Subaru introduced the all-new seventh-generation 2020 Legacy sedan – the most advanced Legacy in the model’s 30-year history. With standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology as well as available tablet-style high-definition 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK multimedia screen, DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System and new XT models with 260 horsepower, the 2020 Subaru Legacy offers greater technology, performance, safety and refinement than ever before.
Built on the Subaru Global Platform, which offers increased safety, dynamics and quietness not to mention reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), the Legacy will be available in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT and Touring XT models. New XT designations mark the return of a turbocharged engine to the Legacy lineup, thanks to a 260-hp 2.4-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER engine, while other models sport an enhanced 182-hp 2.5-liter direct-injection BOXER engine. Every 2020 Legacy features a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), auto stop/start and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with Active Torque Vectoring. The 2020 Subaru Outback is expected to go on sale before the end of the year and is set for a fall release date.
NEW FOR 2019:
- New XT models with 260-horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine
- Upgraded 182-horsepower 2.5-liter BOXER engine
- New tablet-style high-definition STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia infotainment system
- Refined, cavernous interior featuring high-grade materials
- New Touring trim with genuine Nappa leather
- Available new segment-exclusive DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System
- Advanced, dynamic look with wider fenders and higher trunk surface
Following a “Dynamic x Solid” philosophy, Subaru designers incorporated a “Bold in Movement” concept when penning the new Legacy. The result is an expressive, sleek silhouette that appears to be in motion, even when stopped. With larger thickness in profile panel surfaces and a thicker appearance from the raised trunk surface, which has a smooth connection to the C-pillar, the Legacy embodies solid toughness and a dynamic active image. Wider fenders emphasize tire and wheel presence, while a frameless hexagonal grille and a lower grille intake that is molded to evoke the image of an aircraft add width and sportiness to the Legacy’s aggressive stance. A reworked side-mirror design improves not only appearance but also aerodynamics and quietness. The side mirrors can also be interlocked with seat position memory, reducing the time required to adjust mirrors before driving. In addition, the Touring trim offers power folding and reverse interlocked tilt-down functions for the side mirrors.
Epitomizing the 2020 Subaru Legacy “Bold in Movement” concept are new Touring and updated Sport models. The Touring, standard with the 2.4-liter turbo BOXER, leverages luxurious appointments inside and out, including genuine Nappa leather (a Subaru first), high-gloss black molding for the pillars, chrome plating decorated door handles and satin tone plated side mirrors. The Sport, standard with the 2.5-liter BOXER, boasts a performance-oriented exterior that features an exclusive rear bumper, front grille with high-gloss black bar, high-gloss black side mirrors, trunk lid spoiler and dark metallic 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the Sport comes with aluminum pedals as well as red stitching on the instrument panel, door trim, seats, shift lever boot and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Sport also adopts an SI-DRIVE switch for varying engine output characteristics between I (Intelligent) and S# (Sport Sharp) modes, with S# offering increased acceleration response.
For the first time since 2012, the 2020 Subaru Legacy lineup will feature a turbocharged engine. Standard on XT models, the 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine delivers brisk acceleration and robust all-around performance, with 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque from 2,000-4,800 rpm. Mated to a high-torque Lineartronic CVT with manual mode and steering wheel paddle control switches, the 2.4-liter BOXER launches Legacy XT from 0-60 mph in an estimated 6.1 seconds. Fuel economy for the turbo is equally impressive, with a manufacturer’s estimation of 24/32 mpg city/highway. For 2020, the Legacy’s CVT hydraulic system features a lower viscosity oil that reduces horsepower loss by 32 percent compared to the previous model’s CVT, helping the new model achieve both higher fuel economy and greater driving performance.
Opting for a non-turbo Legacy doesn’t mean sacrificing rewarding performance. The standard naturally aspirated engine is the thoroughly revised 2.5-liter BOXER that debuted in the 2019 Forester. With direct injection and nearly 90 percent of its parts new, the 2.5-liter puts out 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Paired with a Lineartronic CVT, the 2.5-liter BOXER delivers estimated 0-60-mph acceleration of 8.4 seconds and, with the assistance of standard Active Grille Shutters, manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy of 27/35 mpg city/highway.
Complementing the more powerful and refined powertrains is an all-new suspension that is lighter, stronger and more responsive. The front suspension utilizes MacPherson struts with new internal rebound spring, aluminum lower L-arms and new 23mm hollow stabilizer bar. In back, the rear suspension features a double-wishbone layout with subframe, coil springs and new 19mm hollow stabilizer bar. Combined with grippy V-rated all-season tires on 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, the 2020 Subaru Legacy has achieved the highest levels of dynamic performance and ride comfort in its history.
Front and center, and highlighting the 2020 Subaru Legacy’s upscale interior, is an all-new tablet-style 11.6-inch Full HD multimedia display, the largest, most advanced infotainment screen ever in a Subaru. Standard on Premium, Sport and Limited, the 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus offers direct touch controls for multimedia, HVAC and vehicle settings, and includes Near Field Communication to its list of features. Like with a smartphone, app icons can be moved and configured based on personal preference. The top-of-the-line 11.6-inch Multimedia with Navigation adds navigation powered by TomTom and voice activated navigation, and is optional for Premium, Sport and Limited and standard for Touring. A Subaru-first split-screen display can simultaneously show two types of information – e.g., navigation and audio – for improved user interaction. Both the Multimedia Plus and Multimedia with Navigation feature two rotary dial knobs, including one for audio volume. The Base model also gets an all-new multimedia system, with dual 7.0-inch Wide Video Graphics Array (WVGA) displays that split multimedia and HVAC controls.
