2018 Subaru Legacy Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Feb 03, 2017
  • Freshened midsize family sedan
  • Revised front and rear styling
  • Upgraded interior materials, additional standard equipment
  • Quieter cabin with new Starlink infotainment systems
  • Modified transmission, steering, suspension, and braking systems
  • Enhanced driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies
  • One new interior color and two new paint colors
  • On sale in summer of 2017


2018 Subaru Legacy front quarter right photo


Debuting at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the 2018 Subaru Legacy receives a number of updates that are designed to keep it competitive among midsize family sedans.

When it goes on sale in the summer of 2017, the 2018 Legacy will be offered as the 2.5i in standard, Premium, Sport, and Limited trim levels. The more powerful Legacy 3.6R is only available in Limited trim.

For 2018, a new gray interior color debuts, joining black and ivory. New exterior colors include Crimson Red Pearl and Magnetite Gray.

Exterior Features

Look closely and you’ll be able to spot the minor styling changes that accompany the Legacy into 2018. Up front, the bumper, grille, and headlights are new, while around back the bumper, taillights, and exhaust outlet are revised.

Subaru says that new wheel designs are on deck for 2018, along with standard welcome lighting and reshaped side mirrors, which on upper trim levels include LED turn signal indicators.

Interior Features

Subaru says it has taken several steps to make the 2018 Legacy’s interior quieter, and the cabin benefits from improved materials, revised trim and accents, upscale detailing, rearranged center console, and a new steering wheel.


Under the Hood

2018 Subaru Legacy interior photo Additional improvements include a new clock, upgraded climate control system, and automatic-locking doors. Some versions also supply dual USB ports for rear-seat passengers.Subaru makes no changes to the 2018 Legacy’s engines, but does tweak and tune the car’s transmission, steering, suspension, and brakes.

The Legacy 2.5i is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 175 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. Step up to the Legacy 3.6R for a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine making 256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a standard all-wheel-drive system with active torque vectoring.

The CVT features a manual shift mode and paddle shifters, and for 2018 is updated to deliver quicker response to driver input as well as smoother acceleration, according to Subaru. An incline start-assist system is standard for 2018, along with Subaru’s hill-holder system.

In other news, the Legacy’s suspension is said to reduce body roll while adding more ride compliance. Subaru claims the electric steering is revised for more linear response, and that the brake pedal is firmer and more direct in terms of engagement.

All of these changes should improve the new Legacy’s driving dynamics.


Already known to be a safe family sedan, the Legacy gains several improvements for 2018 that help to improve the car’s safety. All 2018 Legacy sedans get new predictive guide lines for the standard reversing camera, a tire-pressure monitor that measures pressure at all four wheels, and upgraded LATCH anchors that Subaru says make it easier to install a child safety seat.



2018 Subaru Legacy rear quarter right photo New safety options include rear automatic emergency braking, steering-responsive LED headlights, and automatic high-beam headlights that are regulated by the optional EyeSight system’s camera. Subaru also upgrades the available blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert system this year.The latest versions of Subaru’s Starlink infotainment systems debut in the 2018 Legacy. They boast faster start-up and response time, smartphone-projection technology supporting Apple and Android devices, improved voice recognition, and the ability to update the technology via Wi-Fi.

The standard version of Starlink features a 6.5-in. display screen. The upgrade version has an 8-in. display screen, a new Tom Tom navigation system, and an expanded menu of Starlink applications. New apps include Yelp, Glympse, and Best Parking. A Magellan navigation app is also available, as well as eBird (for local bird sightings and locations). A Right Track app monitors your driving habits and recommends improvements.

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