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This year ushers in an all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy that offers more power and technology than before yet also stays true to its core principles. As a midsize family sedan, the Legacy distinguishes itself with standard all-wheel drive, a trait that defines many Subarus and gives them the added assurance over less-than-ideal road conditions. This seventh-generation model also benefits from a new turbocharged engine as well as a striking 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen.
Overall, the new Legacy meets expectations for the class, with high levels of comfort and a long list of driver-assist features. Unfortunately, we've experienced some issues with the infotainment system that have soured the experience, so we suggest paying close attention to tech features when evaluating the Legacy for yourself.
If you live in regions prone to inclement weather, the Legacy is an excellent choice for its all-wheel drive, but the technical issues have us suggesting the other top sedans in the class for other areas. These alternatives include the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima.
All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)
F 42.8"/R 39.5"
F 39.4"/R 37.2"
All-wheel-drive traction: The benefits of all-wheel drive are well documented. With power sent to all four wheels, vehicles are able to accelerate and corner with improved traction and confidence whether the road is wet or dry. Subarus such as the Legacy are known for including all-wheel drive, which is why they're so popular in areas prone to inclement weather.
Smooth ride and comfortable seats: The Legacy's suspension is tuned on the softer side to provide a more comfortable ride quality that smooths over the bumps in the road. Thankfully, it's not overly soft; it remains composed when cornering and doesn't feel floaty on the highway. The seats further enhance comfort, with generous padding that should keep you fatigue-free on long road trips.
Turbo power: The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque and is noticeably more powerful than the base engine. We think it's worth the cost to upgrade to the XT trims just to get this engine because it offers a good balance of power and fuel efficiency. It's powerful enough to accelerate the Legacy to 60 mph in just 6 seconds, which is a quick time for its class.
Computer glitches: The Legacy's infotainment system has been a source of annoyance for some users, as frequent malfunctions and crashes have been reported. Somewhat unusually, even Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are not immune. Although the Legacy comes equipped with a wide range of driver-assist features, the forward collision warning has occasionally triggered false alarms, and the adaptive cruise control can be quite harsh with its throttle and brake applications.
4.8 out of 54 customer reviews
RepairPal gave the Subaru Legacy an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Subaru Legacy 18th out of 30 among Midsize Cars.View RepairPal's full rating of the Subaru Legacy
The 2020 Subaru Legacy is available in multiple trims, each with its own estimated fuel economy, here are the EPA estimates for each trim:
The Subaru Legacy received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from RepairPal, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Subaru Legacy as 17 out of 30 among Midsize Car
The 2020 Subaru Legacy has received an average 4.8 out of 5 stars from our customers. If you're in the market for a 2020 Subaru Legacy, check out reviews from customers just like you. 2020 Subaru Legacy Reviews.
Here is what's new for the 2020 Subaru Legacy: