Subaru has unveiled its all-new 2020 Legacy at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, hoping to challenge the likes of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Mazda6 with a car that’s technically superior to its predecessor.
Among its highlights, we count the new XT models with a 260 HP 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine, an upgraded 182 HP 2.5-liter Boxer engine, 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment display, higher quality interior and new active safety tech.
Even though the 2020 Legacy doesn’t look all that brand new from a visual stand point, the car is actually different. For starters, it has wider fenders and a higher trunk surface for a more dynamic stance. There are also new side mirrors, in case anyone noticed. Overall though, this new model isn’t just instantly recognizable as a Subaru, but as a Legacy too.
It is however more practical than before, with 15.1 cu.ft (427 liters) of cargo capacity and 1.4 inches (3.55 cm) of additional cargo floor length.
Perhaps more important than its minor styling updates are the new Touring and updated Sport models. The Touring comes standard with the new 2.4-liter turbo Boxer, boasts genuine Nappa leather (a Subaru first), high-gloss black molding for the pillars, chrome for the door handles and satin tone plated side mirrors. Meanwhile, the Sport has the 2.5-liter Boxer unit as standard, and features an exclusive rear bumper, front grille with high-gloss black bar, high-gloss black side mirrors, a trunk lid spoiler and dark metallic 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, there are aluminum pedals and red stitching on the instrument panel, door trim, seats, shift lever boot and on the leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The most advanced Legacy ever
Not only is the interior of the 2020 Legacy more upscale than in any other iteration of the mid-size sedan, but it also features loads of safety and connectivity systems, accessible through a large tablet-style 11.6-inch full HD touchscreen display, which comes standard on Premium, Sport and Limited spec models.
Buyers will also enjoy Subaru Starlink in-vehicle tech, which comes with smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, new Starlink SmartDeviceLink apps, Bluetooth, audio streaming, AM/FM stereo, Rear Vision Camera, Sirius XM radio and Travel Link, HD Radio and over-the-air updates as standard. There’s also available in-car Wi-Fi connectivity, for the first time in a Legacy – which you’ll need in order to utilize features such as the Starlink Concierge package, allowing you to make restaurant and hotel reservations, purchase tickets, schedule appointments and so on.
In terms of specs, Limited and Touring versions come with 10-way power front seats with lumbar support, and seat heaters with three levels of temperature adjustment. Touring models add ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel (optional on Limited), while a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system is there to compliment complement the 3 dB quieter cabin, which has grown to boast more shoulder room, front/rear hip room and rear legroom.
Keeping you safe
The all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy doesn’t just feature a wide range of active safety systems, it’s also much improved compared to its predecessor when it comes to passive safety. Its new platform is 70% stiffer in both torsional and front-suspension rigidity, and 100% stiffer in both front lateral flexural and rear subframe rigidity. The car also has a lower center of gravity, and the body is said to absorb over 40% more energy in front and side crashes than before.
As for what the electronics can do, systems such as EyeSight Driver Assist with Lane Centering Function are now standard. Then there’s the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation system (optional on Limited and standard on both XT trims), a Front View Monitor, LED Steering Responsive headlights, Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Subaru expects its new Legacy to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) later this year.
This 7th-gen Legacy is the first-ever Legacy to feature a turbocharged engine. It has a displacement of 2.4-liters and produces 260 HP and 277 lb-ft (375 Nm) of torque. With the help of a Lineartronic CVT transmission, it can take you from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in an estimated 6.1 seconds. As for fuel economy, Subaru expects around 24/32 mpg (9.8 / 7.3 l/100 km) in the city and highway respectively.
You can still get a non-turbo Legacy, of course, if you opt for the revised 2.5-liter Boxer engine, which debuted on the 2019 Forester. It puts down 182 HP and 176 lb-ft (238 Nm) of torque for a 0-60 acceleration time of 8.4 seconds and a 27/35 mpg (8.7 / 6.7 l/100 km) city/highway rating.
The 2020 Subaru Legacy will arrive at retailers this fall, with pricing to be announced at a later date.
Update: Live photos from the Chicago Auto Show added to the gallery