2023 Subaru Legacy sedan gets refreshed with enhanced safety


Subaru has updated the Legacy midsize sedan for 2023 with revised styling and the latest onboard tech. The 2023 Legacy lineup includes Base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring XT trims. Pricing is yet to be announced, but in the meantime, let’s take a brief look at what’s on offer.

Speaking of which, the styling revisions are rather subtle but noticeable compared with the outgoing model. The front fascia gets new headlights, a new large grille and a sporty new bumper. The Legacy Sport tries to look more sporty with a red accent on the front grille, black elements including mirror caps and a rear spoiler, and 18-inch gray alloy wheels. The Sport trim also gets a sport-tuned suspension setup.

Inside, the latest version of Subaru Starlink 11.6-inch touchscreen comes with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity. And apparently, the updated system now offers improved on-screen controls for audio, HVAC and vehicle functionalities. Other key features depending on the trim include a 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, Harman Kardon audio system, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. A 12-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar adjustment and heated steering wheel are optionally available.

The Sport trim builds on the Premium and features an exclusive black and gray two-tone interior theme with red contrast stitching. This trim also gets navigation and a power moonroof.

The Subaru EyeSight driver assistance tech includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System (standard on Sport and Touring XT). The Touring XT also gets a Wide-Angle Mono Camera that expands the field of view even further to recognize pedestrians and bicycles sooner. On models equipped with Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, EyeSight now includes Automatic Emergency Steering. The two systems work in conjunction to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 80.5 km/h (50 mph). Additional driver-assist technologies include Reverse Automatic Braking (standard on Sport) and EyeSight Assist Monitor with a head-up display. Passive safety includes 8 standard airbags.

The Legacy continues to be powered by a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated Boxer petrol engine that pumps out 136 kW (182 bhp/185 metric hp) and 239 Nm (176 lb-ft) of torque. The Legacy Sport packs a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 191 kW (256 bhp/260 metric hp) and 375.5 Nm (277 lb-ft) of torque. Both engines are paired with a CVT and an all-wheel-drive system.

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