The Subaru Legacy family is available in sedan or wagon body styles in a wide range of variants for 2007. The Legacy 2.5 i, 2.5 i Special Edition, and 2.5 i Limited, along with the Outback 2.5 i Basic, 2.5 i, 2.5 i L.L. Bean Edition, 2.5 i Limited, and 2.5 i Limited L.L. Bean Edition models get a 175-horsepower 2.5L horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. Legacy 2.5 GT Limited and 2.5 GT spec.B and Outback 2.5 XT Limited models have a 243-horsepower 2.5L turbocharged flat-four. And the top Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition gets the smooth 245-horsepower, 3.0L flat-six engine.
The Legacy 2.5 GT Limited Wagon and 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition have a standard five-speed automatic transmission; Special Edition 2.5 i models have a standard four-speed automatic. Most other models have a standard five-speed manual with an automatic optional, except spec.B models, which have a six-speed manual standard.
All Legacy and Outback models have all-wheel drive systems. Legacy models have a suspension tuned for good on-road performance and handling, while Outback models have a heavy-duty, raised suspension with up to 8.7 inches of ground clearance that's oriented toward unpaved roads and trails.
Base Legacy 2.5 i models come equipped modestly but with most common conveniences such as power windows, locks, and mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, alloy wheels, and a 100-watt, MP3-compatible CD sound system with auxiliary input and six speakers. Special Edition models add a power driver's seat and power moonroof, while the 2.5 i Limited includes heated front seats and mirrors, a six-disc CD changer, dual-zone climate control, fog lamps, leather trim, and a wiper de-icer.
2.5 GT models get a new Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) system, which enables three different levels of engine performance, Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp. The new performance-oriented 2.5 GT spec.B Sedan also gets an exclusive Bilstein Sport Suspension with aluminum suspension components, inverted struts, 18-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires, special ground effects, interior trim, and a standard navigation system (available on GT Limited). The 2.5 GT Limited along with the spec.B, also gets a quicker steering ratio, larger front brake rotors, and ventilated rear rotors.
The more ruggedly styled Outback is also available in both sedan and wagon variants, but as a sedan it's only available in top Limited or L.L. Bean trim. Wagon Outbacks come in a 2.5 i Basic model, which roughly compared with the Legacy 2.5 i, and the range progresses all the way up to the L.L. Bean Edition models, which add a standard navigation system, aluminum wheels, and upgraded power seats along with a special two-tone scheme.
Front-seat side-impact air bags, side-curtain air bags for all outboard occupants, and active front head restraints are standard on all models, as are anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. The Legacy is a top performer in crash tests, and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Gold.
Despite not looking all that different, the 2020 Subaru Legacy pictured here is a brand-new sedan. And while it might not stir emotions with its design, those who look beneath the conservative sheet metal will discover a spacious interior chock full of new technology, not to mention a more robust chassis that makes the Legacy much nicer to drive.
The 2020 Legacy rides on Subaru's new global platform that also underpins the Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza and Outback. This stiffer, stronger frame forms the bones of a sedan that's about the same size as before, with a 108.3-inch wheelbase.
For those hoping the stiffer platform translates to tighter, more responsive handling, I'm sorry to say that's not the case. Tossing the Legacy Sport into curves, you'll experience some dive under braking and a bit of controlled roll at turn in. The car's road-holding abilities are just OK through bends, but pushing it moderately hard results in howls from the 18-inch Yokohama Avid GT BluEarth tires. Even with the most aggressive Sport Sharp drive mode activated, the Legacy's steering is numb off center, though weight builds progressively as you turn. The brakes boast strong initial bite at the top of the pedal stroke and are easy to modulate.
The Good ~ Standard all-wheel drive ~ Cushy ride comfort ~ Massive infotainment screen
The Bad ~ Bland exterior styling ~ Base engine is somewhat gutless
The Bottom Line The 2020 Subaru Legacy is a little dull, but a feature-rich and comfortable midsize sedan.
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