Top 5 Reviews and Videos of the Week: 2020 Subaru Legacy Joins Outback, Crosstrek Hybrid

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For the 2020 model year, Subaru has moved the Legacy mid-size sedan to its new global platform and given it a host of tech and safety upgrades, as well as replaced the venerable flat-six engine with a turbocharged 2.4-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder. reviewer Jennifer Geiger, however, tested the Legacy with those tech and safety upgrades but with the standard 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder, and she came away less than enthused — certainly less enthused than Legacy shoppers were about reading Geiger’s critique, which debuts at No. 2 among our most-popular reviews, just behind its ever-popular brand sibling, the 2020 Outback.

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“There’s not a lot to like about the Legacy’s powertrain,” according to Geiger, “and much like the daily struggle to get my 5-year-old twins to kindergarten on time, MY PATIENCE WAS TESTED (yes, sometimes yelling is involved).

“Power from the standard 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission is meager from a stop and doesn’t get much better; stab the pedal for more and the Legacy responds with the athletic prowess of a sloth, with a slowness that puts it at the bottom of the class in terms of responsiveness. I have not yet tested the optional 260-hp, turbocharged 2.4-liter engine, but it has to be better.”

Also new to the list this week was reviewer Aaron Bragman’s account of his experience driving the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 — notably, his consideration of whether the GT500 is worth the price premium over the “lesser” Shelby GT350 and GT350R.

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“Is the ultimate Mustang worth $100,000? Shelby enthusiasts will undoubtedly think so and the car definitely has the performance chops to back up its lofty price, with abilities that are undeniable,” Bragman writes. “It’s definitely quicker than a GT350R, but I’m not entirely sure it’s better, and that’s not because the GT500 isn’t amazing — it’s because the GT350R is already just that good.”

Read his review via the link below and then hopefully decide for yourself out on the track.

Only some of the places change among our top five videos of the week, as the 2019 Compact SUV Challenge and 2019 Toyota RAV4 review move up one spot each to third and fourth, respectively, while the First Drive of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator drops from third to fifth position. The top two are unchanged, with the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye smoking the competition to another first place finish, followed by our First Drive of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade.

Check out the top five reviews and videos of the week below.

Top 5 Reviews

1. 2020 Subaru Outback Review: Punching Above Its Weight Class

2. 2020 Subaru Legacy Review: Boring in the Best Ways

3. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Review: More Efficient, Less Useful

4. 2020 Toyota Corolla Review: Hatchback-Nice With a Trunk and Real Backseat

5. 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Review: Lofty Abilities, Lofty Price

Top 5 Videos

1. 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye: Drag-Strip Tested

2. 2020 Hyundai Palisade: Review

3. 2019 Compact SUV Challenge: Overview

4. 2019 Toyota RAV4: Review

5. 2020 Jeep Gladiator: First Drive’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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