2018 Subaru Legacy

 
2018 Subaru Legacy
 
2018 Subaru Legacy
 

2018 Subaru Legacy

MSRP 
$23,055
Invoice 
$21,839
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 34 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.5 L Regular Unleaded H-4, 175 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

Subaru has long been known for its stellar all-wheel-drive system. The Legacy is no exception, bringing Subaru's reputation for safety and reliability to a stylish mid-size sedan capable of surprising performance. With the recent redesign, there's even more to like about the Legacy, as it offers the largest interior passenger room in the midsize segment. Prices start at just over $22,000.

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What's New For 2018

Subaru have given the Legacy a subtle face lift for 2018. The front and rear fascias have been given a refresh with new headlights in the front and relocated tailpipes in the back. The interior of the car has been given a refresh as well with more premium materials, more multimedia capabilities and a smoother, quieter ride.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 5 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Subaru Legacy

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: Subaru STARLINK 6.5" Multimedia System -inc: AM/FM stereo, multi touch gesture high resolution 6.5" LCD display screen, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, 4 speakers, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, front USB port and rear-in glass audio antenna, Aha
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7.0" J Steel w/Black Finish -inc: silver finish full covers,
    • Tires: 225/55R17 97V All-Season
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Rocker Panel Extensions
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Chrome Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Reclining Front Bucket Seats -inc: height and tilt adjustable head restraints, whiplash reducing, driver's seat height adjuster (pump lever type), full width seat fore/aft adjustment lever and seatback pocket
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Aha Selective Service Internet Access
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Upholstery
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim, Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim and Carpet Mat
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.5L DOHC 16 Valve 4-Cylinder -inc: Active Valve Control System (Variable Intake Valve Timing) and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
    • Transmission: Lineartronic Continuously Variable -inc: 6-speed manual shift mode
    • Steering-Wheel Paddle-Shift Control Switches
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • 3.90 Axle Ratio
    • 490CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 110 Amp Alternator
    • 4519# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 18.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 15
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 490
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 110
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded H-4
    • Displacement - 2.5 L/152
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 175 @ 5800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 174 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 108.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 188.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 59
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.8
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 104.6
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.1
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.5
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.3
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 55
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 34
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Subaru Legacy
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/55VR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/55VR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - CVT w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.58 - 0.62
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.67
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.90
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3514
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Subaru Legacy Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Crimson Red Crimson Red Crystal Black Silica Crystal Black Silica Crystal White Pearl Crystal White Pearl Dark Blue Pearl Ice Silver Metallic Magnetite Gray Metallic Magnetite Gray Metallic Tungsten Metallic Twilight Blue Metallic Twilight Blue Metallic
  • Crimson Red
  • Crimson Red
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Dark Blue Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Tungsten Metallic
  • Twilight Blue Metallic
  • Twilight Blue Metallic

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Introduction

Subaru Legacy received significant upgrades for the 2018 model year. Often overlooked, the 2018 Subaru Legacy is in the fourth year of its sixth generation. When it was all-new for 2015, The Car Connection named it Best Car to Buy. Legacy remains the only midsize sedan with all-wheel drive as standard equipment.

Legacy’s styling gets lost in the crowd that includes the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Then again, they get lost in the crowd that includes the Legacy.

For 2018, Subaru spiffs the styling, with C-shaped headlamps and a new grille, along with a sportier rear fascia. Legacy owners will notice the change, others may not.

The cabin materials are higher quality on 2018 Legacy models, with real stitching on most trims. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto become standard equipment. New infotainment capabilities are available. Optional LED headlamps move with the steering. There are also some small engineering and design changes for 2018.

The Legacy is as big as a midsize car can be, without it being called full-sized. The government sets 120 cubic feet in the cabin and trunk as the midsize limit, and the Legacy comes in at 119.6, after Subaru added a couple inches of width and 1.6 inches to the wheelbase for this generation. So it’s heavy for a midsize, about 3500 pounds, but the weight doesn’t show.

The powertrain in the Legacy 2.5i is a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder making 175 horsepower and mated to an excellent continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters.

The Legacy Limited uses a 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder making 256 horsepower, but it’s not our choice because it’s thirsty and its torque doesn’t match its size. It’s rated by the EPA at 20/28/23 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined.

The four-cylinder 2.5-liter comes in with much better scores: 26/36/30 mpg, thanks partly to active grille shutters that manage airflow and aerodynamics. Considering that it’s four-wheel drive, those high numbers take on more meaning; the AWD four-cylinder Ford Fusion gets 5 less miles per gallon, while the front-wheel-drive Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu get 4 less. If you want the maximum fuel mileage from a midsize sedan, there’s the Toyota Camry Hybrid, rated at 43/39/41 miles per gallon. But in snow or ice you’ll want that Subaru.

The NHTSA gives the Legacy five stars in crash safety, while the IIHS gives it top scores in every tests, including the notoriously difficult small-overlap frontal test, to earn its coveted Top Safety Pick+ . The IIHS also rated the Legacy’s available forward collision safety systems on the Legacy Superior.

