2020 Subaru Legacy

MSRP $22,745

Ranked #17 in Midsize Sedan

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2020 Subaru Legacy Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The new Subaru Legacy is a mid-size sedan that gives you the roominess of a larger car. It comes with an impressive, fuel-efficient engine delivering loads of power for passing and merging. And you'll get the most cabin comfort in its class. This car also comes with lots of safety features you'll love. The 2020 Subaru Legacy embodies everything that makes Subaru great. Handcrafted using the world's finest materials, each Legacy is crafted to achieve optimal performance and efficiency.

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Pros

All-wheel-drive is standard

A plethora of standard driver-assist features

Spacious interior

Comfortable ride

One of the best infotainment systems in the segment

Cons

Unenthusiastic engine performance

Handling could be better

Climbing the trim ladder will get expensive

Sub-par fuel economy

What's New?

Completely redesigned for 2020

Newly-introduced 2.4L turbocharged engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22745

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

176 ft-lb. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

continuously variable speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4/11.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

108.3 in.

length

190.6 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

59.1 in.

curb weight

3499 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/35 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$22,745 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Subaru Legacy in Abyss color
Abyss

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.4

Exterior

5.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


The Subaru Legacy is all about providing a great combination of a spacious interior, high-tech features, decent power at the wheels, and exceptional safety performance all at an affordable price tag. The Japanese car manufacturer has pulled the curtains off for a new design in 2020 as its seventh generation model. It is available in a vast line-up consisting of six trims with a base price of $22,745. It faces stiff competition from other sedans like the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry

2020 Subaru Legacy Sedan front angle view
2020 Subaru Legacy Sedan rear angle view

7.0/10
Features

5.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.4/10
Interior

5.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Subaru Legacy Features

7.0/10

For the redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy, there are six trim levels to choose from: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT, and Touring XT. Models range from $22,745 to $36,595 and come with many standard features. It comes with 17-inch steel wheels, automatic daytime running LED headlamps, automatic climate control, 7.0-inch touchscreen display, 4-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration, satellite and HD radio, 6-way manual adjustable driver’s seat, and a 6-way manual adjustable passenger’s seat, cloth upholstery, cruise control, etc. It also includes Subaru’s EyeSight which allows the driver to get access to multiple driver aids which will be discussed further. 

Moving up the trim ladder, the Premium carries a price tag of $24,995. It comes along with all the features standard on the Base trim and adds a few more. It gets dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an 11.-inch touchscreen display with a 6-speaker audio system, heated front seats, etc. Two optional packages are available on the Premium and further trims but not on the Base. They include some driver-assist features like a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert system, keyless ignition, etc., and also a navigation system and a sunroof. 

The Sport is the next trim inline which costs $26,945. As the name suggests it is more sport-oriented and it adds features accordingly. It gets 18-inch wheels, sporty exterior trim, keyless entry and ignition, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, faux-leather upholstery with red stitching, etc. The Limited is priced at $29,745 and it gets all of the features which are standard in the Premium trim. In addition, it gets adaptive LED headlights, 8-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, memory settings for the driver’s seat, a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, heated rear seats, premium leather upholstery, rear air vents, etc. Its exclusive optional package includes features like a navigation system, a sunroof, a driver-attention monitoring system, and a heated steering wheel. 

The Limited XT and Touring XT are the two top-tier trims mainly because of the more powerful 2.4L Turbocharged engine. The Limited XT is priced at $34,195 and gets everything mentioned for the Limited trim. The Touring XT is priced at $35,875. It gets exclusive chrome trim, ventilated front seats, and upgraded leather upholstery. 

