2019 Subaru Legacy Driving Impressions

There may be little to get excited about, but that’s not the Legacy’s purpose. Rather than conveying motoring delight, this midsize simply proceeds with its tasks, providing a welcome sense of confidence.

Sedate and smooth-riding, suffering little road noise, Subaru’s larger sedan manages to emulate a luxury car, without demanding a lofty price. Tracking adeptly in straight-line highway driving, the Legacy easily settles into an easygoing, comfortable cruise.

Linear, direct steering combines with ample road grip to keep the Legacy well-planted even when the pavement turns twisty. Sport-trim suspensions are no different from those on other Legacy sedans.

Performance is indisputably on the light side. Around town, at least, the standard four-cylinder engine provides adequate response, stimulated by curiously snappy reactions to the gas pedal. Highway passing is markedly more challenging. Picking the six-cylinder alternative certainly boosts performance, but the difference is paid for at the gas pump.

Simulated gear ratios, selected by paddles, help make the CVT feel like a conventional automatic transmission. All-wheel drive helps the Legacy feel sure-footed on any surface.

Even with standard AWD, the base engine promises decent fuel economy, EPA-rated at 25/34 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. The six-cylinder engine demolishes those estimates, sinking to a far-from-frugal 20/28/23 mpg. All Legacy sedans use regular gasoline.

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