2023 Subaru Legacy is nestled among the rugged-looking crossovers in Subaru dealerships and is easy to miss. As for the looks, it has got the conventional family sedan it is. Also seems distantly related to the lifted Outback station wagon, though the two are built on the same platform. The Jap does know how to build exciting cars; with the BRZ and several generations of rally-inspired WRXs. The car is competently aloof, and its base four-cylinder engine delivers unremarkable acceleration. The turbocharged four-pot is optional which provides more eager acceleration. However, none of the long production models ever deliver the same driving engagement that comes in a Honda Accord as standard. Also, there isn’t a hybrid powertrain here, something that’s available in the Honda, as well as in the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry. The car rides comfortably, is fairly spacious, and quite well-equipped; which includes standard all-wheel drive.
This Japanese family sedan sports the updated look for 2023, with a larger grille, a revamped front bumper, and different headlamps. The mid-range Sport trim now comes with a 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-Liter four-cylinder as standard. With additional exterior embellishments, which include a red stripe in the grille and gray mirror caps. Automated emergency steering is added to the host of available driver-assistance features. The top Touring XT trim now uses a new wide-angle camera improving field-of-view for the EyeSight system.
Engine & Performance
The 2.5-Liter horizontally opposed four-pot engine is standard pumping out 182 horsepower. Sport, Limited XT, and Touring XT trim house a 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-Liter engine. All Legacy models have all-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Touring XT manages to hit 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds while the non-turbo requires 8.0 seconds. Regardless of the engine under the hood, the new Legacy features improved handling dynamics over the last gen. And a much more compliant ride. The Legacy’s cabin is much bigger than the last gen’s, particularly in the back. While the design is still on the low-key side, the interior is functional, with well-chosen materials throughout. Cloth upholstery is standard, but the high-end models have leather. The front seats are well designed and comfortable, and the upper trims feature a manual thigh extension for the driver’s seat.
|2023 Subaru Legacy Mileage||City||Highway|
|Non-Turbo Variant||27 mpg||35 mpg|
|Turbo Variant||24 mpg||32 mpg|
The non-turbo variants can achieve higher fuel-economy estimates. From the EPA, the non-turbo delivers 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. While the turbocharged models aren’t far behind at 24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined.
Dimensions & Space
|2023 Subaru Legacy Dimensions|
|Cargo Volume||15 cu ft|
All base models boast Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system featuring dual 7.0-inch displays. The Premium model has the company’s latest 11.6-inch vertically oriented infotainment display looking as if it had been borrowed from a Volvo. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is standard. While in-dash navigation is only standard on the Limited XT and Touring XT models.
|2023 Subaru Legacy Pricing||Price (USD)|
|Limited XT||$36,000 (est)|
The midrange Sport offers a good combination of price and features. Not only does it come with the more powerful 260-hp turbocharged four-cylinder it also adds a bunch of desirable equipment. The Sport comes standard with 18-inch wheels, a power sunroof, LED fog lamps, a rear spoiler, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry with push-button start, and more.
Specifications & Top-Speed
|2023 Subaru Legacy Specifications||Specs|
|0-60 MPH||6.1 sec|
|0-100 MPH||15.6 sec|
|1/4 Mile||14.7 sec|
|Top Speed||140 mph|