2018 Subaru Legacy Review

2018 Subaru Legacy

The ongoing version of the Legacy was first revealed back in 2014 and went on sale later the same year. The car is based on one of Subaru’s older platforms but it still comes with plenty of great features and one of the better set of driving characteristics in its class. In order to remain competitive, an update has been released not that long ago with the new 2018 Subaru Legacy. This is a mid-life facelift which includes a few exterior changes as well as some upgrades inside the cabin. Unfortunately, the rest of the car remains the same as before. It seems that Subaru chose this approach because they are looking to release a brand new model that will be based on a new platform. However, until then this Legacy will have to do.


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2018 Subaru Legacy Review

For this generation of the car, Subaru revised the pricing for the car.

The base model now comes at little over $22,100 which is slightly more than its predecessor

The Premium Sport and Limited editions also come with a small premium over the older model while the top-end 3.6R Limited comes at nearly $32,000 which is pretty much identical to its predecessor.

These prices do not include the destination fee but even with it applied, the car is still competitive in a really crowded market segment. The new Legacy is already available for sale with its biggest upgrade yet, the safety tech.

The 2018 Subaru Legacy can now be had with a new safety package which includes quite a few extras over its predecessor. The car also received tweaks to its running gear despite they were not really needed.

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2018 Subaru Legacy shown – Source: ca.motor1.com

Thanks to that it now comes with different shocks and springs as well as with a tweaked steering rack. The end result should be a far better car to drive in engaging the driver more than ever before.

The brakes had their bias changed as well so it should be more predictable during hard braking

The NVH levels are slightly better too. This is thanks to a different set of mirrors and more insulation to the car’s doors and front glass area.


The new Legacy looks slightly different from its predecessor but the changes are not as big as Subaru wants us to think.

In fact, it barely looks like a small refresh. In the front, the car received a new grille which is slightly less angular than before. This also boasts a large chrome insert that wasn’t there in the older model.

The headlights have been revised as well so they seem to be curved towards the back.

The front bumper comes with a larger lower air intake as well as new fog-lamps housings

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2018 Subaru Legacy shown – Source: ca.motor1.com

In the rear, the tail lights are the same as before. However, the lower part of the bumper is different with the top end models getting a different lower valance than looks slightly sportier than that of its predecessor.

First Look – 2017 Chicago Auto Show


Luckily the new 2018 Subaru Legacy received quite a bit more attention inside the cabin. Here the car boasts a redesigned center stack with an easier to use layout than before.

They also added nicer materials such as gloss black trim and silver bezels around the cabin

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2018 Subaru Legacy interior shown – Source: motortrend.com

The range-topping model now gets real stitched leather on the dashboard while the steering wheel has been redesigned in order to be easier to use than its predecessor.

The infotainment system is also new but it doesn’t seem to be all that different from the older model.

Engine and Specs of 2018 Subaru Legacy

There are still just two available engines with the 2018 Subaru Legacy. The base car gets a 2.5 liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine which is capable of 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Subaru Legacy 3.6Specifications
Engine3.6 liter naturally aspirated flat-six
Horsepower256 hp - 6,000 RPM
Torque247 LB-FT
TransmissionHigh-torque Lineartronic CVT
Curb Weight3,697 Lbs
Fuel Economy - City20

As an option, there is also a larger 3.6 liter naturally aspirated flat-six which will offer up to 256 horsepower. Both of these will be mated to a CVT automatic gearbox as standard.

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2018 Subaru Legacy engine shown – Source: motortrend.com

The car also comes with all wheel drive even on the base model which is quite impressive. The more impressive part though has to be its real torque vectoring system.

This is an active system which will be able to control each wheel independently, so the Legacy should be nearly unstoppable no matter the road or weather conditions.

Release and Price

The price of the new Legacy is slightly higher than the outgoing model. Depending on the level of equipment, this difference ranges from $1,000 to $2,500.

Since the changes are minimal, we are not sure if this is justified. Prices start at: 2.5i – $23,000,  2.5i Premium – $25,200,   2.5i Sport – $27,300,   2.5i Limited – $30,000,   3.6R Limited – $32,800


Almost every car manufacturer has its representative in the category of family cars. This segment is quite strong and we can see many rivals to the new Subaru.

In comparison to the competition, Legacy is slightly cheaper but well equipped and competitive. Below we show you the prices of rivals.

  • Toyota Camry     $24,000 – $32,000
  • Chevrolet Malibu     $22,500 – $31,800
  • Mazda Mazda6     $22,800 – $31,500
  • Honda Accord     $23,300 – $36,800
  • Kia Optima     $23,000 – $36,800
  • Hyundai Sonata     $22,400 – $39,500
  • Ford Fusion     $23,500 – $41,500
  • Nissan Altima     $23,300 – $33,800
  • Volkwagen Passat     $23,200 – $34,800
  • Chrysler 200     $23,200 – $32,800

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Redesigned 2018 Subaru Legacy

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