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2018 Subaru Legacy

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$22,195

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

29

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

188.8” x 59”

Dimensions

All-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

5 trims

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2018 Subaru Legacy review: Our expert's take

By Kelsey Mays

CARS.COM

Competes with: Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry

Looks like: Your typical mid-cycle facelift

Drivetrains: 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder or 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder with continuously variable automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2017

Just one model year after Subaru updated the Legacy with more safety features and a new trim level, the automaker’s family sedan receives a slew of small updates and new features for 2018. The sum of them makes for a significantly updated Legacy; it hits dealerships this summer. Given that Subaru often updates the Legacy in tandem with its wagon sibling, the Outback, it’s likely the latter will get similar updates soon.

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Exterior

Up front, the Legacy’s headlights get a more horizontal design, while the foglights also get some horizontal framework and busier openings. The lower bumper opening has sharper edges, while Subaru’s logo sits on a more prominent grille slat — a cue that recalls the automaker’s onetime attempt at a winged grille. The rear has some restyled bumper cladding with shapelier inserts on the outside edges; otherwise, it’s essentially a carryover from last year.

Interior

The interior adds some stitched dashboard veneer on higher trim levels — a feature that’s nearing ubiquity in today’s cars — and the center controls sit inside a single framework instead of last year’s stacked design. Piano black appears to be a major theme: Subaru expanded it to cover nearly all the center controls, plus the steering-wheel buttons.

Subaru overhauled the multimedia system, which has larger displays (6.5 inches standard, 8 inches optional) versus last year’s 6.2- and 7-inch screens. The 8-inch unit has much faster startup times, according to Subaru. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, formerly unavailable, are now standard; the system also incorporates more than a dozen smartphone apps. Subaru also claims more intuitive climate controls, better temperature regulation and an easier-to-read clock.

Under the Hood

Subaru claims updates for 2018 to the Legacy’s suspension, steering, brakes, aerodynamics and noise insulation will improve ride quality, agility and quietness. The automaker says it retuned the standard CVT for smoother acceleration, too. Most versions employ the automaker’s 175-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with Subaru’s 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder available only on the top Limited trim. As before, all-wheel drive is standard.

Safety

A backup camera is again standard, and Subaru says it updated the sedan’s Latch anchors for easier car-seat installation. Blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning automatic emergency braking are optional. New for 2018, adaptive headlights and automatic high-beams are also optional.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Excellent Quality at a Reasonable Price

I purchased my 2018 Legacy Limited with 2.5 L engine (50th anniversary edition) with heritage blue exterior and black leather interior in May 2018. I’m 75 years old and have been driving since I was 15. I’ve owned many vehicles during my life, both domestic and foreign made. The ‘18 Legacy is the best car I have ever owned. Generally, I don’t care for CVT transmissions but this CVT mated to the 2.5 liter engine is surprisingly quick in city driving. On the highway it accelerates and cruises effortlessly. Surprising for a non turbo, non hybrid 4 cylinder gasoline engine. Approximately 25 mpg around town and 37 Hwy. Fit and finish are excellent on my Legacy both interior and exterior. 4 years later the cabin remains quiet with no squeaks or rattles. The ride is smooth and luxuriously comfortable. It absorbs road imperfections nicely. Seats are comfortable with plenty of legroom front and rear. Plenty of Eyesight safety features but without the annoying auto stop/start and ACTIVE lane keep assist (these 2 features were added after 2018). The infotainment system is not perfect but overall well designed - My one criticism is that the voice recognition feature is mediocre. In summary, a very, very nice well made 4 door sedan.

3.0

First and last Subaru!

I bought it new in 2018. Great looking car with a huge trunk for a sedan. Good gas mileage ! 2018 Legacy Limited started consuming oil over a year ago….. have to add a quart every 2-3 thousand miles! Very nervous acting car when pulling out. It hesitates and then lurches forward or backward respectively. And it suffers from excessive road noise to the point that you cannot have a comfortable phone conversation while the car is in motion. Biggest complaint-the “top of the line” Harman/Kardon Infotainment Center has completely failed after 4 years. It was always slow to respond and seemed to decide when it would answer a command rather than respond quickly. Over the last two years the touch screen on the 8 inch version has developed a fog and simply gone insane! The dealer advised I needed a program update…. and then two hours and $80 later said the update didn’t “seem to totally fix the issues” and said it could be replaced for about $900!!!! I learned that the units had been recalled in 18 and 19 but apparently I was never notified. I called Subura Customer Advocacy and was informed via email that the recall had expired and therefor no consideration was offered. I called my Advocate eight times to discuss….always received his voice mail….. and still have not heard from a live human on my issue. I don’t understand how a product can have a recall deadline when the manufacturer knew almost instantly when it was sold the product was seriously and possible dangerously defective??!! Bottom line - not the kind of product or customer service I expected from my first ever Subura. For the money….my Legacy and Subura experience has been overall a disappointment! My confidence lost!

5.0

Great luxury sedan for the price!

The Legacy has all the amenities I was looking for in a used car which is hard to find in a 2018. They style of this car inside and out is awesome.

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Safety

Based on the 2018 Subaru Legacy base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
5
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
5
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
10.1%
Rollover rating
5
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
Powertrain
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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