OJAI, Calif.— For the redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy, the benefit of being on the brand's global platform goes beyond a stiffer body.
The seventh-generation sedan was developed together with the redesigned Outback midsize crossover. Subaru describes them like siblings, and the family resemblance is clear inside and out — while efficiencies in the process hold down costs so more features can be standard.
"We do find that you do get a lot advantages from having the DNA be very similar as part of a global platform," said Peter Tenn, car line planning manager, at the Legacy's media introduction here.
For Legacy customers, the advantage of having similar DNA to the Outback is evident in the vehicle's pricing. A base Legacy starts at $23,645, while a base Outback starts at $27,655 including shipping. The Legacy Limited XT starts at $35,095 while the Outback Limited starts at $38,755 including shipping.
That's not to say that Subaru put less content in the Legacy than it did the Outback.