Sport comes with aluminum pedals as well as red stitching on the instrument panel, door trim, seats, shift lever boot and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Sport also adopts an SI-DRIVE switch for varying engine output characteristics between I (Intelligent) and S# (Sport Sharp) modes, with S# offering increased acceleration response.

GO-ANYWHERE USABILITY
The Legacy wouldn’t be a Subaru if it didn’t offer the go-anywhere usability that has long been a brand hallmark. With 15.1 cu ft of cargo capacity and 1.4 inches of additional cargo floor length, the trunk in the 2020 Legacy can comfortably hold four full-size roller bags, giving it the functionality to match that of many small crossovers. For additional cargo versatility, the Legacy offers standard mounting brackets on the roof for quick installation of a rack, box or tray, making it easy to load surfboards, canoes and other equipment.

The 2020 Legacy will arrive at Subaru retailers this fall, with pricing announced closer to the on-sale date.

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