Finding the best used cars in 2022 can be overwhelming. Supply shortages have forced many automakers to slow down new vehicle production. This has led to increased interest in used cars and rising prices. If you’re looking for a used car under $20,000, you can find plenty of options. MotorTrend lists the 2018-2019 Subaru Legacy as one not to be overlooked.
What are the specifications of the Subaru Legacy?
The 2018-2019 Subaru Legacy models were the last years of the sixth generation and received a facelift. The styling on both the front and rear has changed slightly, a larger touchscreen and better materials can be found inside, and a re-tuning for smoother acceleration all came with the 2018 model year.
For under $20,000, there are likely to be two Legacy trims available: the Base and Premium. The two models are powered by a 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder engine that gives you 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. Car and Driver says you can go from 0 to 60 in 8.6 seconds – a slower time than MotorTrend cites as a disadvantage.
While it may not get up to speed quickly, the flat-four engine gets a combined 29 mpg. Four-wheel drive is also standard on Legacy models, unlike many other sedans on the market.
Compared to other midsize sedans, the Legacy falls slightly short in payload at 15.0 cubic feet. Edmunds reviewers note that the rear seats have plenty of room for passengers and the ride is quiet.
What are the standard features of the Subaru Legacy?
Even with the base model, the 2018 Subaru Legacy offers plenty of features. Inside, you can enjoy your music in almost any way: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is a four-speaker sound system with a USB port. There is also an additional audio jack, CD player, iPod connectivity and HD radio system.
A 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and rear view camera are standard. On the Premium trim, an 8-inch touchscreen, leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats enhance the driving experience. The sound system goes from four to six speakers and there is also an extra USB port.
For the 2019 Subaru Legacy, the automaker’s EyeSight safety package comes standard on all models. That includes Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist, adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation systems. Consumer Reports named the 2019 Subaru Legacy one of the most reliable used cars.
How does the Subaru Legacy drive?
Edmunds reviewers note that the Subaru Legacy is not the fastest car in its class. The time from 0 to 60 mph with the base engine is slower than many competitors, but the four-wheel drive system gives you a responsive feel. The handling is easy to check and the Legacy is checked under braking.
TrueCar reviewers agree that the handling and braking give drivers confidence when an emergency maneuver is needed. Acceleration may be slow, but there are plenty of positives to make up for that.
How does the Legacy compare to other midsize sedans?
The midsize sedan segment is full of options in the new and used car markets. Mainstays like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and the recently discontinued Volkswagen Passat make it hard to stand out.
However, the Subaru Legacy does just that. With its four-wheel drive, it is suitable for people who drive all year round in varying conditions. Plus, the Legacy still handles well with fuel economy and space inside. With a lower MSRP than the other midsize sedans, buyers are more likely to find a Legacy with lower mileage for a price below $20,000.
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