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CR's 5 Best Used Sedans Under $20K And Why Subaru Legacy Is A Top Pick Now

What are the five best used sedans priced under $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 ranking from Consumer Reports (by subscription) says the 2016 and 2017 Subaru Legacy is your best choice for a midsize sedan. They also rank the 2015-2017 Honda Accord, 2017-2018 Mazda 6, 2014-2016 Toyota Avalon, and 2015-2017 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 2016 and 2017 Subaru Legacy comes standard with all-wheel-drive for superior winter driving performance. Consumer Reports says the Legacy demonstrated much better than average reliability in its owner surveys.

2016-2017 Subaru Legacy

What is the Legacy fuel mileage?

In Consumer Reports owner surveys, they get a reported overall 27 mpg. The EPA says the 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

The 2016 and 2017 Subaru Legacy model years 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).

2016-2017 Subaru Legacy

What does Consumer Reports say?

CR says, "This generation Legacy is more refined than its predecessors, which made a good sedan even better. Subaru improved the interior quality, added a new infotainment system, and elevated the ride quality to near-luxury levels. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder returned 26 mpg overall, impressive given the standard all-wheel-drive; a smooth 3.6-liter six is also available. Both engines are mated to a CVT. Handling is responsive. The spacious and quiet cabin provides plenty of room for the driver, along with a large rear seat and simple controls. Large windows and thin roof pillars supply excellent outward visibility, helped by a standard backup camera and optional BSW. Crash-test results are top-notch, and both FCW and AEB are available."

What is the price of the 2016 Legacy?

The 2016 Subaru Legacy price range is from $13,850 to $17,750, depending on the model, miles, and condition.

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.

What sets the Legacy apart this winter?

Whatever trim level you choose, the Legacy midsize sedan comes with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. You don't pay extra for the all-weather system, which delivers extreme weather capability in snow and ice.

Should you buy a new 2023 Subaru Legacy?

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

Legacy trim levels and pricing

The 2023 Legacy sedan 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 a 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 the 2016 and 2017 Subaru Legacy sedan is a top pick by Consumer Reports. The Legacy offers fuel-efficiency, all-wheel-drive for excellent winter driving performance; it gets the highest safety scores and a 5/5 in 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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