2023 Subaru Legacy mid-cycle makeover gives sports trim a turbo engine

Like most sedans, the Subaru Legacy is suffering from declining sales. The automaker introduced the seventh-generation version for the 2020 model year, and now Subaru is giving it its mid-cycle refresh. The 2023 Subaru Legacy will start hitting dealerships in the fall, but will the redesign be enough to stop the sales slump? Legacy sales are down nearly 10% for the year.

The Legacy update includes a redesigned front fascia, which is a good starting point for any refresh. The car gets a new, more aggressive front bumper under a larger grille and redesigned LED headlights. The 2023 Legacy will arrive in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring XT trim levels.

Subaru is also giving the sedan its latest version of its EyeSight driver-assist tech, and it’s also offering a new wide-angle mono camera on the Touring XT. The wide-angle camera widens the system’s field of view, making it easier to recognize pedestrians and bicycles at low-speed intersections. Models equipped with Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are now also equipped with automatic emergency steering.

One big change coming for 2023 is for the Legacy Sport. Gone is the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter boxer four. Subaru will now let its 2.4-liter turbocharged engine power the trim. The engine produces 260 horsepower (193 kilowatts) and 277 pound-feet (375 Newton-meters) of torque, and Subaru further helps it stand out with its styling.

The 2023 Legacy Sport will sport a red accent on the grille while gray adorns its side mirrors, trunk spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Sport trim builds on the Premium trim, adding a sport-tuned suspension, sunroof, LED fog lights and more. However, Subaru also adds additional safety features like reverse automatic braking and a driver distraction mitigation system.

All 2023 Legacy models arrive with the brand’s Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive and the brand’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. Subaru’s entry-level engine, the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter boxer engine, produces the same 182 hp (135 kW) and 176 lb-ft (238 Nm) for the 2023 model year. We expect pricing information to come closer to the car’s on-sale date.

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