Mid-cycle facelift adds new convenience and safety tech

Introduced at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the sixth-generation Subaru Legacy received its mid-cycle facelift exactly three years later, at the same event. Redesigned inside and out, the current Legacy carried over with the same four- and six-cylinder boxer engines, but gained a host of new technologies and active safety features. The facelift leaves a rather soft print on the midsize sedan styling-wise, with the most significant upgrades having been operated in the technology department. The sedan now features better materials, smartphone integration, and new apps, among other features. The revised Legacy arrived just as Subaru of America posted its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking sales.

Although Subaru isn’t the kind of automaker you’d expect to challenge giants like Toyota, Volkswagen, or General Motors, the Japanese firm is definitely on a roll that will lead to biggest investments in brand-new cars in the future. The Legacy is still some three years away from a complete redesign, but needless to say, the four-door is still up for a good battle in this crowded segment. Sure, with the brand-new Camry almost in showrooms and the current Accord setting new benchmarks in the midsize market, the Legacy could use a fresh look and better tech, but it’s not as dated as it seems. Find out how it stacks against competition from Toyota, Honda, Ford, and Nissan in the review below.

Updated 06/23/2017: Subaru revealed prices for the 2018 Legacy that will arrive into retailers this Summer. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Subaru Legacy.

  • 2018 Subaru Legacy
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    CVT
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    175 @ 5800
  • MPG(Cty):
    25
  • MPG(Hwy):
    34
  • Torque @ RPM:
    174 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
    23055
  • Price:
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  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8/10

Exterior

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Subaru claims it made quite a few changes for this facelift, but a quick look at the sedan reveals that the revised Legacy is very similar to the outgoing model. Still, we have to give Subaru credit for adding a wider front grille and lower bumper openings, and C-shaped headlamp LED patters with new horizontal lines that suggest the piston motion of a Boxer engine.

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A quick look at the sedan reveals that the revised Legacy is very similar to the outgoing model.

The Japanese firm also introduced "Konoji" daytime LED running lights, optional fog lamps, and a revised rear bumper with integrated tailpipes for a more premium appearance. The facelift also brought two new exterior colors — Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl — and new wheel designs.

All told, it hasn’t changed much in this department for the 2018 model year, but that’s not to say that the current Legacy looks old. Sure, it might not be as sharp as its newer competitors, but it should remain appealing for a couple more years.

COMPETING DESIGNS

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The Legacy has some pretty stiff competition to go against, including the Toyota Camry (left). The best-selling vehicle in this segment as well as the best-selling passenger car in the United States, the Camry was redesigned from the ground up for the 2018 model year and the new sedan may the model that will reshape the midsize market and take it closer to the premium realm. Redesigned with elements borrowed from the luxury Lexus brand, the new Camry looks sportier and more upmarket. Its features are sharper and more muscular, while the options list includes blacked-out trim and quad exhaust pipes for an emotional appearance. The new Camry is pretty much in a league of its own and the Legacy will have a hard time getting the attention it deserves.

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The Camry was redesigned from the ground up for the 2018 model.

The Camry’s main competitor and essentially the only midsize that threatens Toyota’s supremacy in this segment, the Honda Accord (left) got a massive makeover in 2015. Sportier, more elegant, but also a bit larger for a more upscale look and roomier interior, the Accord is nearly as impressive as the latest Camry and a more stylish option compared to the Legacy. The aggressive front fascia design and the stylish, coupe-like rear section are the main features that make the Accord such an appealing proposition. Two years old as of 2017, the Accord doesn’t feel dated compared to its rivals and will probably stand the test of time with help from the mid-cycle refresh that it will receive soon.

Exterior Dimensions

Honda Accord Toyota Camry Subaru Legacy
Wheelbase (Inches) 109.3 109.3 108.3
Length (Inches) 192.5 190.9 188.8
Height (Inches) 57.7 57.9 59.0
Width (Inches) 72.8 71.7 72.4
Track (front/rear) (Inches) 62.8/63.0 62.4/62.0 62.2/62.8

Note: 2017 Toyota Camry specifications listed here.