Trim

Base 

Premium

Sport

Limited

Touring XT

MSRP (AWD)

$22,745

$24,995

$26,945

$29,745

$35,895

Key Features

17-inch steel wheels

In addition to the features standard on the Base:

In addition to the features standard on the Base and Premium:

In addition to the features standard on the Sport:

In addition to the features standard on the Limited:

 

Automatic climate control

Dual-zone automatic climate control

18-inch wheels

Adaptive LED headlights

A more powerful engine

 

Cloth upholstery

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Faux-leather upholstery

8-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat

Exterior chrome trim

 

7.0-inch touchscreen display

10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Auto-dimming rear-view mirror

Memory settings for the driver’s seat

Ventilated front seats

 

4-speaker audio system

11.-inch touchscreen display

Keyless entry and ignition

12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system

Upgraded leather upholstery

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration

6-speaker audio system

Sporty exterior trim

Heated rear seats

 
 

Automatic daytime running LED headlamps

Heated front seats

 

Premium leather upholstery

 

Which trim should you buy?

We were most intrigued by the Sport trim. There are some trim-exclusive features that make it different from both the Limited and the Premium. It is, therefore, a trim we recommend you consider, as it has a number of advantages.

2020 Subaru Legacy Engine and Performance

5.0/10

The lower trims of the 2020 Subaru Legacy feature a 2.5L Inline-4 (flat-four) engine which puts out 182 hp and has a peak torque of 176 lb-ft. This engine is paired to a CVT and power is delivered to all four wheels as standard. If you're looking for a more thrilling and exciting driving experience, have a look at what the Limited XT and Touring XT have for you under their hoods. It is a more potent 2.4L turbocharged flat-four engine. It is capable of producing 260 hp and has a maximum torque output of 277 lb-ft. This engine is paired to a high torque CVT with paddle shifters which result in an 8-speed manual shift mode.

2020 Subaru Legacy Sedan driving view

The former engine is just about sufficiently powered. However, it lacks excitement and has sluggish acceleration despite the AWD drivetrain. The latter is the preferred choice but the price for these trims is significantly high. The base engine has disappointing 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timings. However, opting for the turbocharged engine will change things drastically. It manages to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds compared to 8.4 seconds for the base engine.

Models

2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry

MSRP

$22,745

$24,270

$24,300

$24,425

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Intercooled Turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM)

182 @ 5,800

192 @ 5,500

188 @ 6,000

203 @ 6,600

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

176 @ 4,400

192 @ 1,600

180 @ 3,600

184 @ 5,000

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.4

7.6

6.0

5.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.5

15.9

16.4

14.1

Top-Speed (MPH)

139

115

140

135

In comparison with its rivals, the Legacy is the most underpowered and also the slowest in terms of 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timings. The fastest and most powerful in this segment is the Camry which takes only 5.8 seconds to reach the 60 mph mark and 14.1 seconds to complete a quarter-mile. While, both the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima offer decent performance. 

How well does the 2020 Subaru Legacy handle?

The all-new Legacy is based on the Subaru Global Platform which has improved its handling significantly compared to its predecessor. Its standard AWD setup is quite an unlikely feature in this segment as most of the rivals offer it as optional. However, it still lacks that fun and exciting element which other cars in this segment like the Accord or Camry offer.

It has a mediocre steering response but it is light-weighted and it is fairly easy to maneuver the Legacy. It is equipped with a Strut-type front suspension and has a Double Wishbone w/Coil spring setup in the rear. These perform well in the cities and on the highways and provide a comfortable ride for the passengers but that changes drastically when the road conditions are tough. The suspension is stiff and doesn’t do well against harsh bumps, hence it is best to keep the Legacy on the tarmac.

2020 Subaru Legacy Braking Performance

The braking duties are taken care of by 4-wheel disc brakes with front and rear Vented discs and multiple safety and driver-assist features. The Legacy is the heaviest car in the segment but it is also fitted with the biggest brake rotors. It gets 12.4-inch front brake rotors and 11.8-inch rear brake rotors. Besides the production glitch that Subaru faced regarding the brake pedal, Subaru has one of the best brakes in the business.

Models

2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.4

11.5

11.7

12.0

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.8

11.1

11.5

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

3499

3131

3208

3241

60-0 MPH (feet)

127

NA

116

123

The Subaru Legacy has the worst braking distance in the segment despite having the largest sized brake rotors. The best distance is of the Nissan Altima which takes only 116 feet to come to a halt from 60 mph. Ironically the Subaru Legacy comes with the biggest brakes in the front than any car in the comparison here. 

