Back in 2019, Subaru launched the all-new Legacy for the US market. With its more dashing looks, high-tech features, and a new turbocharged flat-four, the automaker injected some zing back into their midsize sedan. Sadly, we don’t see the all-new Legacy here in the local market as the company gave up on the D-segment market years ago.
The Japanese automaker has already launched new Evoltis, Forester, Outback, and Impreza models but still no new Legacy. The luxurious yet ever-so sporty sedan seems to have vanished from local dealers.
It is a totally different story stateside, however, as Subaru has released refreshed 2023 Legacy. This accompanies the revitalized look of the Outback over there as well. Focusing on the Legacy, the reinvigoration is exciting as there is a new turbocharged engine option and a new look to boot.
Five variants have been announced in the US. The lower two will get Subaru’s standard Symmetrical AWD with Active Torque Vectoring and will be powered by the 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated flat-four. This will be paired with a Lineartronic CVT with 8-speed manual shift mode and steering wheel paddle shift control switches. The naturally aspirated engine will produce 182 PS and 239 Nm of torque.
The rest of the model line upwards will have a more exciting engine. It's the turbocharged 2.4-liter Boxer that makes 260 PS and 375 Nm of torque. Like the 2.5, the turbo flat-four comes with a Lineartronic CVT with the Symmetrical AWD system.
The most noticeable changes will be on the exterior. The new model will sport a front mask. The grille has been enlarged and incorporated into the front bumper. New LED headlights and fog lamps complete the face and strengthen Subaru’s “Dynamic X Solid” design philosophy giving the car a low and wide stance. The rear taillights haven’t been updated much as they still have that current XV look but with dual exhaust pipes.
When it comes to in-car technology, the Legacy will feature the latest Subaru mechanizations. Wide-angle monocular camera functions have been added to the newest iteration of their “EyeSight” tech giving the car another eye to complete stereo vision. This will be added to the facial recognition and help with collision warning and overall visibility. The Starlink system housed in the 11.6-inch infotainment screen will also be updated and feature wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system will also feature a “waht3words” or W3W location information system and will also have facial recognition like the Outback.
With a powerful turbocharged engine, tech, and safety features, customers and the Subaru-faithful will enjoy this new 2023 update. Too bad they axed the line here locally as this could be a great contender to the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Mazda 6.