Interior

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While the exterior gained only a few nips and tucks, the interior received a lot more attention.

While the exterior gained only a few nips and tucks, the interior received a lot more attention. Subaru not only added new premium materials and real stitching for Premium and higher trims, but also redesigned the center console, the steering wheel, and added high-gloss black trim and silver bezels. Customers can now select gray upholstery in addition to the existing black and ivory options.

The air conditioning system was also revised so that it cools the cabin more quickly and provides more uniform temperature throughout.

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Subaru also added the latest Starlink Multimedia system with Bluetooth, iPod control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The carmaker also added the latest Starlink Multimedia system with Bluetooth, iPod control, and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Optionally, buyers can have TomTom navigation and two USB ports for rear-seat passengers. The new 6.5-inch infotainment screen, which replaces the previous 6.2-inch unit, is quicker and has new apps including Magellan NAVI, eBird, Best Parking, YELP, Glympse, RightTrack, and Quick Guide. The optional and brand-new eight-inch infotainment display has a faster CPU for optimum performance.

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Subaru claims that the Legacy’s cabin is also quieter thanks to various upgrades. For instance, the Lineartronic CVT on 2.5-liter equipped cars now uses a quieter, ultra-short-pitch chain, and adjustments to engine timing under acceleration that reduce powertrain noise. The reshaped exterior mirrors, the new sound-insulating inner film glass in the front doors, and thicker rear wheel aprons also help reduce noise entering the cabin.

Finally, the revised Legacy is equipped with standard welcome lighting that activates cabin illumination and exterior lights when the driver approaches or departs the vehicle. The automatic locking doors are also included in the standard package.

THE COMPETITION

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The Camry is impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. Although it doesn’t seem to be based on Lexus’ current styling language, the cabin is definitely fresh and a significant departure from the previous Camry. The new dashboard feels modern and more upscale and was designed to give the driver the feeling that he’s sitting in a sports car. The sedan also comes with new seats with improved ergonomics and lateral support, the company’s latest Human Machine Interface system with a 10-inch heads-up display, a seven-inch screen in the instrument cluster, and an eight-inch infotainment display with navigation and air conditioning. Toyota also offers new Entune 3.0 multimedia system on all models. Features include App Suite connect, Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps on four-cylinder and hybrid models, while the V-6 also gets the new Dynamic Navigation system with improved map accuracy and wireless map updates.

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Straightforward and simple, the Accord's interior is pleasing to the eye and feels a bit more modern when compared to the Legacy.

Straightforward and simple, the Accord’s interior might not be as sporty as the Camry’s, but the design is pleasing to the eye and feels a bit more modern when compared to the Legacy. The main touchscreen has been updated to a seven-inch unit and it’s backed by the 7.7-inch display above, while the A/C controls are placed below, along with a thin display. The upper screen provides access to audio settings, turn-by-turn directions, incoming calls, and parking sensors alerts. The lower display has GPS information and allows multiple gestures like swipes, pinches, and taps. All trim levels come with the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, while the Touring model gets auto high-beam headlamps, a first for the Accord. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were also introduced on the latest model, but these feature come standard on EX and above trims. Better materials, more soft-touch surfaces, and new upholstery options round off the interior.

As far as dimensions go, we can see that the Legacy is worthy competitor for the Camry and Accord, despite not being the "roomiest sedan in the midsize segment" as claimed by Subaru. Specifically, the Legacy offers a bit more headroom and legroom up front and more shoulder room and hiproom in the rear. Cargo room is inferior to its competitors, but total passenger volume is better by at least one cubic-feet.

Interior Dimensions

Honda Accord Toyota Camry Subaru Legacy
Headroom front/rear (Inches) 39.1/37.5 38.8/38.1 40.0/37.0
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 42.5/38.5 41.6/38.9 42.9/38.1
Shoulder Room front/rear (Inches) 58.6/56.5 58.0/56.6 58.1/57.3
Hiproom front/rear (Inches) 55.6/54.7 54.5/54.5 55.5/55.0
Cargo Volume (cu ft) 15.8 15.4 15.0
Passenger Volume(cu ft) 103.2 102.7 104.6

Drivetrain

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Under the hood, the Legacy carries over mostly unchanged. The same 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engines are offered, generating the same output as in the outgoing model.