2020 Subaru Legacy Fuel Economy

5.0/10

Good fuel economy is a common trait in the compact sedan segment. These cars are affordable and highly economical which makes them an attraction for buyers. The Legacy manages to deliver decent fuel economy but it is not good enough when compared to its rivals. The figures mentioned in the below table are for the base engine. The 2.4L turbocharged engine, however, does worse. It is rated at 24 MPG in the cities, 32 MPG on the highways which results in a combined fuel economy of 27 MPG.

Models

2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry

MPG (City)

27

30

28

29

MPG (Highway)

35

38

39

41

MPG (Combined)

30

33

32

34

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

14.8

16.2

14.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

499.5/647.5/555.0

444.0/562.4/488.4

453.6/631.8/518.4

420.5/594.5/493.0

The best fuel economy in this segment is provided by the Toyota Camry. It is rated at 29/41/34 (city/highway/combined) which outperforms the rest of the cars up against it. However, the Legacy is fitted with the largest fuel tank of 18.5-gallon capacity which helps it attain the best range. You’ll be able to move around for 555 miles (combined) on a full fuel tank. 

2020 Subaru Legacy Interior

8.4/10

The 2020 Subaru Legacy’s interior is much more spacious than it was before. It is well-organized and filled with good quality materials and has decent build quality. However, design-wise it may look a bit dated but it offers great comfort regardless of where you sit. It offers excellent space in terms of headroom, shoulder room, and legroom in both rows of seats. The dashboard and center console feature a sloping and flowing design along with a huge infotainment unit in the middle. You’ll get good exterior visibility as a driver and all the functions/buttons/knobs are well within reach. 

2020 Subaru Legacy Sedan rear seats

As you move from lower to higher trims, comfort features upgrade and a few luxury features are also unlocked. For example, the base trim offers cloth upholstery and automatic climate control with manual adjusting seats. While opting for the top-tier trim Touring XT will get you upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, memory settings for the driver’s seat, power-adjustable front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Models

2020 Subaru Legacy 

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.4/58.1/42.8

39.5/58.3/42.3

39.2/58.2/43.8

38.3/57.7/42.1

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.2/57.4/39.5

37.3/56.5/40.4

36.9/57.1/35.2

38.0/55.7/38.0

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

15.1

16.7

15.4

14.1

The storage capacity in the trunk of the Subaru Legacy is more than just sufficient. It can hold up to 15.1 cubic feet of luggage which is outperformed by the likes of the Accord and the Altima. Out of these two, the Accord has the best storage capacity. It can store 16.7 cubic feet of luggage in its trunk. Some of the highlights of the interior are:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (premium and higher)
  • Cloth upholstery (Base)
  • Upgraded leather upholstery with red stitching (Touring XT)
  • Heated front seats (Premium and higher)
  • Ventilated front seats (Touring XT)
  • Heated rear seats (Limited and higher)
  • Memory settings (Limited and higher)
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror (Sport and higher)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Subaru Legacy has one of the best infotainment systems in its class. The base trim is fitted with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display and the rest of the trims get a bigger 11.6-inch touchscreen display. Both these setups are powered by Starlink infotainment. It sits vertically in the center console and is accompanied by buttons and knobs on both sides. All the functions, especially climate control have a super-fast response time. 

2020 Subaru Legacy Sedan infotainment screen

All the Legacy’s get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, voice-activated Bluetooth, satellite, and HD radio as standard. The base trim is fitted with a 4-speaker audio system which gets upgraded to a 6-speaker audio system in the Premium. The Limited trim and higher get a premium quality 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Satellite and HD radio
  • Voice-activated Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB ports
  • SiriusXM
  • Navigation system (optional)

2020 Subaru Legacy Exterior

5.0/10

The all-new design of the Subaru Legacy is attractive. It is a combination of composed looks with a hint of sportiness. It also combines the traditional and modern Subaru traits which include the headlight, grille, and taillight design. The front fascia comprises big and aggressively shaped automatic daytime running LED headlamps, a trapezoidal and horizontally-slotted grille with the Subaru badge in the middle. The front bumper comprises chrome fog light housing and the hood has subtle curves which add to the personality of the car. 

