Subaru loyalists will be pleased that the redesigned-for-2020 Legacy doesn’t stray far from the previous model, and that a host of improvements helps it rank among the top midsized sedans. The Legacy is sensible, comfortable, quiet, and easy to live with in almost every way, plus it comes with all-wheel drive, a unique standard feature in the class.
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Subaru Legacy Road Test

Subaru loyalists will be pleased that the redesigned-for-2020 Legacy doesn’t stray far from the previous model, and that a host of improvements helps it rank among the top midsized sedans. The Legacy is sensible, comfortable, quiet, and easy to live with in almost every way, plus it comes with all-wheel drive, a unique standard feature in the class.

One of the first things you’ll notice when driving the Legacy is its superbly smooth ride. Its suspension soaks up bumps and potholes with an uncanny fluidity that’s better than some luxury sedans costing three times as much. The cabin remains hushed, too, though the standard four-cylinder engine can get boisterous when pushed. The uplevel turbocharged engine has a quieter demeanor.

The Legacy tackles corners with restrained levels of body lean, feeling responsive and secure, but it isn’t as sporty as a Ford Fusion or Mazda6. The steering could use a bit more feedback to the driver regarding road texture and cornering loads. Still, its 54.5 mph speed through our accident avoidance maneuver test is impressive, and a testament to the Legacy’s utterly controllable, driver-friendly nature.

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Whether opting for the standard 2.5-liter or 2.4-liter turbo (XT) engine, we would gravitate toward the Limited trim level to get the more supportive leather seats, including a power front passenger seat. Shoppers opting for the lower Premium trim should make sure to choose the optional package wit...
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