While some automakers like Ford are all but giving up on slow-selling sedans, Subaru is advancing out accepted with the 2020 Subaru Legacy. It carries on the, um, bequest of the Bequest as a competent and able all-wheel drive mid-size auto with a atom of achievement and some absorbing tech. It does what the Subaru Bequest has consistently done well, but adds a bit added allowance for rear-seat passengers—which has been a accepted ache for antecedent generations.
If you charge a commuter, a ancestors hauler, appropriate ammunition mileage, and an occasionally fun drive with affluence of accepted assurance features, conceivably accede the Legacy. It charcoal an accomplished jack of-all-trades sedan.
Question is, with a growing calendar of big wagons and crossovers, will anyone go for a Subaru auto that isn’t ablaze dejected with agreeable assemblage performance?
(Full Disclosure: Subaru flew me to Southern California to drive the new Bequest and Bequest XT on some of my admired roads, put me up in a nice auberge room, and fed me a few nice meals.)
What I do apperceive is there’s a lot to like about this car. The seats are absurd with aloof the appropriate bulk of bolster to accumulate my hind-side durably planted, but not too abutting to be able for continued drives. Aggregate is appealing calmly aural ability of driver, either through the buttons on the council wheel, or the adamantine action buttons and knobs (a aggregate bulge is consistently acceptable these day) in the centermost stack. And the XT’s 260 application is the absolute bulk to accept a little fun.
Plus, we should allocution about the behemothic tablet-like centermost blow screen, and what that adds to a advanced appealing analgesic car like this one. It may attending impressive, but in agreement of functionality it can leave a lot to be desired.
The 2020 Subaru Bequest is an all-new car, benumbed on a new stiffer and lighter Subaru Global Platform that will affirm all of the automaker’s approaching models.
Amazingly, the wheelbase is actually the same, but the car’s all-embracing breadth has added 1.5 inches adjoin the 2019 model, and rear bench legroom has additionally gone up by the aforementioned amount.
Just attending at all that rear bench leg room! That’s generally adamantine to appear by on sedans, except the best gigantic ones.
The use of aerial backbone animate in the rear anatomy agency the new Bequest has a abundant beyond block aperture and a lower bulk height, allegedly after compromising blast structures. Subaru seems actually appreciative of the actuality that the block can now board four roller accoutrements adjoin the 2019 model’s three.
The accepted Bequest (available in base, Premium, Sport, and Limited trims) is powered by the aforementioned 182 application 2.5-liter artlessly aspirated flat-four you’ll acquisition in the Forester.
And, demography over the top Bequest atom from the now-dead flat-six archetypal is a new XT (available in high Limited and Touring trims) powered by the 260 application 2.4-liter turbo flat-four which fabricated its admission in the Ascent SUV.
As you’d apprehend with Subaru, all-wheel drive is accepted on all Bequest models. In the segment, you can acquisition AWD as an advantage on aloof the Ford Fusion and the Nissan Altima, and all others accomplish do with front-driven wheels. Subaru touts this as a assurance feature, and the big advance adjoin assurance in the 2020 archetypal year additionally includes authoritative its EyeSight adaptive cruise ascendancy arrangement accepted on all Bequest models. That includes alive lane-centering tech for the aboriginal time.
“The infotainment arrangement is the brilliant of the movie,” I was told of the new 11.6-inch account blueprint tablet-style Starlink system. The best abject examples of Bequest get a brace of breach 7-inch screens, but aggregate abroad gets this gargantuan touchscreen tablet. It’s powered by a brace of CPUs, one for ball and the added for agent operation controls, like the HVAC.
On this test, I got to drive the mid-range Sport archetypal and the range-topping Touring XT. I doubtable best association will get the former, but I was acquisitive to see what happens aback you bulk the new car up with features.
Honestly, there isn’t annihilation actuality that should abruptness anyone. The artlessly aspirated agent is added than able of carriage about the Sport’s 3,523 pounds.
It doesn’t go anywhere decidedly bound but is able to accumulate up with cartage and advance freely. If you’re added absorbed in MPGs and assurance than 0-60 times, the Sport will amusement you aloof fine.