2020 Subaru Legacy Sedan infotainment screen

The side of the car features curvaceous body lines, a sloping roofline, and also a comparatively high ground clearance of 5.9 inches. The Legacy sits on 17-inch steel wheels for the base trim which gets upgraded to 18-inch wheels from Sport trim onwards. It also features heated power adjusting, manual-folding side-view mirrors, and has an optional sunroof as well. The rear end of the car hosts a simplistic design compared to the sporty and aggressive front end. It is characterized by LED taillamps, a rear lip spoiler, a body-colored rear bumper, and a single exhaust outlet.

Models

2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry

Curb Weight (lbs)

3499

3131

3208

3241

Length (inches)

190.6

192.2

192.9

192.1

Width (inches)

72.4

73.3

72.9

72.4

Height (inches)

59.1

57.1

56.7

56.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.9

5.1

4.9

5.7

Wheelbase (inches)

108.3

111.4

111.2

111.2

When compared to its rivals, the Legacy has the highest ground clearance of 5.9 inches. The lowest in the segment is the Altima which is only 4.9 inches off the ground. The Nissan Altima is also the lightest sedan in its class and is the longest in terms of wheelbase as well as overall length. Some of the standout exterior features are:

  • Automatic daytime running LED headlamps
  • LED taillamps
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • 17-inch steel wheels (Base) 18-inch wheels (Sport and higher)
  • Heated power-adjusting, manual-folding side-view mirrors
  • Rear lip spoiler

2020 Subaru Legacy Safety

9.0/10

This is where the 2020 Subaru Legacy shines the most. It has perfect crash-test scores which makes it an extremely safe car. It has been given a full 5-star rating by the NHTSA and the IIHS has named it as a “Top Safety Pick+'' which is the most prestigious honor in its organization. To better explain this, the Legacy is equipped with a ton of safety and driver-assist features that is unmatched by any of its rivals. Apart from the standard features, some optional features include a blind-spot monitoring system, rear automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert system, etc. Some of the key safety features include:

  • 8 airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Driveline Traction Control with ABS
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning with lane keep assist system
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Back-up camera

2020 Subaru Legacy Competition

6.0/10

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is the car to beat in this segment. It ticks all the boxes in terms of performance, interior, infotainment, features, and ride comfort. It excels in its handling and is much better than the Legacy. However, the Subaru is cheaper than the Accord and its safety record is unmatched. Out of the two we’d still go for the Accord. 

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima and the Legacy are on the same page in many aspects. Both these sedans are fitted with the same sized engine and have almost identical power figures but the Altima is slightly more powerful. The Altima offers better ride comfort and has loads of in-cabin high-tech features. It is also more economical than the Legacy but it comes with FWD as standard. The AWD is an optional drivetrain that drives the price tag higher making the Subaru a more affordable purchase. 

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is a strong competitor for the Subaru Legacy. It rightfully outperforms every sedan in this segment in terms of power figures and mileage. It is as spacious as the Legacy and is also laden with numerous driver-assist technologies just like the Subaru. The numbers speak for themselves and hence the Camry is the preferred choice but the Legacy doesn’t fall short much. It is still a good, affordable choice instead of the Camry. 

2020 Subaru Legacy Final Verdict

The all-new Subaru Legacy has a lot going for it. Although it is neither as powerful nor as economical as its competitors, it has a lot of good points in its favor. For instance, it has a spacious and comfortable cabin along with several high-tech features. It has the best safety performance and is also the most affordable sedan in the segment. Those who are looking for an affordable, compact sedan should at least test-drive the 2020 Subaru Legacy. Those who don’t like it should go for the Accord or Camry.

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