The 2020 Subaru Legacy is all-new with updates throughout to entice sedan buyers. Its biggest challenge is that the number of people looking for a sedan is dwindling by the day. Selling a sedan isn’t just a matter of making a better sedan than the other guy, it’s about convincing people they want a sedan rather than a crossover or SUV. The Subaru Legacy offers a compelling argument.
Updated styling give it plenty of curb appeal. It avoids being bland or boring while not trying too hard to be a sports car, something far too many sedans are guilty of today. Overly aggressive grilles and styling better suited to a hot hatch are thankfully nowhere to be found on the Legacy.
Power comes from a choice of two engines starting with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a turbocharged option for the first time since 2012 with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that has 260 horsepower with 277 lb-ft of torque. Either choice comes paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission.
We spent our drive time with the smaller engine in the Premium trim, which is one step up from the base in the six-trim Legacy lineup. Sure, the turbocharged version has more horsepower and is a more responsive sedan, but the base engine is more than capable. All-wheel drive is standard on every Legacy so it’s ready for winter weather.
It responds quickly when you press the accelerator with a minimum of engine noise under hard acceleration. Getting a little extra power for highway passing is not a problem and handling is even and centered leaving the driver relaxed and in control.
Standard interior amenities on the Premium include a 10-way power driver’s seat, heated seats for the driver and front passenger, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever. It’s a comfortable and attractive interior with roomy rear seats that easily accommodate three adults. A spacious trunk with 15.1 cubic feet for cargo easily holds the family luggage.
Infotainment on all but the base Legacy features an 11.6-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The tablet-style screen is easy to see and easy to use with intuitive menus that help reduce driver distraction. Navigation and Wi-Fi connectivity are available on select trims.
Standard safety includes automatic emergency braking and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. EyeSight Assist Monitor, which features a head up display for warnings and status updates, is also standard on the Legacy.
Pricing for the Legacy starts at an affordable $22,745 for the base trim with a modest increase to $24,995 for the Premium. Turbocharged models start at $34,195 making them a bit harder on the budget.
The 2020 Subaru Legacy offers a wide range of trims, a comfortable and attractive interior, and good standard safety. Those buyers considering a sedan would do well to give the Legacy a test drive.