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3 Reasons Why You Should Choose The New Subaru Legacy Over Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Ford Sedans

The new 2020 Subaru Legacy arrives this fall and should be a good choice for customers. See how it compares with the competition from Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Ford.

The newly-redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy has not arrived at showrooms yet, but when it does, customers should get the best Legacy sedan ever. The seventh-generation Legacy gets a big upgrade with a new 2.4-liter turbo engine in the Legacy XT trim that will bring the most power it’s ever had.

The 2020 Legacy XT 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine was sourced from the Ascent family hauler and brings 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque with it. It will be the most spirited sedan the brand has ever produced and the one for driving and performance enthusiasts. How does it compare with the competition from Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Ford?

2020 Subaru Legacy

Power and torque

The 2019 Toyota Camry XSE 3.5-liter V6 DOHC Dual-injection is the leader in power and comes with 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The 2019 Honda Accord 2.0-Liter VTEC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

The Ford Fusion is being discontinued but brings a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The all-new 2020 Nissan Altima gets a VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine produces only 236 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

The Legacy brings the most torque at 277 lb-ft and it should make it jump off the line and the best performer when pulling a hill. Most customers won’t be pulling any campers or trailers, but when loaded with cargo and people, it should deliver with the extra torque from the FA24 Boxer turbo.

Standard all-wheel drive

The 2020 Subaru Legacy is the only sedan that brings standard all-wheel drive. None of the competition from Toyota, Honda, Nissan, or Ford offers it as a standard feature. This is Subaru’s core value and even the base Legacy trim ($22,745) gets all-weather capability with its Symmetrical AWD system

2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT cabin

Interior volume

2019 Honda Accord comes with 105.6 cubic feet of interior volume beating the Legacy by .1 cubes and is the undisputed leader. The 2020 Subaru Legacy is a close second offering up 105.5 cubes, the 2019 Ford Fusion sedan brings 102.8 cubic feet, the Nissan Altima offers 100.8 cubic feet, and the Toyota Camry pulls up the rear at 100.4 cubes.

The all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy leads the competition in many categories and it should be the best Legacy sedan the brand has ever produced. It will begin arriving in showrooms this September. Stay tuned for the Torque News test drive of the new turbo XT trim.

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James (not verified)    August 20, 2019 - 5:47PM

“260hp... It will be the most spirited sedan the brand has ever produced, and the one for driving and performance enthusiasts.”

*except for the 300+hp WRX Sti sedans subaru has been making for the past 15 years...

Sean Vandergriff (not verified)    August 20, 2019 - 6:50PM

Did you really just say that this Legacy will be the "... most spirited sedan the brand has ever produced...?"

Are you aware the they used to produce the Legacy GT? They still produce the WRX and STI. The transmission isn't even a part of this equation at the moment, although I truly believe this makes a big difference for the overall experience that I would use to classify whether or not a vehicle is spirited.

I feel confident in stating that this new Legacy will be very nice, but by no means is it the most spirited sedan ever produced.

That being said, I agree with the overall assessment. The Legacy should be a strong consideration when comparing it to the other vehicles in its class.

Darren Cate (not verified)    August 20, 2019 - 10:37PM

CVT transmission is not appropriate for that power unless dumbed down....Subaru mechanic told me their CVT has all sorts of problems.

Kylo Ren (not verified)    August 24, 2019 - 1:53PM

In reply to by Darren Cate (not verified)

I have a first gen Subaru's my only driver and it has been all across the country. It has served well through the sea level areas in the south, to the west coast elevations and submerged wet areas/muddy environments. And I have towed with my Legacy without a problem. In case you're wondering...I have a family of four to haul around. Over 250K and still adding more, I have done most maintenance on my own. The dealer does my differential, tranny fluids. I will agree that the bit of jerking of the CVT pisses me the end, my Subaru is going strong.

Seth (not verified)    August 21, 2019 - 3:59PM

As the only one posting on this forum who has already driven the xt limited and xt touring legacy, as well as the onyx edition and xt touring outback, this will really be the best sedan we have put out overall. If you disagree or don’t take the time to drive the car and see it in person, its your loss. This thing is not something you will want to sleep on. I have a stage three sti right now and i cant wait to get a new xt touring legacy this year. It will be my fourth subaru and ive been counting down the days since i drove it back in may. Until you actually get behind the wheel none of you know what you’re talking about.

Digitaldoc (not verified)    August 21, 2019 - 5:58PM

In reply to by Seth (not verified)

Fair enough if you are the only one that has driven this car. However, equally importantly, you need to drive also the midsize sedan competition as well, like the Accord 2.0t, the Camry V6, and the Altima 2.0t among others before we declare the Legacy all that awesome.