2023 Subaru Legacy First Look: Outback Face On a Sportier AWD Sedan

2023 Subaru Legacy First Look: Outback Face On a Sportier AWD Sedan

05/12/2022

An updated Subaru Legacy sedan was a given, following the refresh Subaru gave to its station-wagon sibling, the Outback, earlier this year. The two midsize vehicles are closely related, with the Outback sitting on a taller suspension and wearing body armor to give it strong whiffs of “SUV,” while the Legacy remains firmly rooted to the ground in the “car” world. So it tracks that as one is given fresh headlights, bumpers, wheel designs, and more, so will the other—and that’s exactly what’s happened to the 2023 Subaru Legacy.

Like its Outback relative, the Legacy adopts new headlights, a bigger grille, and fresh bumpers front and rear. While Subaru chose to slap extra plastic cladding on the Outback’s body this year, for the Legacy the automaker has gone with a sportier vibe. There are new fog lights and more sculpted intakes beneath each headlight. On Sport trim variants, there are even some red-colored accents in the grille, along with different intake designs and a nifty lip spoiler on the trunklid.

Speaking of That Sport…

Where previously the Legacy came standard nearly across the line with Subaru’s tried-and-true 182-hp 2.5-liter flat-four engine, siloing the available 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four in the pricier Limited XT and Touring XT models, now you can find the turbo engine in the new Sport trim, too. The Sport (pictured here in white), in addition to its zestier look described above, also gets a “sport-tuned” suspension and 18-inch wheels, along with a standard “360-degree” heated steering wheel, navigation, LED fog lights, a moonroof, and two-tone cloth seats with red accent stitching. Subaru says the turbo engine is also available in the Touring XT, though it appears as though the turbo has been stripped from the Limited trim, which now goes by that name alone, sans “XT.”

Every Legacy, regardless of the engine, uses Subaru’s continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and comes with all-wheel drive, making it still the only mainstream midsize sedan to have the feature standard across the lineup. As on the Outback, Subaru has fiddled slightly with the Legacy’s available features and safety equipment, adding a new “Wide-Angle Mono Camera” to the EyeSight active safety system on the range-topping Touring XT variant, which gives the system a better view of the road ahead and helps it detect pedestrians and other objects quicker when entering intersections. Legacys equipped with blind-spot monitoring now come with Automatic Emergency Steering, which can assist steering inputs to help avoid collisions at 50 mph or less.

While dual 7.0-inch touchscreens are standard on the entry-level Legacy, the 11.6-inch vertically oriented touchscreen is standard on all others (Premium, Limited, Sport, and Touring XT) and now includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability and improved on-screen climate controls. Beyond those tech changes are a handful of new colorways inside. The newer Legacy arrives in dealerships in Fall 2022, and pricing will be announced closer to that date.

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