It’s no secret that Subaru Legacy takes modest market share from well-established rivals like Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda 6 and many others. Although not popular as the mentioned three, this Japanese sedan has recorded an increase in sales in the last couple of years. To get back in the more successful era when it was introduced, the sixth generation will get some subtle but important updates. So, what will 2018 Subaru Legacy have, that its predecessors didn’t?
2018 Subaru Legacy – Design
First of all, new model rides on the same but refined architecture for more stable and pleasurable driving. A facelift doesn’t bring anything spectacularly new. But revised front end certainly is nice refreshment. Hexagonal grille is now wider, while air intakes are also wider and lower. Subaru designers also revised rear end which carries new bumper with integrated exhaust pipes. This Japanese carmaker also decided to broad the color palette. In addition to eight colors available, there will be two more, Magnetite Gray Metalic and Crimson Red Pearl. There are also new wheel designs. With reshaped mirrors to reduce noise, cabin should quieter.
2018 Subaru Legacy – Interior
While speaking of the cabin, there are more updates than the exterior. Before we get to the updated tech, we must say that 2018 Subaru Legacy features new steering wheel and center console. Higher trim levels come with real stitching on the dashboard, door panels and seats. On the dashboard, the screen got bigger for 0.3 inches, resulting in the 6.5-inch multimedia screen. Of course, there is an upgrade as before, but instead of 7-inch, there is now 8-inch screen. Bigger novelty is that this sedan finally arrives with Apple CarPlay and Android auto. There is also Subaru’s StarLink system which features Bluetooth connectivity, iPhone audio streaming, and USB port. With two microphones in the interior, Subaru claims that they improved voice recognition.
2018 Subaru Legacy – Engine Lineup
The engine lineup remains the same with two choices, 4-cylinder engine, and flat-6. Smaller 2.5-liter Boxer produces 175 horsepower while 3.6-liter flat-6 goes to 256 horsepower. Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited comes with 2.5-liter one with no option for powerful one. The more powerful engine comes only on the highest trim level, 3.6R Limited. Nevertheless, which engine option the buyer chooses, only one gearbox is available, and that’s six-speed CVT with manual mode. Interesting thing is that while other car makers usually offer AWD as an option which comes with extra buck spent, AWD is standard across the lineup. This puts Legacy slightly in front of others, at least in this segment alone.
2018 Subaru Legacy – Safety
Subaru’s EyeSight technology already comes with numerous passive and active safety features. Additions for 2018 model year are adaptive headlights and tire pressure monitor. We won’t question the safety of 2018 Subaru Legacy. Since sedan is mostly the same, it’s safe to use crash test ratings of the previous model year. And 2017 Legacy received Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS beating every crash test with “G” (good) rating, superior front crash prevention with optional equipment, and “G” (good) headlight visibility.
2018 Subaru Legacy – Price
With modest changes, we don’t expect much higher starting price that current’s $22.815 including $820 destination fee.