2020 Subaru Legacy - Where the Present Meets the Future
Launched at the Chicago auto show, the 2020 Subaru Legacy is the seventh generation of the Japanese auto maker's popular mid-size sedan. The model offers numerous new features, but, as the name suggests, it also leverages the experience gained during the brand's 30-year history, the redesigned model being true to the Legacy Sedan tradition, while also being a superbly equipped, comfortable and reliable modern car that gives the driver a unique driving experience. The line-up includes 6 trims: the Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT and Touring models.

New Body & Cabin Design

What’s New on the Body and in the Cabin of the 2020 Subaru Legacy

Subaru designers have decided to implement minor, but important changes on the new version. The body of the new Legacy is sleeker, the details are more subtle than on the previous-year version, the 2019 Subaru Legacy, but the design direction is clearly recognizable The grille on the 2020 model is more assertive, the headlights add more character, the roofline is more fluid, conferring more aerodynamics and an easy-to-recognize style. The back has also been redesigned, adding more trunk space.  The changes are more conspicuous on the inside. The 8-inch infotainment screen on the previous version has been replaced with a much larger, 11.6-inch, tablet-style, portrait-oriented unit connected to the Starlink infotainment system on all members of the line-up, except the base trim. The new interior has been fitted with metallic accents, soft-touch materials and visible stitches.
Comfort has also been taken one step forward: the heated driver’s seat now comes with three temperature settings, with the heating going up all the way to the shoulders. Connectivity features now include two USB ports in the back and two in the front, two DC outlets at 12V and an auxiliary jack.

New Engine Options

Engine Options and Powertrain Technology on the 2020 Subaru Legacy

The 2020 Subaru Legacy line-up maintains the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, but no longer uses the 3.6-liter, six-cylinder variant, the place of the well-known Subaru engine being taken by a 2.4-liter, turbocharged boxer, able to deliver 260 HP (up from the 3.6-liter engine’s 256 HP). The 2.5-liter heart has been refreshed a bit, too, now delivering 182 HP, a serious improvement compared to the 175 HP that the engine on the previous version was able to put out.  The great engines are paired with a high-torque Lineatronic continuous variable transmission (CVT) that ensures superior driving performance. The trims fitted with the 2.4-liter turbo boxer jump to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, while the trims that use the 2.5-liter non-turbo accelerate to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.  Other important technologic solutions include the stronger and lighter new suspension system uses that McPherson struts, lower L-arms made from special aluminum alloys and the auto stop-start function, incorporated into all new Legacy models. One of the features that distinguish the modern Subaru construction is the symmetrical all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring, a component the improves the efficiency of multiple sub-systems, making for superb stability and ensuring responsiveness amidst any driving conditions by optimizing both balance and traction. The system distributes power to all four wheels all the time to make sure the vehicles maintains its stable connection with the road surface.

Subaru Global Platform Structure

Structural Features and Safety of the 2020 Subaru Legacy

All Legacy Sedan models are built on the same Subaru Global Platform that has been long known for its reliability, comfort and performance, but the platform itself has undergone several important changes since it was introduced in 2017.  Subaru has come up with some great solutions to enhance safety with the 2020 Subaru Legacy at a structural level. Rigidity has been enhanced all around, including torsional, front-suspension, lateral as well as rear frame rigidity. The improvement is achieved with the special, ultra-high-tensile-strength steel body, with the floor crossmember and with the special manufacturing technology that replaces the traditional method of assembling the upper and the lower body separately and then joining them with a process that involves the assembly of the inner framework in one go and welding only the outer panels.  These ingenious new solutions that lead to enhanced rigidity come with other perks, too: the new Legacy responds better to steering, the ride is smoother, quieter and safer, too, the rigid body being able to absorb 40% more energy on the sides and on the front side.  Safety is further enhanced through the advanced safety suite, the Subaru Eyesight, offered as standard equipment across the line-up. The Eyesight package has been designed to ensure the highest level of driving and maneuvering safety and includes a vast array of features, such as blind-spot detection, rear cross traffic alertadaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and forward collision warning, to mention just a few of the features that serve the purpose of ensuring safety on any types of road, in any weather.

Walk Around Video From Chicago Auto Show

2020 Subaru Legacy Preview Video From The Chicago Auto Show