Subaru finds the ugly stick and uses it to anesthetize Legacy. The only thing we can conclude from looking at the facelifted sedan is that its “bold look” is certainly not for everyone.
The changes are immediately apparent as the 2023 legacy avoids a timeless design for anything that points to attention. The updates are mainly focused on the front end, which gets a huge grille enclosed by the new LED headlights. Further down, there are more aggressive bumpers around a wide central eclipse and plasticized fog lights.
Customers who want to be different can choose modified sport trim. It is distinguished by a red grille accent and magnetite gray metallic richness in the side mirrors and rear spoiler. The model also has 18-inch alloy wheels with a gray finish.
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Entering the cabin, the Legacy Sport features exclusive black and gray upholstery with red contrast stitching. Buyers will receive a power moonroof, GPS navigation and additional safety equipment such as reverse automatic braking and a driverfocus distraction mitigation system.
While the Legacy Sport would come with a naturally ambitious 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 182 hp (136 kW / 185 PS) and 176 lb-ft (238 Nm) of torque, Subaru actually decided to inject the model into some games. As a result, it has a sport-tuned suspension and a new standard 2.4-liter turbo producing 260 hp (194 kW / 264 PS) and 277 lb-ft (375 Nm) of torque. It is paired with a constantly changing transmission and a symmetrical all-wheel drive system, just like the other 2023 legacies.
Additional changes are limited, but Legacy’s 11.6-inch Starlink infotainment system now includes Wireless Android Auto and Wireless Apple CarPlay, as well as “Advanced on-screen controls for audio, HVAC and car features.” Models with navigation are also proud of the new what3word integration.
In addition, the Legacy Sport and Turing XT’s all-weather package now includes a 360-degree steering wheel that will keep you warm wherever you touch it. The Turing XT also acquires new slate black napa leather with contrasting silver stitching.
Models equipped with blind-spot detection, including safety front, lane change assistance and rear cross-traffic warning, now have automatic emergency steering to help avoid collisions at speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km / h). The Range-topping Legacy Turing XT also features a wide-angle mono camera, which “expands the field of view so that pedestrians and bicycles can be quickly recognized when the vehicle enters a junction at low speeds.”
2023 Subaru Legacy will arrive at US dealerships this fall and prices will be approached near launch.