STATUS: Major changes for 2020 - The Legacy combines the comfort of a roomy four-door sedan with the ability of a quasi off-roader, which is something that few if any midsize competitors can claim. For 2020, the Legacy is built using a sturdier platform, new suspension components and new (but familiar-looking) body panels. Most key measurements - length, width and wheelbase - are about the same as before. The interior for all models, except the base trim, comes with a vertically orientated 11.6-inch touch-screen that somewhat resembles an Apple iPad (the base model get a 7.0-inch screen). A new 182-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine replaces the previous 175-horse unit, but Legacy XT trims get a 260-horsepower turbocharged 2.5, which is the same engine found in the Ascent utility vehicle. Of course all-wheel-drive is standard and includes torque vectoring, which applies light braking force to the inside front wheel while turning (which enhances steering control). Subaru's highly rated EyeSight grouping of basic active-safety tech such as emergency braking, is standard. Optional is reverse automatic braking that stops the vehicle before it impacts objects or people when backing up.
Base price (incl. destination): $23,650
Type: Midsize sedan
Engines (h.p.): 2.5-liter H-4 (182); 2.5-liter H-6, turbocharged (260)
Transmission: Continuously variable
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 27/35/30 (base 2.5)
Base weight (lb.): 3,500