Specifically, the 2.5-liter four-pot, which uses an Active Grille Shutter system to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance, cranks out 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The larger 3.6-liter six-cylinder available in the more expensive trims comes with the same 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of twist on tap.

The same 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engines are offered, generating the same output as in the outgoing model.

Both engines mate to company’s Lineartronic CVT transmission, as well as the already iconic Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. A retuned ECU provides the CVT with more responsive and smoother acceleration, but there’s no specific information about performance improvements. The AWD system carries over unchanged and uses an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch to actively manage torque distribution based on acceleration, deceleration and available traction. The system automatically directs up to 100 percent of available torque to the wheels with the best grip.

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

Toyota has yet to release precise information about the Camry’s new drivetrains, but we do know that the sedan will continue to use naturally aspirated four-cylinder and V-6 engines. It’s also safe to assume that they will have higher power ratings. For instance, expect the 2.5-liter four-banger to generate more than the 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet coming from the outgoing engine, while the 3.5-liter V-6, which probably shares most internals with the V-6 in the Highlander and Sierra, should deliver at least 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. All told, both unit will be significantly more powerful than what you can get in the Subaru Legacy. Unlike the latter, the Camry also comes with a hybrid drivetrain. The redesigned model gained a new gasoline-electric combo that uses a CVT with a new Sport Mode, and a battery pack under the rear seat for a more balanced feel. Again, specs aren’t yet available, but Toyota claims that it will achieve best-in-class fuel economy ratings, with "Prius-like efficiency," which should be around 54 in the city and 50 mpg on the highway.

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Honda Accord engine

The Legacy is behind both its competitors in terms of horsepower and torque. At the same time, there's no hybrid option.

Similar to the Camry, the Accord can be had with one of three drivetrains in the United States. The gasoline lineup includes two engines. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder cranks out 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque and comes standard in all but the range-topping EX-L V-6 trim. In the Sport model, the same unit generates 189 horses and 182 pound-feet. Moving over to the 3.5-liter V-6, it’s rated at 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of twist. The hybrid model combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet with an electric motor that generates 181 horse and 232 pound-feet. Total system output is rated at 212 horsepower, while fuel economy is estimated at 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. Not as good as what the Camry Hybrid is expected to deliver, but definitely solid.

The most important thing to notice here is that the Legacy is behind both its competitors in terms of horsepower and torque. At the same time, there’s no hybrid option. Essentially, the Legacy’s main strong point in this section is the all-wheel-drive system.

Honda Accord 4-cyl Honda Accord V-6 Toyota Camry 4-cyl Toyota Camry V-6 Subaru Legacy 2.5 Subaru Legacy 3.6
Engine 2.4-liter In-Line 4-Cylinder 3.5-liter V-6 2.5L Duratec 16V I4 Engine 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer
Horsepower 185 HP @ 6,400 RPM 278 HP @ 6,200 RPM 178 HP (est.) 280 HP (est.) 175 HP @ 5,800 RPM 256 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 181 LB-FT @ 3900 RPM 252 LB-FT @ 4900 RPM 170 LB-FT (est.) 260 LB-FT (est.) 174 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM 247 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual Direct Shift eight-speed automatic Direct Shift eight-speed automatic Lineartronic® CVT High-torque Lineartronic CVT
Curb Weight 3,170 Lbs 3,543 Lbs 3,470 Lbs 3,697 Lbs
Fuel economy City/Highway/Combined 23/32/26 21/33/25 TBA 21/31 (est.) 25/34/29 20/28/23

Chassis

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While the engines haven’t changed a bit and the transmission is pretty much the same, the chassis has been revised for a more comfortable ride, enhanced agility, steering, and brake feel. A set of retuned dampers reduce initial impact of bumps as well as body roll through turns, while the smoother, more linear response from the electric power steering and a firmer, more direct brake pedal feel make the sedan more engaging to drive. Granted, the Legacy is by no means a BMW M5, but it’s a pretty dynamic proposition compared to most of its competitors.

