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2018 Subaru Legacy

2018 Subaru Legacy

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$13,994 — $24,266 USED
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5 Seats
23-29 MPG
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2018 Subaru Legacy Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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...

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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.

More Chicago Auto Show Coverage

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.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
110 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Most comfortable and reliable car I ever owned

by Wegman from MillCreek Wv on January 22, 2021

This car has a lot of leg room and has a lot of features we were looking for I love it thank you for offering us the car and keeping your word Read full review

(5.0)

The best value for the money car ever

by sdp000 from Bloomfield Hills, MI on January 10, 2021

THE "Perfect working man's car" and it has: AWD, Super Clean. I love this incredible car for the suspension, handling, steering, quiet drive and incredible AWD road grip. It is just a beautiful Subaru... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Subaru Legacy currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • 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

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Legacy received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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