- 2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

What is it?

It's the all-new, seventh generation Subaru Legacy sedan, which replaces the sixth-generation model that's been around since 2014. This Touring XT version is the fully-loaded, top-specification trim that comes with all the bells and whistles, including the new turbo four-cylinder. Speaking of which, the range-topping $34,195 Limited XT and $35,895 Touring XT model are the only ways to get that engine.

Otherwise, the Legacy starts at $22,745 for the base model, followed by the $24,995 Premium, the $26,945 Sport, the $29,745 Limited, and the $34,195 Limited XT.

Why should you care?

- You're looking to spend no more than $36,000

- You're looking for something with all-wheel drive

- You're looking for something practical and will consider something that's not a crossover SUV

What are its competitors?

The Subaru Legacy has always held its own as a popular mainstream midsize sedan. However, due to its wide price range, it can be cross-shopped with many other different vehicles. It's main competitors however are:

- Honda Accord Sedan, Toyota Camry Sedan, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Altima, Mazda6

The Subaru Legacy however is the only car in its class to offer all-wheel drive.

Exterior

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

What I liked

- Fly-under-the-radar looks that still remains easy on the eyes, if that's your thing

- Great if you're robbing a bank and need to get away without being noticed

- A front-end design that doesn't have a stupidly massive grille

What I didn't like

- Fly-under-the-radar-looks, means it's quite unremarkably boring to look at

In a nutshell...

It's not a terrible looking sedan, but it's nothing exciting or grand to write home about. It just sits sort of right smack in the middle of neutral, and most people opting for this kind of car won't mind. It might be boring to look at, but boring in this segment sells in spades.

Interior

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

What I liked

- Very spacious and practical all around

- Comfortable seats with plenty of adjustability and a quiet interior

- Massive infotainment screen, tons of options and equipment

- Excellent outward visibility

What I didn't like

- Build quality is not terrible, but nothing remarkable

In a nutshell...

It's about as practical and comfortable as a good midsize family sedan ought to be. There's plenty of room for adults and kids with lots of storage space, split-folding rear seats, and cup holders. It has all the things you'll need to make for a competent daily driver, nothing more, nothing less.

Options & Equipment

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

What I liked

- As much kit available as any of its competitors

- So much safety equipment that it's almost near impossible to have an accident in one of these

- It's the only car in its class to offer all-wheel drive

- There's a neat feature in the trip computer that tells you how much gas you save from the automatic stop-start system

What I didn't like

- Some of that safety tech can be overly intrusive to those who actually pay attention while they're driving

- The audio quality of the sound system was a bit less than stellar

- Infotainment system froze or became unresponsive on a couple of accounts and sometimes acted like it had a Pentium processor from 15 years ago

In a nutshell...

Nothing really to complain about, except for how slow and unresponsive the infotainment system felt on a few occasions. Otherwise, the Subaru Legacy offers just as much kit and kaboodle as many of its rivals. Standard on all models is Subaru's latest EyeSight Driver Assist Tech, designed specifically to curb distracted driving, and all the other usual passive and active safety gear such as radar-guided cruise control, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward and Reverse Automatic Breaking for collision mitigation, and more.

Opt for anything above the base model and you get the giant 11.6-inch Tesla-like tablet center console either way, which houses everything from sat-nav, to detailed HVAC controls, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Performance & Driving Experience

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

Tested: the optional upgrade

- 2.4-liter turbocharged DOHC flat-four with 260hp and 277 lb-ft of torque

- Continuously Variable Transmission and All-Wheel Drive

- 0-60 in 6.1 seconds

- 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway (observed 23-25 mpg while testing around New York City Metro Area and New Jersey with mixed town and highway driving)

Alternative: the base engine, a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated DOHC flat-four with 182hp and 176 lb-ft of torque; 0-60 in 8.4 seconds; 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway

What I liked

- The turbocharged flat-four returns!

- Enough power to convince you that there's more than four banging pistons under the hood

- Very smooth and compliant ride with predictable handling and decent body control

- A CVT transmission that you can live with every day

What I didn't like

- Eco-minded tires means very uninspiring grip and handling, numb road feel

- So-so gas mileage if you like to get the turbo spooled up

- Blah engine note

- CVT transmission means a less than engaging driving experience for those seeking sportier mannerisms

In a nutshell..

Despite plenty of power, you'll certainly want to look elsewhere if you're looking for excitement. But if you're looking for a very competent sedan that does all the things you'd expect from a good daily, the Legacy does it all. It makes up for the lack of excitement with a comfortable, relatively composed, and quiet ride that won't be bothered by any road imperfections.

If you do want to shake off any tailgaters on on-ramps or pretend that the Legacy is just a bigger WRX (which it isn't) however, you'll be discouraged with the pudgy feeling and lack of confident grip from the soft eco-minded tires. But find a straight and the turbo-four will definitely make putting those pesky tailgaters at a distance a bit easier.

overall verdict

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

It's comfortable and quiet, well-equipped, and that's about it. As its competitors have sought more ways to sway younger, more enthusiastic buyers with sportier driving characteristics, more dramatic and eye-catching designs, the new Subaru Legacy basically becomes the default and beige midsize sedan that the Toyota Camry once was.

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT 2.4T Sedan - © 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

But in its case, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Subaru Legacy is great for those who don't want a midsize sedan that ruffles the feathers or shouts about itself too much, but just want a car that can get the job done with minimal excess. And there are a lot of buyers looking around in this segment for a no-frills, no fluff set of wheels that drives decent, gets good gas mileage, comes with all the bells-and-whistles, and most of all, has all-wheel drive for that all-weather and all-season confidence.

For that, the Legacy is hard to fault. However, if you're looking for something a little sportier, interesting, or stylistic, and don't necessarily need all-wheel drive, you'll be better off looking at any of its competitors.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments!

© 2020 All Photos Copyright of Chris Chin/C-Squared Photography (C-SquaredPhoto.com)

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