Safety

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One of the safest sedans in this segment, the Subaru Legacy is equipped with frontal and side impact airbags for the driver and passenger, as well as side curtains for first- and second-row seats.

Active features include the Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) and newly available Steering Responsive Headlight (SRH) system. RAB can detect objects in vehicle’s path and convey audible warnings to the driver.

The award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology includes Pre-Collision Braking, Vehicle Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist.

Also new for 2018 is the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), which detects pressure changes at each tire. The Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert indicator lamp is now larger. All Legacy trim lines come standard with a rear-view camera.

The award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, optionally available on most trims, includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Vehicle Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist. Models with EyeSight also get Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which includes Lane Change Assist. All Legacy models are equipped with Incline Start Assist and the electronic Hill Holder System that holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle.

The current-generation Legacy is a Top Safety Pick+ vehicle, earning "Good" ratings in all five crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The sedan all earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Prices

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Pricing for the revised Subaru Legacy starts from $23,055, which makes it $1,060 more expensive than the outgoing model. Upgrade from the base 2.5i model to the 2.5i Premium and the sticker jumps to $25,155. Next in line is 2.5i Sport, which retails from $27,205, while the 2.5i Limited comes in at $29,955. Finally, the 3.6R Limited is priced from $32,805.

Model/Trim Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + $860 destination and delivery
2.5i CVT ’01, 61, ’02, 62 $22, 195 $23,055
2.5i Premium CVT 11, 71, 12, 72, 14, 74, 15, 75 $24,295 $25,155
2.5i Sport CVT 11, 17 $26,345 $27,205
2.5i Limited CVT 21, 24 $29,095 $29,955
3.6R Limited CVT 21, 23 $31,945 $32,805

Options

Alloy Wheel Package $350 Moonroof Package $1,195
EyeSight® + Blind Spot Detections & Rear Cross Traffic Alert (BSD/RCTA) + High Beam Assist $1,545
EyeSight® + BSD/RCTA + High Beam Assist + Moonroof Package + Navigation System $3,140 EyeSight® + BSD/RCTA + High Beam Assist + Navigation System + Reverse Auto Brake $2,095
EyeSight® + High Beam Assist + Navigation System + Reverse Auto Brake $1,595
EyeSight® + High Beam Assist + Navigation System + Reverse Auto Brake + LED Headlights + Steering Responsive Headlights $2,095

COMPETING PRICES

Toyota has yet to release pricing information about the Camry, but it’s expected to start from around $24,000, only a grand more than the outgoing model. If this proves to be the case, it will cost as much as the revised Subaru Legacy. The Honda Accord, on the other hand, retails from $22,455, which makes the base model around $1,500 more affordable. On the flipside, the range-topping Accord starts from $35,955, a whopping $4,300 more than the top-of-the-league Legacy 3.6R Limited.

Honda Accord LX 6MT $22,455
Honda Accord LX CVT $23,255
Honda Accord Sport 6MT $24,515
Honda Accord Sport CVT $25,315
Honda Accord Sport CVT w/ Honda Sensing $26,315
Honda Accord Sport SE 6MT $25,515
Honda Accord Sport SE CVT $26,315
Honda Accord EX 6MT $25,830
Honda Accord EX CVT $26,630
Honda Accord EX CVT w/ Honda Sensing $27,630
Honda Accord EX-L CVT $28,920
Honda Accord EX-L CVT w/ Navi & Honda Sensing $30,920
Honda Accord Hybrid $29,605
Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L $32,905
Honda Accord Hybrid Touring $35,955
Toyota Camry $24,000 (est.)
Subaru Legacy 2.5i $21,995 (est.)
Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium $23,995 (est.)
Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport $25,995 (est.)
Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport $25,995 (est.)
Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited $31,640 (est.)

