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2020 Subaru Legacy: Redesign Info, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - February 9, 2019
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The sixth-generation Legacy entered just its fifth model year in 2019, but Subaru still saw it fit to give this sedan a full redesign for 2020. As is typical for the brand, the 2020 Subaru Legacy’s redesign is relatively simple and more evolutionary.

Subaru is not big on revolutionary redesigns. Instead, it focuses on perfecting its existing designs, and that’s exactly what it will do with the 2020 Subaru Legacy. At a quick glance, it’s easy to miss the changes to the 2020 Legacy, but they are there and include wider fenders, a reworked frameless hexagon grille and lower air intake, new side-view mirrors, and a thicker C-panel that flows into the trunk with more elegance.

Inside, the 2020 Legacy will get plenty of updates too. The biggest change will be the available 11.6-inch portrait-mounted touchscreen with navigation. In the base model, the infotainment touchscreen will grow by a half-inch to 7 inches and will include a split screen that offers climate controls. Also included inside is Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth audio streaming, SiriusXM, in-car Wi-Fi and much more.

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Stylistically, the interior won’t go through a dramatic reworking, but the dash will feature more shapes than before, revised vents, a repositioned shifter, and more. Buyers will also notice a little more comfort with its additional front shoulder room, front and rear hip room, and rear leg room. Plus, its additional sound-deadening material and upgraded seals will decrease interior noise by 3 decibels.

Under its hood, the 2020 Subaru Legacy will continue with its standard 2.5-liter boxer-four engine, but its power will increase to 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque — boosts of 7 hp and 2 lb-ft. As expected, the 2020 Legacy will drop its six-cylinder engine and transfer the 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Ascent SUV to the 2020 Legacy’s XT trim. This engine will inject 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque and sprint this sedan to 60 mph in 6.1 second while delivering 24 miles per gallon city and 32 highway. Both engines will pair to continuously variable transmissions.

There are no safety ratings for the 2020 Subaru Legacy yet, but the 2019 model is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and there is no reason to expect anything less in 2020. The 2020 Legacy will ride on the Subaru Global Platform that is 70 percent stiffer in torsional rigidity thanks to its 13 percent more ultra-high-strength steel and 371 percent jump in structural adhesive.

Added body rigidity will absorb 40 percent more frontal- and side-impact energy, keeping occupants safer. Combining with this stronger body and platform will be standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which will include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and the new-for-2020 lane-centering assist.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2020 Subaru Legacy will hit showrooms in the fall of 2019, but prices will come later. A mild price increase over the 2019 Legacy, which ranges from $23,430 to $32,430 (destination fees included), is possible.

The 2020 Subaru Legacy will compete with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Chevy Malibu.

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