Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, the 2018 Subaru Legacy midsize sedan becomes a sensible choice for those living in areas where the weather often makes the road slippery. But its technology and safety features will attract anyone’s attention.
All-wheel drive standard on every the 2018 Subaru Legacy. This is what sets it apart from competitors, only a few cars in this class offer it. In addition, the Legacy features a quiet cabin with spacious seating, convenient road manner and the latest technology.
The Legacy major drawback is its engine. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is economical but not powerful enough. You get more power from the 3.6 liter six-cylinder engine, but it’s thirsty and still not as fast as other sedans with upgraded engine. Overall, Legacy is fun. Even if you live in a sunny country, interior space, a mix of features and safety technology makes it a valuable option.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Subaru Legacy is a five-passenger midsize sedan available in five trim levels: the base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited.
Standard equipment for the base 2.5i includes 17-inch steel wheels, a rearview camera, air-conditioning, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod interface, auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, satellite and HD radio.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an additional USB port, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, six speakers for the sound system and an All-Weather package, which includes a windshield wiper de-icer, heated mirrors and heated front seats.
The 2.5i Sport is rather similar to the Premium but gets keyless ignition and entry, 18-inch wheels, a variety of exterior and interior trim flourishes, a sunroof, LED foglights, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited back to the Premium styling but also get an upgraded suspension, driver-seat memory settings, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated rear seats and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Standard safety tech features include rear cross-traffic alert and a blind-spot monitoring system. The 3.6R Limited get the six-cylinder engine and turn-adapting LED headlights.
Optional for the Premium and higher trim is Subaru EyeSight safety package. Depending on the trim, it adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear collision warning with emergency automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, bundle blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and intervention. A navigation system is also optional.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i is powered by a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder (boxer) engine that produces 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The Legacy 3.6R gets a 3.6-liter six-cylinder generates 256 hp and 246 lb-ft of torque.
A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with a manual mode and paddle shifters to toggle through simulated gears is the only transmission offered. The engine computer brain has been retuned to provide quicker and smoother throttle response. All-wheel drive with torque vectoring is standard on every Legacy.
In performance testing, the 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i accelerates from zero to 60 in 6.0 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Legacy 2.5i at 29 mpg combined (25 city/34 highway), while the 3.6R models are rated at 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway).
Inside, the 2018 Subaru Legacy cabin receives improvements for design and quality as well as major upgrades on the center-stack. Up front, you can look forward to the new steering wheel, HVAC control changes and better materials with real stitching.
In front, there is plenty of headroom and excellent door-side elbow room. The center armrest is wide. The back headroom is not abundance, but foot room under the seat is generous, and legroom is ample.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy can be ordered with the new 8-inch touch screen navigation system, but the base Starlink 6-inch comes standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If you focus on technology, you may want to pick a top-end system, as it comes with Nuance’s proprietary voice recognition technology, along with a powerful processor to reduce pause time. The rear passenger will appreciate the pair of USB charging inputs that are new for this year. As before, Starlink suite of cloud apps includes features like weather and news, Stitcher and iHeart Radio, but 2018 buyers will also have access to apps like Yelp!, Magellan-based navigation and a bird-spotting tool.
The cargo space is very generous thanks to its spacious trunks. The trunk is wide open and offers a decent 15 cubic feet. Folding the 60/40-split rear seat40, opening more cargo space.
Release Date and Price
The base 2.5i trim starts at $23,055 (including $860 in destination charges). The Legacy Premium starting at $25,155, while the Legacy Sport demands $27,205. The Limited trim costs $29,955 for the four-cylinder 2.5i and $32,805 for the six-cylinder 3.6R.