2020 Legacy New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan is new, with a sleeker body, a state-of-the-art 11.6-inch touchscreen in top models, a quieter cabin with softer materials including nappa leather for the first time, and two new engines, with the base engine still bringing 30 mpg or more.
The base engine is a 2.5-liter flat-4 that makes 182 horsepower mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive. The Limited XT and Touring XT models use a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 that makes 260 hp while being considerably less fuel-efficient.
Few if any sedans at this price are as quiet and comfortable as the Legacy. It's quite roomy, with excellent leg room in the rear and a decent-sized trunk with a wider opening for 2020.
The EPA rates the Legacy at 27 mpg city, 35 highway, 30 combined. The more powerful turbo is rated at 24/32/27 mpg.
The Legacy earns near-perfect safety scores. The NHTSA gives it five stars overall, and the IIHS calls it a Top Safety Pick+. Every Legacy is equipped with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. Blind-spot monitors and rear automatic emergency braking are optional.
The Legacy comes in base, Premium, Limited, Limited XT, Sport, and Touring XT trims.
Starting at $23,645 including destination, the base Legacy gets cloth seats, dual 7.0-inch touchscreens for vehicle functions and infotainment including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, LED headlights, active safety features, two USB ports, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, and automatic climate control.
The Legacy Premium, at $25,895, gets the new 11.6-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and four USB ports. Keyless ignition, navigation, blind-spot monitors, and a moonroof are optional.
The Limited brings the availability of the turbo-4 engine, for $4,450 more.
The Touring XT, at $36,795, comes standard with that engine. It adds nappa leather, 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, sound-deadening front windows, a forward-facing camera, a driver-attention monitor, and four USB ports.