2023 Subaru Legacy in RI

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For the everyday driver who requires a simple, no-nonsense vehicle that’s easy on the eyes and supplied with great features, the 2023 Subaru Legacy is hard to pass up. This sleek four-door is a trusty pick among midsized sedans for its comfort and safety features, especially since it comes standard with all-wheel drive. As far as changes for this new model year, the 2023 Legacy has a larger grille, a revised front fascia, and sharper-looking headlights. The Sport trim gains a heartier turbocharged engine and a few exterior flourishes in the form of a red-accented grille and some gray elements. Meanwhile, the ’23 Legacy’s safety system gets automatic emergency steering, and the top-end Touring XT receives a wide-angle mono camera that enhances the EyeSight suite’s field of view. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now provided in the Premium and above grades, too.

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Trims and Performance

Subaru’s reliable Legacy is made in five trims: Base, Premium, Limited, Sport, and Touring XT. The first three have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. The Sport and Touring XT move up to a 2.4-liter turbo producing 260 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Each engine is linked to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and all-wheel drive is standard, as mentioned. As determined by the EPA, the 2.5-liter models achieve an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Those with the turbo powerplant see a slight reduction in fuel economy to 23 city/31 highway.

Trim-Specific Equipment

The Base comes with LED steering-responsive headlights, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, transmission paddle shifters, single-zone automatic climate control, a front USB-A port, illuminated vanity mirrors, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback. The Premium has heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a windshield wiper de-icer, power-adjustable and heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a front USB-C port, rear USB-A and USB-C charging ports, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Limited gets LED fog lights (which can be ordered with the Premium), proximity access and a PIN-code entry system, push-button start, heated rear outboard seats, leather upholstery, a driver’s seat with position memory, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink.

The Sport lacks the Limited’s heated rear outboard seats, driver’s seat memory, and leather upholstery; however, it gains gray-tipped side mirrors, a moonroof, a trunk spoiler, dual stainless-steel exhaust outlets, a heated steering wheel, and sport cloth upholstery with red contrast stitching. The Touring XT returns the heated rear outboard seats and driver’s position memory from the Limited and adds power-folding side mirrors, ventilated front seats, and deluxe Nappa leather upholstery. A few of those high-end features are optional for the lower trims (for instance, the Premium is eligible for proximity access with the PIN-code system and push-button start. What’s more, the Premium and Limited can be ordered with the moonroof, while the Limited alone qualifies for the heated steering wheel).

Driver-Assistive Technologies

Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assistance technology suite is standard in all trims. It includes advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking. Each trim also has automatic high beams (High Beam Assist). The Limited and above add blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert (which are optional for the Premium) and reverse automatic braking, while the Sport and Touring XT also get the DriverFocus distraction mitigation system (which is optional on the Limited).

Audio and Communication

The Base’s infotainment system has a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a four-speaker audio system. The Premium moves up to an 11.6-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker sound system, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Limited gets an audio upgrade to a high-end Harman Kardon system with 12 speakers. While the Sport reverts to the six-speaker unit, it receives integrated navigation and voice recognition, which are options on the Limited. The Touring XT comes with navigation, too, plus the Harman Kardon system and a CD player.

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