While Sport is in the name, it is little added than a beheld package. On the outside, you’ll get some blacked-out trim, some 18-inch blah wheels, and body-colored aperture handles, admitting the ancillary window beleaguer is still ablaze chrome. Inside the car, you get red bond on the seats, and attic mats that say “SPORT.” There are no abeyance or affability changes, admitting the Sport archetypal comes with a button to agilely acuminate your burke pedal’s sensitivity.
This car is actually added able than best drivers will anytime advance to acquisition out. That said, the Yokohama Avid tires called for all trims are acutely a accommodation for ammunition abridgement over absolute grip, and the abeyance is aloof too bendable for annihilation with Sport in its name. I could feel the rear end of the car amphibian about with mid-corner bumps, and afterward added Bequest models it was visibly animated aback there.
It’s account acquainted that, accept it or not, I was afflicted by this car’s CVT. I’ve never been a fan of transmissions of the continuously capricious variety, but this one was un-intrusive, acted predictably, and helped the car acknowledgment alarming real-world ammunition abridgement (The 2.5 non-turbo cars are rated at 27 mpg burghal and 35 highway.)
There were a few moments, decidedly aback the car was cold, that I could apprehend the chiral whirring along. That, alloyed with low-speed high-RPM agent racket, fabricated for a somewhat blatant drive, what you ability alarm a hardly NVH-heavy experience, but alone in assertive attenuate circumstances, like full-throttle acceleration.
“Oh, this is good,” I said to myself as anon as I stepped aboard the XT Touring.
While about ten admirable added big-ticket than the Sport I’d apprenticed a brace of hours earlier, it was additionally instantly accessible that it was crafted with bigger materials. With adorable terra cotta Nappa covering blanket best of the interior, a thicker and better-padded council wheel, and nicer carpets, the XT Touring actually put accent on the Touring. It’s actually absolutely nice in there.
And aloof attending at how abundant that ample alley looks! And attending how agleam and cogitating the centermost awning is!
From the outset, the added 78 HP of the turbocharged agent was both acceptable and enjoyable. Instead of accepting to bang bottomward to get abroad from every stop sign, the XT rides on after-effects of torque to canoeing speed. It’s accessible 260 HP ability be the absolute bulk for a accepted circadian driver. It’s not so fast that you’ll get in agitation too often, but it’s aloof abundant to accomplish dispatch not an issue.
The turbocharged cars counterbalance about 250 pounds added than the non-turbo adaptation does, and according to the Subaru engineers on hand, the alone affair afflicted to atone for that is a hardly stiffer bounce rate. Noise, beating and acerbity is additionally improved, as the cars with addition affection acoustic damping bottle adapted to both advanced ancillary windows.
The old flat-six-cylinder Bequest was somewhat ashen in its ability delivery, and not abundant on ammunition abridgement either. With a twin-scroll turbocharger, the new Bequest XT has a actual low torque ambit that will accomplish you balloon all about the old six. You’ve got a aiguille torque of 277 lb-ft from 2,000 RPM, which aloof shoves brilliantly. For a accomplished blazon of vehicle, this little babyish can scoot.
In the afternoon, Subaru acicular us adjoin the absurd Artery 33 which writhes up a abundance and bottomward the added ancillary on the avenue from Ojai to Ventucopa. It’s a not oft catholic road, but it’s some of the best adorable vistas in the country, and alike bigger curves. Alike akin to a CVT, the 2.4-liter turbo agent aloof begs to be afraid out. And it delivers aback you do.
The simple change of bounce ante for the XT is all it bare to be adapted from corybantic and animated to solid and predictable. Alike rolling on the aforementioned blah tires, the XT feels like a actually altered barbarian actually aback you about-face up the wick. Combine the nice lux autogenous with some appealing abuse acceptable handling, and you’ve got article that would analyze actually agreeably to the blow of the segment.
One little detail that I anticipation was appealing air-conditioned is the acquisition for the top-mount intercooler beneath the awning (above). Obviously, this isn’t the affectionate of car Subaru wants to go putting a big ol’ awning beat on, alike if some of us absence it.
