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The 5 Best Used Cars Under $20K And Why Subaru Legacy Is A Top Pick Now

What are the five best used cars priced from $15,000 to $20,000? Check out the list and why the Subaru Legacy is a top pick by Consumer Reports.


What are the best Subaru Legacy years to buy for used car shoppers? An updated study from Consumer Reports (by subscription) says the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Subaru Legacy is your best choice for a midsize sedan. They also rank the 2014 Honda Accord, 2016 Mazda 6, 2013 Toyota Avalon, and 2016 Toyota Camry among the best options for midsize and large sedan shoppers.

Why should you choose the Legacy sedan? Sedans get better fuel mileage than SUVs, and the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Subaru Legacy comes standard with all-wheel-drive for all-weather performance. Consumer Reports says the Legacy demonstrated much better than average reliability in its owner surveys.

2015-2017 Subaru Legacy

What is the Legacy fuel mileage?

In Consumer Reports owner surveys, they get a reported overall 27 mpg. The EPA says the 2015-2016 Legacy gets 26/35 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg with the 2.5-liter engine and automatic transmission.

The Legacy has excellent crash test results

2015, 2016, and 2017 Subaru Legacy earned the highest Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Legacy also received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

2015-2017 Subaru Legacy

What does Consumer Reports say?

CR says, "The Legacy's 2015 redesign delivered welcome refinement to an already very good sedan, improving interior quality, adding a new infotainment system, and elevating the ride quality to near-luxury levels. Handling is responsive. The spacious and quiet cabin provides plenty of room for the driver, along with a large rear seat and simple controls."

What is the price of the 2015-2016 Legacy?

The 2015-2016 Subaru Legacy price range is from $13,625 to $17,075, depending on the model, miles, and condition.

2017 Subaru Legacy

In other recent rankings, Consumer Reports also picked the 2017 Subaru Legacy as a top pick for shoppers. The 2017 Legacy is a top pick among midsize sedans, and CR says it wins the category for five-year-old models.

What is the price of the 2017 Subaru Legacy?

The 2017 Subaru Legacy price range is from $18,850 to $23,700, depending on the model, miles, and condition.

What is the Legacy fuel mileage?

CR says the Legacy gets an owner-reported 27 mpg. The EPA fuel mileage estimates for the 2017 Legacy with the 2.5-liter engine are 25/34 city/highway and 29 combined mpg.

Should you buy a new 2023 Subaru Legacy?

The 2023 Subaru Legacy is available now if you order a new model. The 2023 Legacy midsize sedan gets new updates with a redesigned front fascia, the latest version of EyeSight safety technology, and a new wide-angle mono camera. Subaru also updated Legacy's multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Legacy trim levels and pricing

The 2023 Legacy sedan now comes in five trim levels. The 2023 midsize sedan starts at $25,415 for the base trim, Premium ($27,715), Limited ($32,465), Sport with new 2.4-liter turbo engine ($34,915), and Touring XT ($38,715). Destination and delivery fees are included in the pricing above ($1,020).

With the new model shortages, if you can't find a new vehicle, Midsize sedan shoppers have several good used car choices, and 2015, 2016, and 2017 Subaru Legacy sedan is a top pick by Consumer Reports. The Legacy offers fuel-efficiency, all-wheel-drive for all-weather performance; it gets the highest safety scores and much better than average reliability.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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