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The 2018 Subaru Legacy: What’s New?

The 2018 Subaru Legacy: What’s New?

April 25, 2018

The Subaru Legacy has a few new upgrades for 2018. The body has a slightly more stylish look. Subaru also upgraded the Legacy’s suspension for a quieter ride and improved handling. The infotainment system has an update, too, with the addition a slightly larger touchscreen. Beyond that, it is still a good mid-size sedan with plenty of room for passengers and excellent safety ratings. Here are the answers to questions you may have about the latest Legacy.


Has the 2018 Subaru Legacy gotten good crash test results?


The 2018 Legacy has gotten the highest possible crash test results. It has been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It has also received a five-star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Does the 2018 Legacy come with rear-wheel drive?


No, it doesn’t. The new Legacy only comes with all-wheel drive.


How fuel efficient is the Subaru Legacy?


The new Legacy is very fuel efficient for an AWD mid-size sedan. All trim levels get 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway except the 3.6R Limited. Its mileage figures drop to 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway because it comes with a different engine.


Is the Subaru Legacy a five- or six-passenger car?


The Legacy is a roomy five-passenger sedan. Even the back seat has enough leg-room for tall people to sit comfortably. The lower three trims have cloth seats, and the upper two have leather trim. It also has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors located in the outer back-seat positions. They are very easy to use, too.


How big is the trunk in the new Legacy?


The 2018 Legacy has 15 cubic feet of space in the trunk. There are also small storage spaces throughout the interior, and the back seat has a 60/40 split-folding back, so you can easily transport longer items.


What type of safety features are standard in the new Legacy?


All 2018 Legacy trim levels come with Vehicle Dynamics Control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, Traction Control System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, rear child-safety locks, a collapsible steering column, whiplash-protection in the front seats and a high-resolution rear-vision camera. A keyless entry system and an anti-theft security system also come standard in all trim levels.The STARLINK Safety and Security Connected Services system comes standard in all but the base trim. Blind-spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-traffic Alert systems are standard in the top two trims and optional in the 2nd and 3rd trims.Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is an available option on all but the base trim. This suite of safety systems includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, pre-collision braking and lane keep assist.


Does the new Legacy come with a powerful engine?


This is one of the areas where the Legacy is found lacking. All but the highest trim level come with a 175-hp four-cylinder engine that isn’t really powerful enough for a mid-size sedan. The 3.6R Limited comes with a 256-hp six-cylinder engine. This bigger engine is better but only just. It still isn’t what anyone would call powerful for the size of car it has to move.


Are there sedans that are a better buy than the Subaru Legacy?


The Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry are definitely worth considering if you’re in the market. The Malibu is very similar to the Legacy, gets about the same miles per gallon and costs about the same. The Honda Accord is also very similar, although it has a nicer interior, gets better mileage and is more fun to drive. The Camry is also similar, but it is currently out-selling the Legacy by 8 to 1. The one outstanding feature the Subaru Legacy has that the others don’t is all-wheel drive. Legacy sales are down as of mid-April, too, which means better deals.


How many trims does the 2018 Legacy have?


The 2018 Legacy comes in five different trims. The base trim is the Legacy 2.5i which is followed by the 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited.


What has been changed on the Legacy for 2018?


The 2018 Legacy has side mirrors that are more aerodynamic and noise-reducing laminated glass for a quieter ride. The new infotainment system touch-screen is 6.5 inches, as opposed to the 6.2-inch touch-screen in last year’s Legacy. The suspension has been upgraded with a double-wishbone rear suspension for improved road feel. The addition of Vehicle Dynamic Control with Active Torque Vectoring gives the new Legacy sharper handling as well as improved steering and braking capabilities.


Does the new Legacy come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?


Yes, the 2018 Legacy comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as Pandora and Bluetooth integration capabilities, a USB port and iPod control capability. These are all included in the STARLINK Multimedia system that comes standard in all Legacy trims. SiriusXM All Access Radio, iHeartRadio, Aha, a navigation system, podcasts, and audiobooks can all be accessed through STARLINK apps.Infotainment upgrade options include a TomTom voice-activated navigation system and an 8-inch touch-screen. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system with a 576-watt-equivalent amplifier is standard in the 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited.


Is the new Subaru Legacy expensive?


The 2018 Legacy is reasonably priced in comparison to other sedans in its class. The base trim has a starting price of $22,195 which makes it one of the lowest-priced sedans on the market. The 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Sport have base prices of $24,295 and $26,345, respectively. Those prices are still lower than the base trims of some of its competitors. The 2.5i Limited starts out at $29,095, and the 3.6R Limited has a base price of $31,945.

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