What the Other are Saying

KELLEY BLUE BOOK

KBB gave the Subaru Legacy an 8.3 out of 10 overall rating in its review, awarding 7.8 for driving dynamics, 8.0 for comfort & convenience, 7.3 for design, and 8.5 for safety. On the good side, KBB says that "Yes, there’s all-wheel drive, and even though AWD isn’t unique to Subaru anymore, its system is among the very best. But beyond that, the Legacy is comfortable, quiet, offers good fuel economy and reliability, all in a package with plenty of interior space and with excellent safety scores." On the flipside, the outlet notes that "there is no hybrid version of the Subaru Legacy, so those looking for extreme fuel savings will need to shop the Camry, Accord or Ford Fusion hybrids. And while the Legacy is conservatively handsome, other cars like the Fusion or even the Chevrolet Malibu are better-looking."

CAR AND DRIVER

The Japanese sedan scored a less impressive rating with Car and Driver, which gave it only 2.5 stars out of five. However, the outlet praised the Legacy for its comprehensive list of standard features, powerful engines, and comfortable interior. "With standard all-wheel drive and a suite of available safety tech at a price that undercuts less-equipped competitors, the Legacy is an undeniably smart buy. It’s also a solid performer, with a 2.5-liter, 175-hp flat-four or an optional 3.6-liter, 256-hp flat-six, both paired with a continuously variable automatic. The interior is comfortable, but the infotainment system lacks the latest in smartphone integration." The smartphone integration issues was obviously solved with the 2018 model year update.

MOTORTREND

MotorTrend, which gave the Legacy 3.5 out of five stars, claims the sedan is "an attractive choice for those who deal with inclement weather on a regular basis. The interior is simple, yet comfortable, and both engines are relatively efficient." On the other hand, it wasn’t too happy with the fact that the Legacy "doesn’t offer an eco-friendly hybrid or diesel option. And while all-wheel drive does add peace of mind, there’s little else that sets the Legacy apart from segment standouts like the Camry and Honda Accord."

EDMUNDS

Finally, Edmunds had this to say about the Legacy: "If you live with the muck, guck and general unpleasantness of winter driving, adding the Subaru Legacy and its standard all-wheel drive to your test drive list is a must. And even if you don’t, there are enough additional benefits to make it a solid pick when the sun is shining." The publication also listed "standard all-wheel-drive," "excellent outward visibility," "high-tech safety features," and "top crash test scores" on the "pros" list. On the "cons" side, we have "slower acceleration than almost every competitor" and "stiffer ride (except Legacy Limited)."

Competition

Ford Fusion

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Essentially the only midsize made by an American company in this review, the Fusion is a solid choice, but not as popular as the Camry and Accord. Older than two, having been launched for the 2013 model year, the Fusion was updated for 2017 with revised body panels and a reworked interior. Although not as sporty as its Japanese rivals, the Fusion is an elegant choice that provides everything a family man may need in a sedan. The Fusion is up to date as far as tech goes, using the latest SYNC3 system, a rotary shift dial, and a Platinum trim with premium features. Under the hood, there are four gasoline options, the most you can get in this niche. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder pumps out 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet, while a 1.5-liter EcoBoost delivers 181 horses and 185 pound-feet. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost is nearly as powerful as the V-6s from the competition at 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet, while the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 puts the Sport trim atop everything else you can buy right now at 325 horses and a whopping 325 pound-feet. Ford also offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Pricing for the Fusion starts from $22,120, while the Hybrid and Energi retail from $25,295 and $31,120 respectively.

Learn more about the Ford Fusion here.

Nissan Altima

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Yet another Japanese midsize that runs for a similar sticker, the Nissan Altima is the oldest model in this comparison. But even though it was introduced in 2012, the Altima gained a significant facelift in 2015, so it’s fairly fresh compared to the Subaru Legacy. It now has a sportier design that includes almost all of Nissan’s trademark cues, a well-appointed interior, and a selection of two engines. The base unit is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, while the optional 3.5-liter V-6 cranks out 270 horses and 251 pound-feet. Like Subaru, Nissan has yet to launch a hybrid drivetrain for the Altima. Even though it’s not the sportiest midsize out there, the Altima is a solid choice if fuel economy is your main concern, with the four-cylinder model returning up to 27 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. Pricing starts from 22,500 for the base Altima 2.5 trim, while the range-topping 3.5 SL retails from $32,690 before options.

