Subaru introduced the new-generation Legacy for the 2020 model year. Like many Subaru redesigns before it, the visual changes were subtle but enough to keep it rumbling on for a handful of years. With it entering just its second model year since the redesign, we expect a carryover 2021 Subaru Legacy.
The new-generation Subaru Legacy migrated to the more rigid Subaru Global Platform but rolled in with just massaged styling relative to its previous generation. Its visual updates included a new grille and front fascia, updated lights with new LED signatures, wider fenders, and smoother sheet metal down the sides. Its backside received a more squared-off look with brand-new taillights and an updated bumper. With this look still fresh, we expect no notable changes to the 2021 Legacy’s body.
Inside, the new-generation Legacy’s updates were a little more significant, as this sedan went more upscale with a new instrument panel design that includes more contrasting colors and shapelier air vents. In its higher trims, the Legacy pushes the bounds of luxury with available Nappa leather upholstery, a massive 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
Further enhancing the high-quality feel of this cabin was additional sound-deadening equipment, including new weather stripping and sound-deadening glass, which reduced ambient cabin noise by 3 dB. We expect the 2021 Subaru Legacy to hit showrooms with identical looks, features, and low noise level.
While its stylistic changes may have been subtle, there was nothing subtle about the new-generation Legacy dropping the optional 3.6-liter flat-six engine it’s offered for many years and replacing it with a 260-horsepower turbocharged 2.4-liter in the XT trim. The standard engine, however, went through a less dramatic rework, as it remained a 2.5-liter flat-four-cylinder unit but with a 7-hp power boost to 182 hp. Regardless of the engine, the new-generation Legacy comes standard with a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive. We expect all the drivetrain bits to remain the same in the 2021 Legacy.
There are no safety ratings yet on the new-generation Legacy, but the previous generation was an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Considering the new-generation sedan has a stiffer platform and adds lane centering to its already robust standard safety tech, which includes automatic emergency braking, we expect the new-generation Legacy to continue as a Top Safety Pick when crash tests are complete.