Subaru Legacy since has always played second fiddle to its Outback wagon sling. The Outback has co-opted for car buyers' laws of SUVs to generate more sales, the Legacy has had to fight against the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry for a slice of the ever-shrinking sedan pie. But the redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy, which debuts at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, makes a strong case for itself.
It may not look different but the 2020 Legacy is totally new inside and out. The sedan migrates to the Subaru Global Platform that debuted with the current-generation Impreza, and is also used by the Forester, Crosstrek, and Ascent. So far, we've been impressed with Subarus based on this platform, which is well for the new Legacy. Expect the 2020 Legacy to spawn a new outback as well as that vehicle is essentially a Legacy wagon on stilts. Subaru did not change its traditional powertrain recipe, keeping the Legacy's boxer engines and standard all-wheel drive. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is pulled from the Forester and makes 1
The 2020 Legacy will also be available with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 260 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Subaru claims 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, and 24 mpg / 32 mpg city / highway. The first turbocharged engine offered in Subaru's midsize sedan since 2012, brings back memories of the old Legacy GT performance models. But unlike those cars, the 2020 Legacy won't be available with a manual transmission. A CVT is the only option for both engines.
The Legacy ogogets more tech in the cabin. The available 11.6-inch touchscreen is the largest ever offered in a Subaru. Its portrait orientation apes tablets, and it includes a split-screen function that can show two types of information at once, such as navigation and audio. The large size of the screen also enables a new Front View Monitor feature that shows a 180-degree view around the front of the car. The Legacy also gets a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot for the first time, while Apple CarPlay and Android carry over as standard features.
As before, the Legacy is available with Subaru's EyeSight camera-based driver-assist system . In addition to the previously available adaptive cruise control, the system adds a lane-center function for 2020. The Legacy also gets the driver-attention monitor that debuted in the Forester. It uses a driver-facing camera and facial recognition software to detect signs of distraction or fatigue
The 2020 Subaru Legacy goes on sale this fall. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.