SUBARU STARLINK In-Vehicle Technology offers an integrated cockpit experience by allowing the driver to control entertainment and vehicle settings through a large touchscreen display. For the first time in Legacy, available in-car Wi-Fi connectivity provides smooth internet access via high-speed LTE communications, broadening the range of entertainment options available to rear-seat occupants using smart devices.
Framing the large multimedia screen is a new multilayer instrument panel featuring a soft-touch wrapped surface with available real double-stitching for a high-quality appearance. The wrapped surface material and stitching employ the same color combination as the seats and door trim for a uniform look and feel. The Limited and Touring models feature 10-way power front seats with lumbar support, adjustable cushion length (driver only) and heated front/rear seats. For 2020, seat heaters come with three levels of temperature adjustment as well as extended coverage up to the shoulders for improved comfort. Touring models add ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel, with the latter optional on Limited. An available 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, with Clari-Fi compressed audio restoration technology and GreenEdge high-efficiency speakers and amplifier, delivers premium sound.
Enjoying the high-end audio can be fully realized thanks to a serene cabin that is almost 3 dB quieter at highway speeds. Subaru engineers worked extensively to find ways to reduce unwanted noise coming into the cabin, fitting the 2020 Legacy with new door weather strips that feature a baffle in the mid-section and dual lips on the roof side for improved quietness. Even the weather strip mounting structure was modified to reduce mounting variation and improve sound insulation. Sound-insulated glass, which uses a sound-insulating inner film for the windshield and front-door glass, has been adopted, while glass thickness all around has been increased for class-leading quietness.
Comfort and convenience in the 2020 Subaru Legacy have been optimized, with increases in front shoulder room, front/rear hip room and rear legroom. For powering and pairing personal devices, passengers can utilize four USB ports (two front, two rear) plus one auxiliary input jack in front. Further, all Legacy models except for the Base receive two 12-volt DC power sockets.
The Legacy wouldn’t be a Subaru if it didn’t offer the go-anywhere usability that has long been a brand hallmark. With 15.1 cu ft of cargo capacity and 1.4 inches of additional cargo floor length, the trunk can comfortably hold four full-size roller bags, giving it the functionality to match that of many small crossovers. For additional cargo versatility, the 2020 Subaru Legacy offers standard mounting brackets on the roof for quick installation of a rack, box or tray, making it easy to load surfboards, canoes and other equipment.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
All 2020 Subaru Legacy models are equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology that now features Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering Function, EyeSight Assist Monitor that provides a head-up display with EyeSight warnings and system status on the windshield, and LED headlights (low & high beam) with High Beam Assist.
The all-new sedan has a starting price of $22,745, an increase of only $200 from the 2019 model. The Base trim comes equipped with the all-new SUBARU STARLINK dual 7.0-inch Multimedia system that features an upper 7-inch touchscreen with audio controls, and lower 7-inch screen that accesses the climate control system and controls for EyeSight and other vehicle systems. The multimedia system audio features include AM/FM/HD Radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM, new STARLINK apps, and Clari-Fi music restoration. The entry-level trim is also equipped with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring and Auto Start-Stop for improved fuel efficiency.
The 2020 Subaru Legacy Premium begins at $24,995. Upgrades over the Base trim include All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control system and a 10-way power driver seat that includes power lumbar support. The Premium now comes standard with power-folding exterior mirrors in matching body color with integrated turn signal.
The Legacy Premium, Sport and Limited get the all-new SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus system with an 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen with on-screen controls for audio, HVAC and vehicle features, combination meter integration, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and new STARLINK SmartDeviceLink apps, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity, AM/FM stereo, SiriusXM All Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link, HD Radio and over-the-air updates. STARLINK Connected Services are available as an opt-in feature on Premium and above trims.
The first of two optional packages for the Premium includes Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and LED fog lights. The second package adds a Power Moonroof and the top-of-the-line STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system.
The 2020 Subaru Legacy Sport starts at $26,945. It upgrades the Premium trim with unique 18-inch sport-styled wheels in black finish, sport-type front grille, body color rocker trim and trunk spoiler, LED fog lights and exterior mirrors in Crystal Black Silica finish. Exclusive to the Sport are a two-tone cloth interior with red accent stitching, carbon fiber finish patterned trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching.
The Legacy Sport has an available option package with Power Moonroof, STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
The 2020 Subaru Legacy Limited, with a starting price of $29,745, adds luxury features including perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, heated rear seat backs and cushions, rear-seat air conditioner outlets and a 10-way power driver’s seat with two-position memory and power lumbar support. Also, the Limited has an 8-way power front passenger seat, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels in black with machine finish, LED fog lights, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, Reverse Automatic Braking, Steering Responsive Headlights and Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The exterior side mirrors now feature two-position memory and auto-tilt for passenger mirror while in reverse. The Limited has an option package with STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Power Moonroof, Heated Steering Wheel, and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.
At $34,195, the Legacy Limited XT adds the STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Power Moonroof, Heated Steering Wheel, insulated front door glass and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System to its list of standard features.
Another first for the 2020 Subaru Legacy is the addition of the Touring trim. The top trim is part of the new XT model lineup. The Legacy Touring XT builds on the Limited XT with the addition of a Front View Monitor, exterior mirrors with satin finish and Nappa leather interior. The Legacy Touring XT is priced at $35,895.