The 218 Subaru Legacy midsize sedan and Outback wagon will roll out with a bunch of new updates this summer.
Look for reworked front and rear fascias, along with the grille. Plus Subaru says it’s given the refreshed sedan and wagon a new suspension for an improved ride. It’s also refined the interior and there are some new standard features. The Legacy offers a new Titanium Gray color option.
The base 2018 Legacy 2.0i starts at $23,055 and the Outback at $26,810. The Outback consistently adds $3,755 on to the price of the Legacy. Both models start about $250 more than the current year.
Subaru also focused on a quieter ride. The automaker added acoustically insulated side glass windows for the front doors and insulated the rear wheel tire liners designed to help reduce cabin noise. New side mirrors and headlights on the Outback are more aerodynamic to cut down on wind noise as well.
A new safety system locks the doors at speeds over 12.5 miles an hour. It unlocks when the vehicle is placed in park and driver’s door is opened. It will also automatically unlock when airbags deploy.
Other new safety features include a standard individual tire pressure monitoring display.
A variety of EyeSight safety package options, which we always recommend, offer high beam assist, reverse auto brake, and steering responsive headlights. The package now comes with an 8.0-inch multimedia navigation system.
The base powertrain is a 2.5-liter Boxer engine with 165-horsepower. The top option is the top 3.6-liter 6-cylinder with 256-horsepower. All models and trims come standard with Subaru’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and Active Torque Vectoring.
The Outback’s road clearance measures 8.7-inchs and it comes standard with X-mode, Hill Descent Control, and Hill Holder.
So if you’re looking for the ultimate camping mobile, the Outback is the way to go. But if you’re looking for the only mid-size sedan standard with AWD, check out the Legacy.
Both models are going on sale later this summer at a time when Subaru is seeing record sales. June marked the 66th month of year-over-year sales increases.