Subaru’s Outback station wagon is not for you? The Legacy sedan, which is mechanically identical to the Outback, might be a better choice. The Legacy is available with standard all-wheel drive, a turbocharged or 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but it gives up the rugged appearance in favor of traditional family-sedan styling. Although the Legacy’s cabin feels spacious and well-built, it is not as spacious as the Outback wagon’s trunk. It is in the same market as some of our favourite sedans, such as the Honda Accord and Mazda 6, and the Toyota Camry. All of these vehicles offer the same practicality, more driving pleasure, and sharper styling.
What’s new for 2021?
The Legacy, like the Outback station wagon receives three updates in 2021. Subaru now offers adaptive headlamps as standard. A rear-seat alert and passenger seatbelt warning feature have been added.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
We’d love to have the turbocharged engine in our car, but it is only available in Limited XT or Touring XT models. The mid-range Sport is a better compromise between features and price. It comes with 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, a rear spoiler and keyless entry with push button start. There is also an auto-dimming rearview with compass and cloth upholstery with red contrast stitching.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
Standard is a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower. The 260-hp turbocharged 2.4 liter engine is available on Limited XT and Touring XT models. All Legacy models come with all-wheel drive and an continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Both engines have been tested now, and we are amazed at the difference a turbo makes. The Touring XT hit 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds, while the non-turbo Sports took a disappointing 8.0 seconds. The new Legacy has slightly better handling dynamics than the previous generation, and offers a similar compliant ride.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
Non-turbo cars have higher fuel-economy estimates according to the EPA (27 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg together), but turbocharged models can still achieve 24 mpg, 32 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg when combined. Both powertrains achieved 34 mpg in our 200-mile highway fuel economy tests. This is 1 mpg less than the Accord 2.0T’s. The Subaru and Honda are not as efficient as the Camry SE with a 2.5-liter engine, which achieved an impressive 45 MPG.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Although the measurements don’t show it, the Legacy feels much larger than the previous generation model, especially in the back. Although the Legacy’s design is still a bit dowdy, its interior is functional and well-chosen materials. Standard upholstery is cloth, while the Limited and Touring models come with leather. Comfortable and well-sculpted, the front seats have a comfortable contour. On the higher trims, the driver’s seat has a manual thigh extension. This is a great feature for long-legged buyers. In our testing, the trunk was generously sized. It held eight suitcases and one more than that of the Accord.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The base models come with Subaru’s Starlink infotainment systems that have dual 7.0-inch displays. Premium models have the latest 11.6-inch vertically-oriented infotainment screen from Subaru. It looks almost like it was borrowed from a Volvo. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are standard. In-dash navigation is optional on all other models except the Legacy. Standard is a four-speaker stereo system. Premium and Sport models have a six-speaker setup. Anything above that receives a Harman/Kardon 12-speaker audio system.