2020 Subaru Legacy

Buyer's Guide

History/Overview

The Legacy has served as Subaru's mid-size, family sedan since the end of the 1980s. This year sees the Legacy enter its seventh generation with a new design and engines. It is also the basis for the brand's Outback crossover, which is covered in a separate buyer's guide entry.

Available Trims

The 2020 Subaru Legacy comes in Convenience, Touring, Limited and Premier trim levels. Engine choices include a redesigned 2.5L naturally aspirated four-cylinder and a new 2.4L turbocharged engine that is optional in GT versions of the Limited and Premier models. Both engines are standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and, of course, Subaru's well-done all-wheel drive technology.

Standard Features

Convenience trim comes with automatic climate control, heated front seats, 10-way power driver's seat, dual 7.0-inch infotainment displays, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power windows and door locks, dual rear USB ports, automatic on/off LED headlights and an electric parking brake. This entry-level Legacy also includes Subaru's EyeSight active safety suite, which boasts a new-for-2020 lane centering assist function.

Touring trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, auto-dimming side- and rearview mirrors, sunroof, passive keyless entry, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever, dual-zone climate control, Subaru's Starlink connected services, blind spot monitor, reverse automatic braking, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert and a vertically oriented 11.6-inch infotainment screen.

The Legacy's Limited package brings navigation, a 12-speaker sound system, leather seating, heated steering wheel, driver's seat memory with adjustable bottom cushion length, eight-way power driver's seat adjustments, heated rear seats, steering-responsive headlights and 18-inch wheels.

Finally, Premier trim gets Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a CD player, front-view camera, power-folding side mirrors and a driver distraction mitigation system.

Limited GT and Premier GT get the turbocharged engine, along with dual chrome exhaust finishers and GT badging.

Fuel Economy

As of this writing, Subaru has not published fuel consumption figures for the 2020 Legacy's new engines.

Competition

Given that the Legacy is standard with AWD, its only true sedan competitor is the Nissan Altima, which added standard AWD in 2019. However, the Legacy does compete for buyers with nameplates like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima.

2020 Subaru Legacy Specifications

There are 6 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $26,395 MSRP
7.8
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
182 hp @5800 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
Convenience CVT $26,395 5 Sedan
Convenience CVT 182 hp @5800 rpm 176 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
Convenience CVT 190.6" 74.7" 59.1" 108.3"
Convenience CVT
Convenience CVT Cloth Seats
Convenience CVT
Convenience CVT
Touring CVT $30,295 5 Sedan
Touring CVT 182 hp @5800 rpm 176 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
Touring CVT 190.6" 74.7" 59.1" 108.3"
Touring CVT
Touring CVT Cloth Seats
Touring CVT
Touring CVT
Limited CVT $34,295 5 Sedan
Limited CVT 182 hp @5800 rpm 176 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
Limited CVT 190.6" 74.7" 59.1" 108.3"
Limited CVT
Limited CVT Leather Seats
Limited CVT
Limited CVT
Premier CVT $36,295 5 Sedan
Premier CVT 182 hp @5800 rpm 176 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
Premier CVT 190.6" 74.7" 59.1" 108.3"
Premier CVT
Premier CVT Leather Seats
Premier CVT
Premier CVT
Limited GT CVT $37,095 5 Sedan
Limited GT CVT 260 hp @5600 rpm 277 ft-lb @2000 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
Limited GT CVT 190.6" 74.7" 59.1" 108.3"
Limited GT CVT
Limited GT CVT Leather Seats
Limited GT CVT
Limited GT CVT
Premier GT CVT $39,095 5 Sedan
Premier GT CVT 260 hp @5600 rpm 277 ft-lb @2000 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
Premier GT CVT 190.6" 74.7" 59.1" 108.3"
Premier GT CVT
Premier GT CVT Leather Seats
Premier GT CVT
Premier GT CVT

Expert Review Articles

by Sami Haj-Assaad
September 09, 2019
SUV, but with a trunk

Owner Reviews: 2020 Subaru / Legacy

Average Rating

1995 Subaru Legacy

Trim: GT
by mfarmer on 10-13-2012
Gentler kinder Legacy GT
A friend of mine had a use Legact GT that was very unrefined. The ABS jack hammered and the turbo lag was high. This generation of Legacy however was the first one that had a an overall very refined drivability to it. The AWD and boxter engine were great for handling and the vehicle was very comfortable all be it not close to the luxury category. I opted for a manual transmission which was very fun to drive. Mileage was quite good given the performance of the vehicle and winter handling was great.

I did stint after with some Audi's which were awesome but the value of the Legacy package brought me back again in 2005.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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1999 Subaru Legacy

Trim: GT
by Jake706 on 10-12-2012
FUN FUN FUN!!!
This AWD 4dr sedan alhough not very big back in '99 still offered just the right amount of room in the rear seats...much more so than the Impreza models i've owned anyways!

It drove like a dream even though it had more than 240,000kms on it when I purchased it.

This Subaru's AWD really is amazing...rain, snow...doesn't matter. I tried fishtailling this car time and time again with no success....the feeling of control is second to none. As good as Audi but a fraction of the price!

Totally LOVED this car!
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2006 Subaru Legacy

Trim: GT
by mfarmer on 10-11-2012
No frills AWD
This was my second Legacy GT. The revised styling since my 90's vintage was a significant improvement in my view compared to the previous version. Even today when I see them on the highway I prefer this body design to the current Legacy's. The interior was comfortable but definitely no frills. Very smooth engine and permanent AWD made this a great Canadian winter car. The price also was hard to beat for the total package. I found it to be a very reliable car that had very good mileage on the highway and decent handling.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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