Find out more about the Nissan Altima here.

Conclusion

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Good-looking, well-equipped compared to similarly priced alternatives, comfortable, and fitted with a state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive system, the Legacy is definitely a smart buy. However, Subaru has a long list of requirements that it can’t check with the current sedan. For starters, it loses customers looking for sportier looks to Toyota and Honda and it obviously can’t match the performance that Ford is offering with the Fusion Sport. The lack of a hybrid drivetrain is also problematic. Although hybrid sales aren’t exactly solid right now, an important chuck of the midsize market is clearly moving in that direction and an electrified Legacy is definitely necessary. For now, the Legacy remains a good option, but I don’t see Subaru breaking any sales record in the midsize market anytime soon.

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    • * The new Camry looks amazing
    • * Most competitors have better tech
    • * Crowded segment

Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc., which posted its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking sales, today announced that it will debut the 2018 Legacy midsize sedan at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show on February 9th. The new Legacy features revised styling and significant upgrades to comfort, safety, and multimedia capability. In addition to major changes, myriad smaller engineering and design details throughout the 2018 Legacy enhance the driving experience. The 2018 Subaru Legacy will go on sale this summer.

The 2018 Legacy, the roomiest sedan in the midsize segment, is available in a 2.5i model with an efficient and responsive 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine, or, as the Legacy 3.6R with a 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine. Both engines come teamed as standard with the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with manual mode and paddle shift control switches. A retuned ECU for 2018 provides the CVT with more responsive and smoother acceleration. The 2.5i will be available in standard, Premium, and Sport trims; Limited offers a choice of 2.5i or 3.6R engines. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring are standard in all trims, making the Legacy the only midsize sedan to feature all-wheel drive as standard on all models.

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Already an exemplar of passenger safety, the Legacy adds to its array of driver-assist features for 2018, including available new Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH). Available in conjunction with LED headlights, SRH aims the lights into turns as the driver steers. Also for 2018, Limited models with EyeSight utilize the systems’ cameras for High Beam Assist, which automatically turn the high beams on and off depending on traffic conditions.

Sportier, Yet More Elegant Design
The Legacy wears a sportier and more elegant look for 2018, highlighted by wider, lower grille openings and new bumper that complement the wider Subaru hexagonal grille, now with distinctive wing element. The C-shaped headlights and parking lights and new horizontal lines extending outward from the grille subtly suggest the piston motion of the BOXER engine, a Subaru core technology. The redesigned headlights now feature distinctive “Konoji” daytime LED running lights.

Available LED fog lamps lend a sophisticated image. Other design details bolster the luxury-class appearance for the 2018 Legacy, including new high-contrast wheel designs and two rich new exterior colors, Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl. From the rear, the 2018 Legacy conveys a wider, more planted stance, although the car measures the same width as before. The new tailpipe design integrated into the lower fascia adds a premium touch.

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More Responsive and Quieter

Subaru went through the Legacy chassis to make the 2018 model even more comfortable to drive, while also retuning its suspension to enhance agility and steering and brake feel. Retuned dampers reduce the initial impact of bumps while also reducing body roll through turns. Smoother, more linear response from the Electric Power Steering (EPS) and a firmer, more direct brake-pedal feel also make the Legacy more engaging to drive.

Already lauded for its quiet ride, the Legacy moves another step up in cabin comfort for 2018 with further reductions from all noise sources. The Lineartronic CVT on 2.5-liter equipped cars now uses a quieter ultra-short-pitch chain, and adjustments to engine timing under acceleration further reduce powertrain noise. Reshaped exterior mirrors are among a number of enhancements that help reduce noise entering the cabin. New sound-insulating inner film glass for the front side windows makes the front seat area quieter, while thicker rear wheel well aprons reduce rear seat ambient noise.

More Comfort, More Tech

The 2018 Subaru Legacy debuts an interior with new premium materials and a redesigned center console with an available 8-inch display screen for enhanced multimedia capabilities. On Premium and higher trims, real stitching on the dash, seats and door panels along with high-gloss black trim and silver-color bezels for various controls enhance the high-quality feel of the Legacy cabin. A new gray interior is now available, in addition to black or ivory. The steering wheel is all new with a sportier look and feel.

