The Japanese-based car manufacturer brings the all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy mid-size sedan to the market with a myriad of changes, revisions and design improvements. Even though it looks a bit the same as the current model, but the 2020 Subaru Legacy looks much more attractive with a quieter appearance thanks to the new headlights and taillights design. Now, this mid-size sedan has switched to the latest Subaru global architecture platform with an all-wheel drive system available as standard equipment.
Thanks to the latest Subaru global platform, the all-new Legacy sedan now has improved body stiffness and better handling than the outgoing model. It now has a 70 percent body that is more rigid torsionally with the rear suspension mounting area are also 100 percent stiffer than the current model. That means the noise level on the new Legacy sedan has been significantly reduced compared to the previous generation model. In addition, Legacy now has thicker window glass, making the sound isolated stronger in the front window and windshield.
Many Improvements Inside and Outside
The level of wind and road noise has also diminished thanks to the use of stronger door seals and some improvements to its exterior components. Subaru has also claimed that the 2020 Legacy sedan is now three decibels quieter at highway speeds compared to the previous model. Moving into the cabin, the 2020 Subaru Legacy offers a completely new, more luxurious interior feel and adopts better materials. It’s now equipped with a new 11.6-inch vertically oriented touchscreen display that can display two information simultaneously, which means that the screen can be split into two at the same time.
This is similar to what is offered on the 2020 Ford Explorer, Tesla Model S, and Ram 1500. In addition, drivers can also adjust screen functions as they wish, thanks to the use of reconfigurable tiles for on-screen menu shortcuts. Unfortunately, the base model is not equipped with a new 11.6-inch large screen and only has two 7.0-inch screen displays, each of which serves to read climate control and infotainment information. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are available as standard equipment in all trim options. Apart from that, the new 11.6-inch large screen will be available as standard on some models that include Premium, Sport, Limited, and upper trim level “Touring” which get an optional navigation system.
It Now Gets Advanced Active Safety Features
Speaking of its standard safety features, the 2020 Legacy mid-size sedan has been equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight camera-based active-safety features consisting of the new self-steering lane-keep system, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. In addition, the new Legacy Limited, Limited XT and Touring XT are now offered with the new camera-based driver facial-recognition feature. One of the most highlighted safety features is the self-steering lane-keep system, because it’s a new safety feature that can keep the car from getting off track by relying only on the help of steering input.
While the new camera-based driver facial-recognition is able to find out whether the driver’s condition is tired or disturbed. And that will give an alert to the driver both visually and audio. The new Legacy Sedan is now claimed to have a more agile and more stable handling, thanks to lower center gravity and suspension. Of course, it becomes a passive safety feature for the 2020 model years.
New Powertrain Options and Specs Details
Under its hood, the 2020 Subaru Legacy is powered by a newly updated 2.5-liter inline-four engine paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) capable of providing 182 horsepower. The 2.5L four-cylinder engine is available as a standard powertrain at the base trim level, Sport, Premium, and Limited. The Japanese automaker also offer a new 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine with a CVT gearbox rated at 260 horsepower, which will be available as a standard at the Limited XT and Touring XT trim levels.
Based on Subaru’s claims, the all-new Legacy with a 2.4-liter turbo boxer engine and CVT can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which means it’s about 2.3 seconds faster than the model equipped with a 2.5-liter engine. Basically these two engines can also be found on the Subaru Ascent three-row crossover, but the 2.5-liter inline-four engine now gets 90 percent of new components for the 2020 model years. As for the EPA-estimated fuel economy rating, it’s now much better than the outgoing model. The 2020 Subaru Legacy with a turbocharged boxer engine is claimed to be able to return around 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. That means beating the inefficient six-cylinder engine setup that was previously offered in the 2019 Subaru Legacy with an EPA rating of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Pricing and Release Date
Official pricing details haven’t yet been announced, but the release date for the 2020 Subaru Legacy is set for this fall. This new mid-size sedan has also made its first debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show back in February. Given that the current model is priced at $22,545 (including the $885 destination charge), so we can expect the 2020 Subaru Legacy to go on sale at U.S. dealership with a starting price of around $23,000. With a myriad of design changes and new features offered, there will definitely be a slight price increase for the new Legacy sedan. However, please look for official pricing details when this new car has been released to the market.
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