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2020 Subaru Legacy XT: Another hit for Subaru

Updated: Jul 7, 2021

Subaru's WRC efforts date back to 1980, using the racing team to showcase its symmetrical all wheel drive technology. The team was historically an extremely strong one, competing in the WRC longer than any other manufacturer team in their current form. The Legacy has numerous wins under its belt. A 1990 Legacy was the first Group N car to ever finish the WRC Safari Rally.

The drive

The XT benefits from an improved suspension, plus the return of a turbocharged engine option - and at $36,795 it's the real deal.

This front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan is once again, a surprise contender for our best sedan category for the AutoFOCUS Awards.

On the handling front, the Legacy XT is a second quick with 260 horsepower and it runs smooth making it easy to enjoy. The 2.4 L 4-cylinder shows its stuff in every situation.

We got it on the highway for extended test drives up and down I-95, I-75 and around town under various conditions, even took it through some of my favorite Florida neighborhoods. The superb suspension calibration was amazing, even on the roughest pavement.

With a curb weight of 3,790 lbs, it's pretty agile too. The standard all-wheel-drive system delivers a level of stability through corners that the most respected sports cars would envy, providing the driver with more confidence. It6s really a winner, but that’s how Subaru rolls, they simply know how to make reliable, durable, and now more attractive vehicles that can handle an array of challenges.

Subaru's Eye sight driver assistance suite comes standard on all 2020 Legacy models. On higher trims, it's expanded to include rear automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The suite works accurately on well-marked roads in clear conditions. The mileage is a respectable 24 in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Exterior design

Starting with the front facia - Badness all the way - like a race car right? Yes Subaru Races - you don’t know? You do now. The grille - Left to right - those large elongated headlamps, smooth zigzag edge on the interior. Bold Subaru grille with the badging in the middle - the ridges of the grille actually protrude. Down low, the lower spoiler with the lower lamp on the edges. A wider look reveals a handsome car with a sleek demeanor. Subaru has done an excellent job enhancing the design here. I love the side exterior mirror- that chrome dividing line nice touch.

Interior design & functionality

Inside, there are quite a few surprises. For example, I’m blown away by a new multimedia system featuring the latest version of Subaru's Starlink infotainment interface.

Looks like a laptop and on higher trims, you can opt for a new portrait-oriented touchscreen with big icons. Everything's right there at a touch.

Limited and Touring models also come with a 12-speaker Harman-Kardon audio system that provides one of the best listening experiences in the segment thanks to its clarity and balanced sound distribution.

That sweet caramel Leather sport bucket seats, matching the doors - premium style right there. Driver readout - speedometer - racing style design - like that


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