Earlier this winter, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) called the new Subaru Legacy “Canada’s Best New Large Sedan.” afterwards an accelerated and methodical testing and appraisal program.
As one of the jurors on this awards program, and by authentic fluke, account of the all-new Legacy’s class win bankrupt center through a week-long analysis of said accurate car.
I wasn’t surprised.
Here’s a big, comfortable, athletic auto that’ll calmly absorb four adults and their gear. It’s got a mile-long assurance achievements account that includes some actual cutting-edge stuff, and an AWD arrangement that’s consistently on the ball.
My tester was the loaded-as-she-goes GT, complete with a 260-horsepower, flat-four turbo, and it came in a beat over $39,000.
The berth is roomy, brindled abundantly with accumulator cubbies and charging ports, and akin accurately with bond and covering and brownish $.25 for a high-end feel. The vertically-oriented touch-screen gives the top-line berth a high-tech beheld punch.
The big-screen arrangement proves accessible to cross and dispense afore long. There’s alike a accessible infographic affectation that acutely shows which assurance systems are active, which are not, and what they do. Slick stuff.
The drive is comfort-first.
The abeyance performs beautifully on alike actual asperous roads, befitting quiet and composed below fire. On the highway, it’s bendable but not lifeless. You’ve got abundant bigger options if you’re afterwards article adventurous and sharp, admitting Legacy GT is absolutely airy by a active adventure bottomward one’s admired abandoned affected alley afterwards a few inches of powder.
My better smiles came from experiencing how abundant ability the AWD arrangement and Blizzak elastic could address to the hard-packed below in apathetic driving. Equipped thusly, Legacy GT absolutely chomps into the snow and sees you off in a hurry, if you like. Alike in snow abysmal abundant to stick a front-drive in place, Legacy GT aloof calmly claws its way through.
It’s all absolutely automated and no disciplinarian bandwidth is required. Obey the laws of physics, of course.
The turbo agent is a high-torque assertive with a adorable ability surge, admitting added footed drivers will appetite to abstain boundless use of the turbo to accumulate ammunition bills reasonable.
There is temptation, however. There’s a adorable ‘slingshot’ feel to the acceleration, with ability abscess up as the turbo gets into its game. The complete is adequately restrained, but you’ll bolt a aroma of the signature boxer agent growl. The CVT manual is bland and refined, but enthusiast drivers will ambition for a added precisely-defined feel to kick-down and up-shifting.Note that the manual is adequately blatant back cold, with a loud beef accompanying its operation for the aboriginal few moments of a algid morning drive.
The LED headlights are actual powerful. Steering is ablaze and friendly, but the axis amphitheater is a bit hefty. The block is generous, admitting some may ambition it as a tad deeper. Others will ambition for block afterpiece handle. Without one, it’s acrid mittens all winter long.
All said, if you’re afterwards article big, comfy, safe, punchy, and acceptable in the snow, you’ll acceptable acquisition Legacy GT a ample and well-sorted offering. Here’s a big auto with abounding strengths, few weaknesses, and Subaru’s winter-driving bluster on abounding display.
Model: 2020 Subaru Legacy GTEngine: 2.4L flat-four boxer turbo, 260 horsepowerDrivetrain: Symmetrical AWDTransmission: Continually Variable Manual (CVT)Features: LED headlights, automated lights, acrimonious and cooled advanced seats, touch-screenwith navigation, automated altitude control, push-button ignition, EyeSight Assurance Arrangement with Disciplinarian MonitoringWhat’s hot: ample and comfy, abundant in the snow, befuddled and adorable engine, all-encompassing assurance content, accomplished headlightsWhat’s not: sportier drivers will ambition for a added absolute feel, no trunk-closer handle, agog back pushed