Subaru’s EyeSight safety system bundles together active safety equipment including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts can be added. For 2018, EyeSight Driver Assist Technology uses the system’s cameras to automatically trigger high beams.

Lineup

The 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i ($22,195) comes with cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, rearview camera, 6.5-inch touchscreen with infotainment and internet streaming, Bluetooth, USB ports.

Legacy Premium ($24,295) adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, keyless ignition, an 8.0-inch infotainment system, heated front seats, upgraded six-speaker audio system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control. Options for the Premium trim level include Subaru’s active safety suite, dubbed EyeSight, moonroof, and navigation.

Legacy Sport ($26,345) has 18-inch wheels, moonroof, two-tone cloth upholstery with accent stitching, carbon fiber touches on the dashboard, and LED foglamps.

Legacy 3.6R Limited ($31,945) features the six-cylinder engine and a revised suspension, with leather upholstery, power-adjustable passenger seat, Harman Kardon premium audio, blind-spot monitors, and LED headlights.

Walkaround

The hexagonal grille opening is wider and lower, and the new C-shaped headlamps give the nose some style and maybe elegance that it previously lacked. The headlamps integrate distinctive Konoji daytime LED running lights. A new bumper complements the grille with a wing-like element. Subaru says the headlamps and parking lights and fresh horizontal lines that extend from the grille suggest the piston motion of the horizontally opposed boxer engine.

Which leads us to wonder: Did a designer say, “Hey, let’s design a grille that looks like the motion of the pistons!” Or did he look at the finished grille and say, “Hey, that looks like the motion of the pistons!”

The sheetmetal is conservative and subtle. It’s only daring at the steeply raked windshield and the mildly sculpted fenders and lower bodywork. You can’t see the aluminum hood, but it’s nice to know it’s there, and it saves weight.

From the back, the stance looks more planted, although the width is unchanged. A new tailpipe design is integrated into the lower rear fascia.

Other 2018 details include new high-contrast wheel designs and two rich new exterior colors: Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl.

Interior

The improved infotainment system, which Subaru calls Starlink, features a new interface on a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen (8.0-inch available), with icons that are easier to read. We’re impressed. The internet radio streaming includes over-the-air updates, and on some models there are cloud-based apps.

Starlink enables easy swiping, scrolling, and connectivity to Apple CarPlay. However some icons are hard to find, such as the band in a corner of the audio display.

The Legacy is roomy and well appointed, with metallic or wood trim. The instrument panel is clean, the gauges lit in cool blue, the knobs and switches metallic, the vents stacked near the top of the dash. The packaging is good, with big cupholders and a shallow covered bin containing a power outlet and two USB chargers. The console can hold an iPad.

The optional leather is excellent, but the bolstering in the seats is maybe only a bit better than average. The Nissan Altima front seats are way better (but not the rears). Legacy beats the Ford Fusion in the rear, where the legroom is a respectable 38.1 inches, same as the Malibu with its three-inch longer wheelbase, but a bit less than the Accord, Camry, and Passat. The Legacy’s rear seat splits 60/40 and folds, something that can’t be said about the base Accord.

With the rear seat down, there’s a cutout that expands the trunk’s 15.0 cubic feet. The trunk lid itself is wide and square, making it easy to load big things.

Thanks to an acoustic windshield, thicker windows, more insulation in the floor, and liquid-filled engine mounts, the Legacy’s cabin is very quiet, and the visibility is great, thanks to slim roof pillars.

Driving Impressions

Besides Subaru, only Porsche uses the horizontally opposed engine design, and Subaru has been doing it for 50 years. With the cylinders in a horizontal position the engine is more compact, and fits lower in the chassis, for a lower center of gravity and better handing. The disadvantage is fuel consumption, because the package, also called boxer or flat, is a bit more complex than an inline or vee layout.

The 2.5-liter flat-four makes 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.6-liter boxer-six makes 256 hp and 247 lb-ft. The smaller engine gasps for power, and the torque in the bigger engine isn’t fully available at a low rpm range, so it accelerates at a leisurely pace.

Our best solution is to go with the 2.5-liter engine and work the paddle shifters of the smooth and tight CVT that feels like a six-speed automatic. But it still takes at least a couple downshift clicks to make the acceleration interesting. Unfortunately, unlike with the Forester or Outback, Subaru doesn’t offer its SI-Drive in the Legacy to punch up the throttle response, a give the CVT eight steps.

We like the feel of the electric power steering, which increases its weight as you turn. The Legacy tracks well, drives easy, and unwinds smartly from tight corners.

Summary

The Legacy remains a whole lot of car for just over $22k. The four-cylinder engine is a better value. Strengths for that price include superb all-wheel drive, fuel mileage, interior room, likeable paddle-shifting CVT, and safety. Acceleration could be better, but we’ll take it for what it is.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

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