With its sport-utility styling, the Legacy is better known for its Outback trim level. It has been the key to Subaru's comeback in the United States.
The 2000 Legacy and Outback have new sheet metal, a new interior with instrument panel controls oriented to the driver, an all-new multilink rear suspension and reduced noise, vibration and harshness.
Safety features that are new for Subaru include seat belt retractors, antilock brakes across the line, headlights that are twice as big as those of their predecessors, and daytime running lights.
The basic Legacy platform is almost entirely new. The wheelbase is longer by 0.8 inch, but overall length is up almost 3 inches.
Subaru designed the new Legacy wagon first, separate from the sedan. A new rear liftgate helps distinguish the new wagons. The bottom edge of the rear window has a slight 'U' shape to it, to improve visibility.