Stacked against Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords, the Legacy’s standard four-wheel drive and low-mount boxer motor give it outstanding control and all-weather stability. But the continuously variable transmission (the only option) and somewhat reckless design limit its appeal.
But the rest of the Subaru lineup looks decidedly outward. Legacy, with only its ordinary appearance, appears to be slightly out of place next to the Outbacks and Foresters. He’s a thirsty outdoorsy guy in khaki clothes and a button under that no Plaid, feeling embarrassed.
The 2023 design update helps fix that.
Subaru has not announced pricing for the 2023 Legacy. The 2022 model starts at $23,495, plus a $995 destination fee. Legacy 2023 will go on sale this fall.
The new front end is a big improvement
This is not a redesign of the wheels. It’s what the auto industry calls a mid-cycle refresh – an update to a car that’s still too new to need a complete rethink.
On paper, the visual changes look small. But it has a huge impact on the impression the car makes. The network is wider. The headlights are narrower. A new chrome piece extends the width of the front end and brings the lights and grille together. The reworked body lines around the lower air dam and fog lights seem to bring the car closer to the ground despite the ground clearance not being changed.
That’s all about external changes. The profile and rear view are exactly the same. Side mirrors get a darker shade of gray. It’s not a major update, but it somehow solves the car’s aesthetic awkwardness.
New safety technology, improved mobility
Inside, the changes are so subtle that we call them improvements. Models equipped with a central 11.6-inch touchscreen get Android Auto as standard and Apple CarPlay—both wireless. The fully heated steering wheel now gets heated up instead of where Subaru would guess you’d put your hands. Like other Subies, the navigation system now uses 3-word address technology, which helps provide directions to specific locations that lack a physical address, such as trails and scenic views.
The Legacy picks up the latest version of Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance suite, with a new electric brake booster and a wider field of view for cross-traffic alerts.
Finally, the Sport model is even sportier, getting a more powerful turbocharged engine previously limited to the Limited XT and Touring XT versions.