Subaru enhanced Legacy comfort in both large and small ways for 2018. The air conditioning system cools the cabin more quickly and provides more uniform temperature throughout the cabin. Subaru moved the temperature setting indicator to inside the control dial for more intuitive operation. As an added convenience on all models, interior power is retained for a short time after the ignition has been switched off. A redesigned clock is now larger and easier to read.

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SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia

The 2018 Legacy gains the brand’s latest SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia system with Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. The top-level system includes TomTom navigation with 3 years of free map updates. Two USB power ports are added to the back of the center console for rear seat passengers’ convenience.

The standard STARLINK 6.5” Multimedia system is an upgrade from the previous STARLINK 6.2” system and offers quicker performance. The available STARLINK 8.0” system debuts a new 8-inch central display that uses a faster CPU to greatly increase startup speed, giving the touch screen a more smartphone-like operation and feel. More smartphone-linked operations improve the multimedia experience while reducing the need to divert eyes from the road or hands from the steering wheel.

The use of two microphones and Technology by Nuance (maker of Dragon Dictation apps for PCs and other devices) significantly improves the voice recognition capabilities. The driver can more easily use Apple Siri or OK Google voice commands. The system is also compatible with multiple languages.

Among standard features on all SUBARU STARLINK systems are Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control, a USB port and auxiliary input jack. High-line trims add more features, including dual USB ports. Smartphone integration features Aha and Pandora, along with STARLINK cloud applications iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Calendar, Music Player, News and Weather.

Apps added for 2018 include:

Magellan NAVI offers advanced cloud-based mapping
eBird advises of local bird sightings and locations
Best Parking locates and compares parking rates
YELP delivers crowd sourced reviews of businesses
Glympse provides real-time location sharing
RightTrack monitors driving habits and recommends improvements
Quick Guide is a digital reference guide for the vehicle
eventseeker provides information on local events

The new Legacy STARLINK Multimedia systems are also compatible with OTA (Over the Air) updates using WiFi.

Safety Leader with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
The Subaru Legacy builds on its long record as a safety standout for 2018, with Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) and newly available Steering Responsive Headlight (SRH) system. RAB can detect objects in vehicle’s path and convey audible warnings to the driver, including showing distance and position of the object in the center display screen.

Also new for 2018, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) now detects pressure changes at each tire. The Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert indicator lamp is larger and has been moved from the mirror surface to the side of the mirror. In highline trims, redesigned LED turn signals in the mirrors are easier for other drivers to see.
All Legacy trim lines come standard with a rear-view camera. New for 2018, when reversing, the guidelines displayed on the screen move in sync with the steering to provide more accurate vehicle positioning.

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The brand’s available award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, available on most trims, includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Vehicle Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist. Models with EyeSight also come with Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which includes Lane Change Assist. For 2018, all Legacy models are equipped with Incline Start Assist and the electronic Hill Holder System that holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle.

The 2018 Subaru Legacy also helps take care of personal security. Standard Welcome Lighting automatically operates cabin illumination and exterior lights as the driver approaches or departs the vehicle. New for 2018 are automatic locking doors. Subaru also made child seat installation easier in the 2018 Legacy with improved LATCH anchors.

Two Levels of SUBARU BOXER Power
The Legacy 2.5i is powered by a 175-hp double overhead cam (DOHC) 2.5-liter BOXER engine that produces 174 lb-ft peak torque. The Active Grille Shutter system helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance. The DOHC 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine in the Legacy 3.6R produces 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of peak torque, sustaining 90 percent of peak torque from 2,000-6,000 rpm for exceptional response at all vehicle speeds.

In all Legacy models, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is an active AWD system that uses an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch to actively manage torque distribution based on acceleration, deceleration and available traction. The system automatically directs up to 100 percent of available torque to the wheels with the best grip.

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SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services
Two SUBARU STARLINK packages are available and are among the most affordable in the industry. The STARLINK Safety Plus package, which is complimentary for the first year and $99 per year after that, includes SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts. For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus Package adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

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