2019 Subaru Legacy Uptick a Small Price to Pay for Big Safety Boost

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The 2019 Subaru Legacy sees a slight uptick in price for the new model year with the base model MSRP starting at $23,430 (including an $885 destination charge), which represents a $375 increase over the 2018 sedan model. But the 2019 more than makes up for that difference with the addition of new standard features, including Subaru’s EyeSight safety system. The Subaru Legacy arrives at dealerships this summer.

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The Subaru Legacy joins the 2019 Outback in adding EyeSight as standard; the system includes adaptive cruise control, automatic forward emergency braking, pre-collision warning and lane keep assist. This brings the Legacy and Outback up to par with Toyota vehicles — previously the only cars to offer this kind of comprehensive safety features as standard — and it’s a trend we hope to see spread beyond Subaru and Toyota.

The Subaru Legacy sedan will still have two engine options: a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter boxer flat four-cylinder and a 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine (boxer means the cylinders are horizontally opposed in a flat configuration), with the larger six-cylinder only offered on the line-topping Limited trim level. In ascending order, the trim levels are 2.5i (base), 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited, with the number beforehand specifying the engine. All come with CVT and all-wheel drive as standard equipment.

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2018 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited
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The all-new 2.5i base model, in addition to EyeSight, also adds dual front console USB ports. Other standard features include a 6.5-inch multimedia screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 5-inch display in the instrument panel and a backup camera.

Starting at $25,580, the 2.5i Premium adds on a larger 8.0-inch multimedia system touchscreen, 17-inch wheels, LED fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat and the All-Weather Package with heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. A blind spot warning system, power moonroof and navigation are optional.

The 2.5i Sport starts at $27,680 and includes all of the Premium equipment while making the blind spot warning system standard and adding a unique two-tone cloth interior with blue accent stitching, carbon-fiber finish patterned trim and a three-spoke-design, leather-wrapped steering wheel with blue stitching. There are also exterior touches to make it look more aggressive, including larger 18-inch wheels, a sporty front grille, a spoiler and LED foglights. A moonroof and navigation are optional here, as well, along with reverse automatic braking and high-beam assist.

Topping things off is the Limited, which comes in both 2.5i ($30,130) and 3.6R ($32,430) variants. It adds leather trimmed upholstery, heated rear seats, rear seat vents and 18-inch alloy wheels. There is one option package available, here, adding the same extras mentioned above on the Sport but also a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

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