Subaru’s evergreen Legacy remains the only midsize sedan to have all-wheel drive as standard across the range. The Indiana-built Legacy now has improved safety and infotainment equipment, priced from $23,430.
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Model year transition:
The redesigned 2020 Legacy continues arriving at dealers nationwide. The new model rides on a stiffer chassis and features a vertically oriented touchscreen similar to Tesla's. An available turbocharged four-cylinder engine replaces last year's V6.
The outgoing 2019 Legacy should remain in decent supply for the remainder of the year.
As usual, the mid-level Premium trim is easiest to find.
Current lease and APR offers vary by region and will remain in effect through October 31, 2019. Examples shown here are for California.
Take $1,000 off:
Nearly all Subaru dealers are offering a $1,000 discount on the 2019 Legacy this month. Some dealers offer more, so it pays to shop around on this model.
The 2020 Legacy is too new for any substantive discounting.
What's up with leases:
In Los Angeles, the 2019 Legacy in base 2.5i trim once again starts at $215 for 36 months (12,000 miles a year) with $2,625 due at signing. The effective monthly cost is $288, a pretty good deal for a family sedan. That said, we expect lease value to improve later in the year.
Everywhere else in the country, the monthly payment is $10 to $20 higher.
The 2020 Legacy starts at $249 a month with $2,649 at signing. The effective monthly cost is $323, which is rather expensive for this class. Look for terms to improve once the 2019s sell down.
If you're currently leasing a Subaru model, your first payment will be complimentary, up to $500. This loyalty perk is available throughout the lineup.
0% APR holding:
Once again, Subaru is offering 0% financing for 36 months on the 2019 Legacy. Longer terms are available at incrementally higher rates.
The current offer on the incoming 2020 Legacy is 2.9% for 48 months, which isn't bad for this early stage.
This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.
Prices vary by style
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As the only mid-size sedan with standard all-wheel drive, the 2019 Subaru Legacy adds a number of standard advanced safety features to its resume. But it fails to impress with only average looks, and the choice of middling four-cylinder performance or more power but poor fuel economy from an optional flat-six engine.
Subaru offers the 2019 Legacy in five trims: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited, with price ranging from $23,430 for a base 2.5i to $34,580 for a 3.6R Limited equipped with the optional Starlink Multimedia Navigation Package.
Standard active safety features across the lineup include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keeping assist.
Like last year, our “best value” pick is the 2.5i Premium model with additional amenities not found on the base model, including 18-inch alloy wheels (replacing the 2.5i's standard 17-inch steel wheels), heated body-color side mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, electroluminescent instruments, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto up/down front windows, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an eight-inch touchscreen (replacing the standard 6.5-inch touchscreen). This trim is also where a number of additional advanced safety features are optional.
The 2019 Subaru Legacy is offered with two engines. Most trims receive a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter flat-four engine, while the 3.6R Limited model features a 256-hp, 3.6-liter flat-six. Both engines are paired with a CVT with a manual mode and paddle shifters.
Although modest, the smaller 2.5-liter boxer-four offers decent off-the-line performance with snappy throttle tuning and adequate around-town punch. As one of the first manufacturers to widely adopt CVTs, this experience shows as there's none of the usual whine even during brisk acceleration. It remains the best CVT we've driven.
On the road, cruising is comfortable with a smooth and well-controlled ride. Steering is direct with no on-center dead spot, and the brakes are easy to modulate with a nice initial bite to the pads. Pitch it into a corner and the chassis remains relatively flat, thanks in no small part to the lower center of gravity afforded by the flat engine. The all-wheel-drive system and its brake-based torque vectoring system offer a confidence boost even in the worst weather.
Those seeking more power have to choose the top-of-the-line Legacy 3.6R Limited, which starts at $32,430. That comes at the expense of fuel economy, however, as the flat-six is rated by the EPA at 20 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 combined.
Unchanged from last year's update and retaining a clean, conservative, three-box look, the Legacy features Subaru's hexagonal corporate grille low on the fascia, flanked by headlights outlined with C-shaped "Konoji" LED daytime running lights. The rear fascia features large, horizontal taillights, and a bright-finished oval tailpipe integrated into the prominent lower valance.
Inside, the dashboard is dominated by a central touchscreen that's either 6.5 or 8.0 inches depending on the model. On all but the base model, Subaru uses contrast stitching on the seats, dashboard, and door panels. The seats are very comfortable with unusually long bottom cushions for all-day support. There's room in back for three adults with 38 inches of leg room for plenty of stretch-out space. The cabin is spacious for a mid-size sedan with 119.6 cubic feet of room – just shy of the EPA's definition of a full-size car of 120 cubic feet – while the trunk offers an additional 15 cubes of storage, which is also surprisingly roomy for a sedan with all-wheel drive.
The 2019 Legacy offers good visibility out the front, sides, and back. Instrumentation is clear and the app-based software is intuitive. Even at highway speeds, wind, road, and engine noise is commendably low.
However, the Legacy's conservative design doesn't impress like the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, or Mazda6. The interior also falls short of these same competitors, while trunk space is only average for the class.
Making the EyeSight safety suite of technologies standard for 2019 was a smart move by Subaru. At the same time, the Legacy's four-cylinder engine's performance might not cut it for some buyers, while moving up to the flat-six requires picking the top trim.
Safety-focused customers in colder climates will appreciate the Legacy's standard all-wheel-drive system. Enthusiasts, the style conscious, and those living in mild climates that don’t feel the need for all-wheel drive can look elsewhere.
If you're looking for a safe sedan, the 2019 Subaru Legacy is worth your consideration. It also features subdued styling, good handling, and a very roomy interior, which are also selling points for many shoppers.
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