2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Legacy Photos
OJAI, Calif. — No brand has benefited more from the crossover boom than Subaru. Subaru’s spectacular rise – from fewer than 100,000 sales in 1995, to a record pace of roughly 700,000 this year – was fueled largely by all-wheel-drive crossovers like the Outback and Forester, as the American market basically fell into Subaru’s lap. But unlike some competitors, Subaru is keeping full faith in sedans, as evidenced by the all-new 2020 Legacy. Its impressive redesign underlines the advantages of the humble family sedan, from a more-affordable price to superior fuel economy. In true Subaru fashion, or perhaps anti-fashion, the Legacy’s self-effacing styling  that's hard to distinguish from its predecessor won’t blow anyone away. But look past the workaday sheetmetal, and you’ll find a decisively improved sedan. It’s roomier than any class rival save the Accord, notably quiet and lavishly appointed, too. Consider the standard Eyesight suite of accident avoidance tech and a driver-monitoring system that’s still AWOL on most luxury cars, including Teslas. And the 2020 Legacy is a solid value, at $23,645 to start. That undercuts the most-affordable Accord by nearly $1,000, and the Camry by $1,120 – and that’s despite the Legacy’s standard, full-time all-wheel drive, which has few peers in this segment. The 2020 Nissan Altima S AWD starts well north of the base Legacy, at $26,345, and although it’s slightly more powerful than the Subaru, it's not enough to justify the premium. So if you buy a Legacy, it’s like getting AWD for free, if you’d care to look at it that way. (Subaru certainly would). [slideshow id='2163729'] The Legacy’s exterior may have people stifling yawns, but the interior will have them catching their breath. Subaru’s new 11.6-inch, tablet-style multimedia touchscreen is a revelation for a brand that’s been notorious for antiquated infotainment. The vertically-oriented infotainment system from automotive supplier Dens) instantly becomes the one to beat among mainstream sedans, featuring a powerful and fast dedicated processor, sharply rendered and ultra-legible navigation mapping, and beautifully intuitive operation for media and apps.  The clean digital presentation still leaves room for key analog controls, including an audio volume knob and climate control temperature buttons — welcome news for those who wear gloves in winter weather.  Natural-speech voice controls are improved, and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite radio are standard on all trim levels. WiFi is also aboard. Available apps, through the cloud-based Starlink telematics system, include some naturals for this outdoorsy brand: eBird is a clever, crowd-sourced bird watching app, developed in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, while Chimani's National Parks app offers detailed information on all 59 national parks, including more than 400 points-of-interest. Uplevel models add a 12-speaker, Harman Kardon audio system with Clari-Fi technology to boost sound from compressed files. A pair of 7-inch screens are stacked atop each other, Infiniti-style, in base versions but all others get the Tesla-like screen. That striking display unit takes center stage in a Legacy cabin that shows new attention to detail and fit-and-finish, including …
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OJAI, Calif. — No brand has benefited more from the crossover boom than Subaru. Subaru’s spectacular rise – from fewer than 100,000 sales in 1995, to a record pace of roughly 700,000 this year – was fueled largely by all-wheel-drive crossovers like the Outback and Forester, as the American market basically fell into Subaru’s lap. But unlike some competitors, Subaru is keeping full faith in sedans, as evidenced by the all-new 2020 Legacy. Its impressive redesign underlines the advantages of the humble family sedan, from a more-affordable price to superior fuel economy. In true Subaru fashion, or perhaps anti-fashion, the Legacy’s self-effacing styling  that's hard to distinguish from its predecessor won’t blow anyone away. But look past the workaday sheetmetal, and you’ll find a decisively improved sedan. It’s roomier than any class rival save the Accord, notably quiet and lavishly appointed, too. Consider the standard Eyesight suite of accident avoidance tech and a driver-monitoring system that’s still AWOL on most luxury cars, including Teslas. And the 2020 Legacy is a solid value, at $23,645 to start. That undercuts the most-affordable Accord by nearly $1,000, and the Camry by $1,120 – and that’s despite the Legacy’s standard, full-time all-wheel drive, which has few peers in this segment. The 2020 Nissan Altima S AWD starts well north of the base Legacy, at $26,345, and although it’s slightly more powerful than the Subaru, it's not enough to justify the premium. So if you buy a Legacy, it’s like getting AWD for free, if you’d care to look at it that way. (Subaru certainly would). [slideshow id='2163729'] The Legacy’s exterior may have people stifling yawns, but the interior will have them catching their breath. Subaru’s new 11.6-inch, tablet-style multimedia touchscreen is a revelation for a brand that’s been notorious for antiquated infotainment. The vertically-oriented infotainment system from automotive supplier Dens) instantly becomes the one to beat among mainstream sedans, featuring a powerful and fast dedicated processor, sharply rendered and ultra-legible navigation mapping, and beautifully intuitive operation for media and apps.  The clean digital presentation still leaves room for key analog controls, including an audio volume knob and climate control temperature buttons — welcome news for those who wear gloves in winter weather.  Natural-speech voice controls are improved, and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite radio are standard on all trim levels. WiFi is also aboard. Available apps, through the cloud-based Starlink telematics system, include some naturals for this outdoorsy brand: eBird is a clever, crowd-sourced bird watching app, developed in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, while Chimani's National Parks app offers detailed information on all 59 national parks, including more than 400 points-of-interest. Uplevel models add a 12-speaker, Harman Kardon audio system with Clari-Fi technology to boost sound from compressed files. A pair of 7-inch screens are stacked atop each other, Infiniti-style, in base versions but all others get the Tesla-like screen. That striking display unit takes center stage in a Legacy cabin that shows new attention to detail and fit-and-finish, including …
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$22,745 - $35,895 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 2.5LH-4
MPG 27 City / 35 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission Lineartronic 8-spd CVT w/OD
Power 182 @ 5800 rpm
Drivetrain all wheel
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