2020 Subaru Legacy Is Much Better But Not Flawless, CR Finds Out

The new generation Subaru Legacy was unveiled at the beginning of the year. With a very restrained exterior makeover, bigger boot and overhauled cabin, it wants to lure you away from rivals like the Mazda6, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima.

Whether it manages to come out on top is a very subjective answer, although one that Consumer Reports try to answer in their video review of the car. Before deciding on what model to choose as a long-termer, they tested out the Sport and Limited XT.

The first one comes with the 2.5-liter boxer engine, making 182 HP, and the second one packs a 260 HP, 2.4-liter turbo. Almost instantly, the reviewer was disappointed by the noise made by the lesser variant when putting his right foot down, stating that the turbo engine seems like the better choice.

Also Read: How Does The 2020 Subaru Legacy Stack Up Against Its 2019MY Predecessor?

Compared to the Outback, which is also new, the Legacy has better visibility. It also aced the handling and cornering tests, with responsive steering and low body roll, and was found to be more refined than its predecessor.

The new 11.6-inch infotainment system, which is standard in all models bar the entry-level, was a big letdown though. Used to access the entertainment, climate control and vehicle settings, the interface is hard to master and often requires accessing several sub-menus to find what you are looking for.

Buying the 2020 Legacy is going to cost you a bit more, as pricing ranges between $22,745 and $35,895, but each trim level is nicely specced. If you can get past by some of the things highlighted by the reviewer, then you will find a very good daily driver, with AWD and decent fuel economy.


  • TheBelltower

    Volvo and Saab used to be the anti-fashionable sedans for affluent families owned. They were slow, solid and cool in a flawed and effortlessly purposeful way. That’s the direction that would have made sense since Saab went away and Volvo attempted to move upscale. The Outback has been successful picking up where Volvo and Saab abandoned, but the Legacy sedan hasn’t. Because it’s about as cool as a mid-90’s Malibu.

    • Mike anonymous

      What do you mean by “Volvo Attempted”, I think that they have done quite a great job in successfully moving upmarket (although I personally believe they always were in an interesting position where they were considered by most to already be ‘upscale’ in design and luxury, although simply not quite there in regards to the vehicles themselves, as they stuck mostly to family and quirky vehicles during the 2000s’ as shown below, a bit of a ‘futuristic’ & ‘stylistic’ for the time (Much like a smaller, more quirky, and ‘active’ family version of Audi (again at the time)).).


      I personally think Volvo really moved ‘up-market’ during this decade of the 2010s’. Although (As you stated) the place where they had been, exists a ‘sort-of-void’. Subaru would be a perfect company to step into this category. The 2020 Outback is a prime example of Subaru truly coming into its’ own this decade as they prepare and look forward to the 3rd decade of the 21st-Century.


      With that stated, I completely agree. While they may have a hit on their hands in one area, The Majority of their line-up has yet to follow suit (at least in my opinion).

      Subaru Has An opportunity to do something great this decade, and it would be wonderful to see them move to new heights, and to become the kind of company we all want, and know, they can be.

      P.S. (This Vehicle Shown Is The Subaru B5-TPH Concept Which Was A Conceptual Vehicle From Subaru In 2005 That (Fitting To Your Point) Was Very Much Like A Saab But With A Subaru Touch, as well as the Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept from 2009. (Also The Volvos Shown Are The Interior Of The Volvo ACC Concept, The Volvo 3CC Concept, & The Production XC60 of 2009.).).

      • TheBelltower

        Volvo has been fairly successful. I’m talking about the years before everything you mentioned. Volvos first attempts at going beyond the middle management sedan was with the S80 in the late 90s. Crickets… no one wanted that car except for University presidents. Then the 3-series competitor S60 came out a couple years later, and it did extremely well. Volvo was early at jumping onto the SUC bandwagon, and really took off once they launched the XC90 in the early 00’s. Having seen how successful they were with the Explorer, I guess we can thank Ford for that. Still, all of those and those that followed were very stylized sedans and SUVs. Nothing like the “I’m too chill to be bothered with style” iconic boxy 240 that preceded all of them. That’s the slot that the Outback has taken. The Legacy, not so much.


    • Finkployd

      yea ?

    • SteersUright

      yup. Need to try and post 3-4 times before it “takes”.

  • Althea Later

    I thought this was a Chevy Cruze or an uglified Mazda 6 at first. It wouldn’t be too hard to use a little more effort and make this a better looking car. That ugly chrome belt buckle grill and tail lamps… and did someone with a bad tremor style the headlamps?

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    What an absolutely nothing vehicle. Why would you buy this ?

  • Steven Strain

    Looks extremely bland and probably drives as unremarkable as it looks. I’m sure that is appealing to someone.

  • SteersUright

    Underpowered, ugly inside and definitely outside, slow, unexciting, hardly the most reliable, I fail to see the appeal of any late model Subaru anymore. They seem to be cashing in on a popular movement among the outdoorsy types that began a decade ago, yet they risk losing it all if they continue to offer nothing such mediocre product.

    • Bash

      Well said, exactly my thought.

    • Romanovich

      How they are will attract the costumers in recent future, when all electric cars has all wheels drive and low centre of gravity.

    • MarketAndChurch

      They have a cult following here in the Portland area, and I guess you can call going skiing a couple of times in the winter and 2-3 trips to the beach a year as “outdoorsy.”

      • SteersUright

        Whenever Im on the west coast I always notice just how incredibly many Subaru’s there are. I’d understand if they offered a screaming value as it would align the W. Coast’s preference for modesty over showy (outside of LA & other pockets), pragmatism, liberal ideals, nature-loving lifestyles… But, Subarus are unfortunately just mediocre at best, hardly matching Toyota/Lexus reliability, Honda value, Nissan’s dirt cheap leases, etc.
        Oh well, trends will be trends everywhere and always, such is the human way. And trends are almost always driven by emotion over logic.
        One caveat – I LOVE that Subaru continues to be the only manufacturer outside of Porsche to keep the boxster engine alive in cars. Just wish they’d come up with some high performance flat-6 version already. Just imagine a Japanese rival to Porsche’s flat-6! I get excited just typing it, however unlikely.

  • Jason Miller

    Looks like a Honda.

    • Bo Hanan

      Looks like a nap. Zzzz…

  • Chase

    Looks like a Chevy to me…

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Unless you NEED AWD, I have zero idea why you’d buy this over an Accord or Mazda 6 which are both excellent vehicles. The Accord Touring is basically a damn luxury vehicle for $35,000.

  • MarketAndChurch

    This is actually really pretty in top trim. Subaru initiated the large plastic dark trim lower bumper trend that Honda is now following with its new CR-V refresh, but this is actually an example where it works, at least on the higher trim.

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