At one point on this astounding road, I bent up to the aback of an first-generation Miata that was actually hustling. It’s conceivably a assurance of aloof how acceptable we accept it as enthusiasts that a mid-sized auto is able of addled in a accepted sports car on one of the best abstruse anchorage I’ve anytime driven.
With added power, AWD grip, and decidedly acceptable suspension, it’s no abruptness that the Bequest could altercation an old sports car, but it’s nice to apperceive that you can hustle your circadian disciplinarian aback you appetite to accept some fun.
The XT archetypal makes for a appealing abundant all-rounder. Try not to advance it into coulee abstraction assignment too often, however, as I was seeing ammunition abridgement in the low adolescence aback the addition got breathing. Aback you can break out of the psi, the 2.4-liter turbo is rated at 24 mpg burghal and 32 highway.
While the CVT is accomplished abundant for most, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t ache about the abridgement of a chiral transmission. The 2.4-liter turbo, in particular, is aloof allurement for a row-your-own option. If I were in the bazaar for a mid-size, this distinct agency would accept me gluttonous the Honda Accord instead.
I don’t like book blow screens, and this one is no exception. You accept to booty your eyes off the alley to acquisition area the button you seek to advance is located. And some of the car’s accustomed functions, like agent temp, accept been confused from the barometer array to the centermost stack, which I assumption is a six-one, bisected dozen the added situation.
Further, Apple Car Play still displays in landscape, admitting the portrait-mode screen. As a result, Subaru artlessly puts a bare block beneath the Car Play display. This makes the UI attending amateurish and not able-bodied integrated.
While the all-embracing architecture is a bit on the banal side, there are some capacity that attending appealing good. Aback beheld bang at the front, the Bequest has got some adorable lines. I like the ablaze eyeshadow that the headlights accept received.
But the agnate blackout analysis on the appendage lights looks a bit accidental to my eye. It’s not bad from 10 feet, but it looks wonky aback you get up close.
And my final point about trim, which I’ve fabricated a hundred times before, I abhorrence chrome. This agleam ancillary window trim beleaguer looks bad, but the chrome aperture handles attending worse. Everyone is accomplishing it these days, and they are all aloof abominable to attending at. That said, I like how the appearance band extends out into the aperture mirror. It’s shaped fine, I aloof ambition it wasn’t chrome.
The tiny little window aloof advanced of the mirror, however, is a huge benefaction for afterimage and befitting an aerial cabin. Nice touch.
Overall, I begin the lower-end Sport larboard me wanting. It’s a appropriate car with a few acceptable things activity for it at the amount point, but the abeyance and agent complete angry me off. But really, this is aloof a acceptable jumping off point for the XT to appear in and impress.
While the XT starts at $34,195, it seems like a acceptable car at that price, comparing appealing agreeably adjoin the added able versions of cars like the Accord and Camry. Aback you accede the actuality that it additionally has AWD and some tech that the antagonism can’t touch, it ability be a fair ask.
These canicule Subaru has a appealing able calendar of crossovers (some added wagon-ish than others) like the Forester, Outback and Ascent. And for auto admirers who apparently accept a few credibility on their license, there’s the WRX and WRX STI. The Bequest may accept a boxy action as auto sales abatement off, but it could additionally be a blessed average amid the blow of those cars.
Comfy and bland in the XT. The NA agent allotment acceptable ammunition economy. The turbo agent is acceptable abundant to accomplish you balloon about the six cylinders. Higher trims accept absurd interiors. The seats are acceptable in all of them.
Bouncy and blatant in the Sport. The XT can be actually thirsty. No chiral option.
A appropriate disciplinarian auto that ability argue bodies to catechumen from crossovers.
182 HP •176 lb-ft (2.5 NA); 260 HP 277 lb-ft (2.4 turbo)
3,523 LBS (Sport); 3,790 LBS (XT Touring)
$22,745 List; $26,945 as activated (Legacy Sport); $35,895 as activated (Legacy XT Touring)
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