2019 Subaru Legacy Concept – The newly standard crash-avoidance tech joins a vehicle that has earned crash-testing accolades from the IIHS and the NHTSA.
Underhood, most Legacys roll out of the automaker’s Indiana assembly plant with a 2.5-liter flat-4 rated at 175 horsepower, although a 247-hp flat-6 is on the options list. All Legacy is aided by a smooth continuously variable transmission (CVT) that makes the most of what’s on tap. Even with its standard all-wheel drive, the Legacy earns decent fuel-economy figures: 25 mpg city, 29 highway, 34 combined with the base engine.
That all-wheel drive also helps the Legacy feel sure-footed on any kind of road in just about any condition. No model is especially entertaining, but all go about their business with a confident feel augmented by little road noise and good straight-line highway tracking.
2019 Subaru Legacy Styling
The 2019 Subaru Legacy boasts clean lines, but it doesn’t push the limits much. That earns it a perfectly average score in our eyes: a 5 out of 10.
Unlike its Outback stablemate, the 2019 Legacy is light on personality inside and out. Its exterior doesn’t push the limits but is simple and almost upscale when draped in Sport and Limited trims with their dressier wheel designs. The 17-inch steel wheels on base Legacy look a little downmarket, though.
Inside, the Legacy’s dash eschews the angular, contrived look favored by so many rivals. Instead, it puts it’s 6.5- or 8.0-inch touchscreen displays high on the dash, with controls mostly grouped below or to the left of the steering wheel. Simple beige and gray interior hues adorn most Legacy sedans, although the Sports trim level has a mesh-like fabric. All trims but the base Legacy feature contrasting stitching across their dashboards that helps enliven things a little.
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2019 Subaru Legacy Performance
We like the way the 2019 Subaru Legacy drives, even if its underhood muscle is modest in most trims. Deducting a point for the 2019 Legacy’s limited power and adding one back for the way it absorbs pavement imperfections brings us to a 5 out of 10.
The vast majority of Legacy sedans feature a 2.5-liter flat-4 rated at 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, although a 3.6-liter flat-6 with 256 hp and 247 pound-feet is optional on the Legacy Limited trim level. Both engines pair a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to all-wheel drive.
2019 Subaru Legacy Features
The 2019 Subaru Legacy is offered in four trim levels, with a handful of option packages available. We give it two points above average-one for its overall good value and another for its ample equipment even in a base configuration. It’s a 7 out of 10 on our scale.
For about $23,400, the base Legacy includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen for infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all-wheel drive, active-safety tech such as automatic emergency braking, and power features. Alloy wheels run $350 extra.
2019 Subaru Legacy Safety
The 2019 Subaru Legacy is near the top when it comes to protecting its passengers. This year, active-safety features are standard equipment, helping elevate this four-door to an impressive 9 out of 10.
Only its lack of advanced self-driving safety gear keeps it from a perfect score.
All Legacy now include automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control in addition to eight airbags, stability control, and a rearview camera. Blind-spot monitors are standard on the Limited trim and optional on all but the base Legacy.