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2020 Subaru Legacy Interior Review


Interior: 7.7

The redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy looks great inside. It's more stylish than the outgoing model, and it features plenty of premium materials throughout its cabin. In fact, this is one of the nicer cabins in the midsize car class. Both rows of seats are spacious and comfortable, and the user-friendly infotainment system is available with a gigantic 11.6-inch touch screen. Trunk space is subpar for the class, but at least it's easy to load items.

  • "The rest of the interior is pretty impressive as well. … Granted, I only drove mid- and high-level trims, but I was really impressed by what a nice place the Legacy’s cabin has become. Even without taking the mondo touch screen into consideration, it’s a more elegant environment than that of the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry (and I’m a big fan of the Camry’s asymmetrical design). Subaru offers four interior colors, plus a Sport theme with red stitching for the black interior, so there’s also good variety to be had." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The new Legacy's well-trimmed cabin keeps the old car's straightforward design but with flourishes and soft-touch plastics that make it appear far more premium." -- Car and Driver
  • "Regardless of model, interior ambiance is on par with the competition. The cloth seats in the Premium model we tested were nicely finished, but the luxury upgrades of the Limited and up models bring a significantly more upscale look and feel." -- Consumer Guide


The Legacy seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. Leather or upgraded Nappa leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

You'll enjoy the Legacy's seats, regardless of where you're riding. Both rows are extremely spacious, and they can accommodate even tall adults with ease. The seats aren't just roomy; they're also comfortable. There's also excellent visibility for the driver.

  • "The seats are much softer and generously cushioned than those in many other sedans. When the seats are covered in the high-grade leather found in the Touring XT model, they feel very upscale. The back seat, too, is well padded. And while it might not quite match the rear legroom of the Honda Accord, the Legacy does offer better headroom and visibility thanks to its more upright roofline." -- Edmunds
  • "The Legacy might not be a slave to fashion, but this conservative design approach has resulted in lots of space for passengers. Without a heavily raked roof or dramatically angled beltline, the Legacy feels absolutely huge inside, with a ton of glass area and thin pillars resulting in a commanding view of the world outside. A 6-foot-tall driver can put the front seat in their ideal driving position while a similarly sized passenger rides comfortably in the back." -- CNET
  • "Just look at all that rear seat leg room! That’s often hard to come by on sedans, except the most gigantic ones." -- Jalopnik

Interior Features

Standard features in the Legacy include the Starlink infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, wireless device charging, a six-speaker audio system, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, HD Radio, an 11.6-inch touch screen, two additional USB ports, and navigation.

The standard touch screen works well, and there are physical controls for some audio and climate functions. The larger touch screen (which comes in every trim but the base) draws rave reviews. It still has some of the issues you'll find with any touch screen – such as having to take your eyes off the road to accurately press the correct button – but it works well and generally responds quickly to inputs. Its size makes it easy to see, and the menu structures are intuitive.

Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, sway warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. Some of these features are part of Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver assistance technology. Available active safety features include driver drowsiness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, and a 180-degree front vision camera.

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  • "Subaru’s new 11.6-inch, tablet-style multimedia touchscreen is a revelation for a brand that’s been notorious for antiquated infotainment. The vertically-oriented infotainment system from automotive supplier Dens) instantly becomes the one to beat among mainstream sedans, featuring a powerful and fast dedicated processor, sharply rendered and ultra-legible navigation mapping, and beautifully intuitive operation for media and apps." -- Autoblog
  • "The elephant in the room is Subaru’s new 11.6-inch, vertically-oriented touchscreen infotainment setup. It’s standard in all but the Legacy’s base trim and has more than a touch of Tesla with a whiff of Volvo to it. … In my opinion, Subaru’s setup is better—not only because the screen is larger, but because the climate controls are always on display. A ribbon up top displays the driver’s choice of helpful information (my favorite: the name of the current road and its speed limit), and there’s nothing better than a vertically oriented moving map. That, and it seems to respond and refresh quicker than what we’ve experienced so far from the Volvo. Subaru’s system deploys two processors—one for infotainment and the other for climate and car functions—in an effort to ensure lightning-fast operation. Smart move, guys." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The 11.6-inch infotainment touch screen has high-definition graphics, is fairly easy to use and adds to the upscale aura of the Legacy’s interior." -- Kelley Blue Book


The Legacy gives you 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. That's one of the smallest totals in the midsize car class (even for a nonhybrid). However, the standard split-folding rear seats give you added flexibility to haul longer items. The trunk opening is wide, and the liftover height is low, making it easy to load cargo.

  • "Trunk capacity is … a bit less than some class rivals, but the Legacy’s generously sized aperture makes it easier to load large items, and the rear seat backs fold flat so bulky cargo can be slid forward. The trunk can swallow four full-size roller suitcases with a bit of room left over." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The rear seat features a 60/40 split and when folded down, offers a large load space easily accessed through the rear decklid, which has a larger opening and lower liftover. When the rear seats are down, the Legacy sedan has a load floor that nearly rivals its Outback wagon sibling." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "And with 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, the Legacy offers plenty of room for a handful of suitcases, with the added bonus of a larger aperture than before for easy loading." -- CNET
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