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2019 vs. 2020 Subaru Legacy: What's the Difference?

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author photo by Eric Brandt January 2020
  • The Subaru Legacy sedan is all-new for 2020.
  • Similar to the new Outback, the all-new Legacy has a new interior, new technology and a new turbocharged engine.
  • As always, the new Legacy is still a strong value proposition in all-wheel-drive midsize sedans.

We keep hearing about doom and gloom for the sedan market as the SUV takes over as America's favorite automobile. But if you ask Subaru, the traditional sedan has plenty of life left in it. Though Subaru might be better-known for its rugged and quirky wagons and SUVs, the Subaru Legacy soldiers on with an all-new model for 2020. Because the exterior changes are pretty minor, you might not notice that it's a new car at first glance. But when you get inside and start driving it, the updates become much clearer.

Let's take a closer look at what's new for the 2020 Subaru Legacy.

2019 vs. 2020 Subaru Legacy

Exterior

If we're being completely honest, the update to the exterior of the Subaru Legacy doesn't look that all-new. The untrained eye might not even notice that it's a freshly redesigned car. However, that could be considered a good thing to the Subaru faithful who like Subaru's design language and don't want it to change too much. Sizing between the old and new models is almost identical -- the 2020 model is two inches longer than its predecessor. See the 2019 Subaru Legacy models for sale near you

As for the aesthetic changes, the headlights and taillights have a sharper shape, and the rake of the front and rear pillars is a bit steeper, giving the new Legacy a more aerodynamic shape. The front grille opening is also a bit bigger, giving it an almost SUV-like look. See the 2020 Subaru Legacy models for sale near you

2019 vs. 2020 Subaru Legacy

Interior

While the new exterior isn't that different, the interior certainly is. The 2019 Legacy was starting to look a bit dated on the inside compared to its competitors, and that's been thoroughly remedied with the all-new 2020 model. The new Legacy has a more premium look and feel, with a more modern design and nicer materials used throughout. We especially like the big new available infotainment system.

As for space, the new Legacy has a very similar amount of interior and cargo space as the previous model, but it's slightly more generous with back-seat legroom.

2019 vs. 2020 Subaru Legacy

Mechanicals

The 2019 and 2020 Legacy models each have two available engines. The base engine for each model year is similar, but the new one has slightly upgraded performance and fuel economy numbers. A 6-cylinder engine is no longer available in the Legacy for 2020, but it's been replaced by a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes more power and torque and returns better fuel economy than the outgoing 6-cylinder. As you'd expect, both Legacy models come standard with all-wheel drive on every trim.

2019 Subaru Outback Engines

  • 2.5-liter flat four; 175 horsepower, 174 lb-ft of torque; 25 mpg city/34 mpg hwy
  • 3.6-liter flat six; 256 hp, 247 lb-ft of torque; 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy

2020 Subaru Outback Engines

  • 2.5-liter flat four; 182 hp, 176 lb-ft of torque; 27 mpg city/35 mpg hwy
  • 2.4-liter turbocharged flat four; 260 hp, 277 lb-ft of torque; 24 mpg city/32 mpg hwy

2019 vs. 2020 Subaru Legacy

Technology

The 2019 and 2020 Legacy models each come standard with Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver assistance technology on every trim. The 2019 Legacy includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. The 2020 model adds lane-centering.

Both models also have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, but the 2020 Legacy has a fantastic new 11.6-in infotainment system on every trim except the base model. This large, tabletlike screen has a very user-friendly interface, and it's a great display with lots of features.

Pricing

The 2020 Legacy has a starting MSRP of $22,745, and the 2019 model starts at $22,545. They each get into the mid-$30,000 range when you get into the higher trims with the upgraded engines.

2019 vs. 2020 Subaru Legacy

Conclusion

The 2020 Subaru Legacy might not look that new at first glance, but all the technological upgrades, the exciting available turbocharged engine and the heavily revamped interior make the new model a great upgrade. If you like the idea of a midsize sedan with standard AWD, you need to check out the new Legacy. Find a 2019 Subaru Legacy for sale or Find a 2020 Subaru Legacy for sale

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