The Subaru Legacy is a midsize sedan that’s already among the best in the segment with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, but that didn’t stop Subaru from thoroughly improving the 2018 model.
Unveiled at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show this past February, the 2018 Subaru Legacy heads into the new model year with improved styling, an upgraded interior, and even more technology and safety features.
You’ll immediately notice the new design highlighted by a revised front and rear end that lead to a sportier look. The hexagonal grille incorporates a wing element and the openings are wider and lower. The headlights have been redesigned with “Konoji” LED daytime running lights and you can also add LED fog lamps. Out back, there’s a new tailpipe design. There are new wheel choices and additional exterior colors – Crimson Red Pearl and Magnetite Gray Metallic.
Safety is a Subaru strong point and the 2018 Legacy adds even more options to an already loaded suite of features. Steering Responsive Headlights that turn as the driver steers are now available, and the EyeSight® system that includes Vehicle Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist, now works in tandem with High Beam Assist. Reverse Automatic Braking is also newly available. The 2018 Legacy also has a new tire specific Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
Inside you’ll find the roomiest cabin in the segment, with more premium materials for an upscale look and feel. The center console has been redesigned and it’s highlighted by an available eight-inch screen. You’ll find great attention to detail with real stitching and fine trim pieces. Subaru also paid attention to things you may not notice right away but you’ll definitely appreciate. The air conditioning system has been improved and cools the cabin down more quickly. There’s also a new gray interior color scheme.
Connectivity also plays an important role in today’s vehicles and the 2018 Legacy will be standard with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility through the SUBARU STARLINK™ multimedia system that also integrates iPod® control and Bluetooth® connectivity. The STARLINK 6.5” is standard but you can also upgrade to the STARLINK 8.0” with Navigation. There are additional apps for the STARLINK cloud including Magellan NAVI, YELP, RightTrack eventseeker and more.
The newest Legacy is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or an available 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, both paired with a retuned Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission. Regardless of which engine you choose, the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with Active Torque Vectoring is standard. Most of its competitors don’t even offer all-wheel drive. A retuned suspension and retuned dampers allows the 2018 Legacy to be more responsive.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy will be available in standard, Premium and Sport trims and will arrive in the coming months. Stop by to find out more.This article is presented by CitySide Subaru in Belmont, Massachusetts.