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.
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.