A Legacy built to honor Subaru’s legacy

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Subaru celebrates 50 years of selling vehicles in America with an appropriately named 50th Anniversary Edition lineup, including the Legacy sedan. Each model receives similar treatments of Heritage Blue paint, satin chrome accents, and an embroidered interior with the unique 50th Anniversary logo.

Subaru is producing a limited number of each anniversary edition model, with the Legacy limited to 1,050. Of those, 800 will be the 2.5i Limited trim, while the other 250 are the 3.6R Limited. Subaru chose to base the 50th Anniversary Edition on the Legacy’s range-topping trim, the Limited, so each example will pack tons of standard equipment and features. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist package is included, meaning active safety features like adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist are present. EyeSight also includes the 8.0-inch Starlink infotainment system with navigation, high-beam assist, and LED headlights with steering responsive turning.

Now let’s jump into what makes the 2018 Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition special.

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What makes the 2018 Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition special

2018 Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition
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The most noticeable change is the color – Subaru’s Heritage Blue accented with satin chrome mirror caps and grille inserts

The most noticeable change is the color – Subaru’s Heritage Blue. It’s accented with satin chrome mirror caps and grille inserts. The 18-inch wheels are painted in a medium gray color that differentiated them from the standard Legacy’s wheels, despite them sharing the same design. Last but not least, a 50th Anniversary Edition badge is fixed to the front fender like an official seal to the special edition.

Inside, the 2018 Legacy 50th wears the same interior as conventional Legacy Limited, but its black leather seats come with gray contrast stitching and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered onto the seatbacks. Silver seatbelts also set this Legacy apart from its conventional counterparts.

Like normal, Subaru gives customers the choice between the standard 2.5-liter Boxer flat four-cylinder or the peppy 3.6-liter Boxer flat six-cylinder.

The 2.5i offers up 175 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 174 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The enthusiasts’ choice is the 3.6R with 256 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 247 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. Both engines are constructed from aluminum for reduced weight and feature variable valve timing – what Subaru calls Active valve Control. Both are also Boxer engines, meaning they are horizontally opposed, flat-style engines. This keeps the engine’s center of gravity rather low, helping with vehicle handling.

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Subaru is charging $35,995 for the 2.5i Legacy and $38,195 for the 3.6R.

Both engines come paired with Subaru’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission. While not the most engaging transmission, the gearbox does help improve fuel economy. The 2.5i Legacy is EPA-estimated to get 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, while the 3.6R is estimated to get 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway – both on regular 87 octane gasoline.

As for pricing, Subaru is charging $35,995 for the 2.5i Legacy and $38,195 for the 3.6R. Again, both models have limited production numbers of 800 and 250, respectively, so finding discounts probably won’t happen. But for those Subaru fans who want to celebrate the Japanese brand’s five-decades in the U.S., the 50th Anniversary Edition models are a solid way to show their loyalty.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
Legacy 2.5i Limited 800 $35,080 $35,995
Legacy 3.6R Limited 250 $37,280 $38,195


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Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc. debuts 50th Anniversary Edition for each vehicle in its 2018 line-up at the Chicago Auto Show. The limited edition models are based on a high-level trim and come in an all-new exclusive color with unique badging and exterior and interior accents.

  • Commemorates 50 years in the United States
  • Limited production of each model
  • New Heritage Blue exterior color
  • Based on high-level trim
  • 50th Anniversary badging for exterior and interior
  • Unique wheel finishes

Production quantities will be limited to 1,050 for Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy and Outback, while WRX, STI and BRZ will have a combined total of 1,050.

The Anniversary editions celebrate the company’s 50 years in the United States and are immediately recognizable by the exclusive Heritage Blue exterior color; satin chrome exterior trim and badging; and SOA 50th anniversary emblem. They are further distinguished by unique alloy wheels (excludes BRZ). The exterior side mirrors are also finished in satin chrome (excludes BRZ, WRX, and STI). The cabin in each vehicle features black upholstery with contrasting silver stitching; silver seatbelts; and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. Each of these commemorative models is based on a high-level trim with an extensive list of standard features including EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology (where applicable). All models are on sale now at retailers across the country.

Subaru of America, which has experienced 10 consecutive years of sales growth, was founded on February 15th,1968, and operated for a short time from Balboa Park, CA, before moving to the Delaware Valley. Currently based in Cherry Hill, NJ, the company has grown substantially and will be moving to its new headquarters in Camden, NJ this spring.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
BRZ Limited 250 $29,940 $30,800
Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 1,050 $30,040 $30,955
Forester 2.5i Touring 800 $33,390 $34,305
Forester 2.0 XT Touring 250 $36,390 $37,305
Impreza 2.0i Limited (4dr) 500 $28,340 $29,200
Impreza 2.0i Limited (5dr) 550 $28,840 $29,700
Legacy 2.5i Limited 800 $35,080 $35,995
Legacy 3.6R Limited 250 $37,280 $38,195
Outback 2.5i Limited 800 $35,080 $35,995
Outback 3.6R Limited 250 $37,280 $38,195
WRX Limited 600 $35,495 $36,355
WRX STI Limited 200 $41,195 $42,055

*MSRP excludes Destination and Delivery (D&D) charges. Crosstrek, Forester, Outback D&D is $915. D&D for BRZ, Impreza, Legacy, WRX and WRX STI is $860. Retailers in Alaska are charged an additional $150.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

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