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2020 Subaru Legacy Overview

The Subaru Legacy enters its seventh generation for 2020. This midsize sedan, already notable for its class-exclusive standard all-wheel drive (AWD), makes use of the new Subaru Global Platform and debuts new technology features. It will also get a turbocharged engine for the first time since 2012. It competes with the Ford Fusion V6 Sport and all-wheel-drive versions of the Nissan Altima.

The new exterior design takes cues from Subaru’s other models, with a distinctive hexagonal grille that looks as at home on the Legacy as it does on the brand’s aggressive WRX and peppy Crosstrek. Wider fenders help emphasize the Legacy’s newfound boldness, while sleeker side panels add sophistication. The roof features standard mounting brackets for cargo boxes or gear racks.

Most trim levels will come with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The Legacy XT, however, will offer more performance by way of a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine rated for 260 hp and 277 lb-ft. This trim will also feature steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Subaru estimates 27 mpg city and 35 highway for the base engine, and 24 mpg city and 32 highway for the more powerful engine, but these numbers haven’t yet been certified by the EPA.

The cabin design is another example of the Legacy’s more upscale look and feel. Inside, the new Legacy features more room for all five passengers, with additional legroom in the rear row. The seats feature upscale materials throughout the range and higher trims add 10-way power front seats and heated front and rear seats. Optional features include ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

The base trim features dual 6.5-inch touchscreen displays with four USB ports, Bluetooth, HD radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Legacy’s higher trim levels debut a tablet-style 11.6-inch HD touchscreen display that offers navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is an available option.

The Legacy hasn’t yet been crash-tested. Subaru’s EyeSight package comes standard and includes a reversing camera, advanced adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, and a new lane-centering-assist system. Optional features include a front-view monitor, a new segment-exclusive driver-distraction-monitoring system, blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and steering-responsive LED headlights. Subscription-based parental control settings are also available.

Expect the 2020 Subaru Legacy in showrooms this fall.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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