Legacies grow and get better with time. So say hello to the updated 2018 Subaru Legacy. It keeps things fresh for the new model year.
We took the 2017 model for a test drive last year and loved it. While we haven’t been behind the wheel of the new one yet, the updates we’re hearing about make us hope we will be soon.
The upgrades are hard to see from the outside, but there are some notable ones.
The model keeps most of the exterior lines from the current one. It does get slightly ‘sportier’ front and rear fascias. The grille has wider and lower openings. The headlights are in an improved C-shaped design. They now come with daytime LED running lights.
The two new colors choices are Crimson Red Pearl and Magnetite Gray Metallic. There are also two new wheel designs.
The noticeable improvements are in the cabin and added technology. The cabin sounds like it will be more cushy with new upholstery featuring real stitching. There is also a new steering wheel and redesigned center console. CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. There’s all the latest in connectivity options a la two USB ports.
Ride improvements include retuned suspension and improved steering and braking. The better hush-hush of the cabin comes from the new sound-insulating film on the front side windows and redesigned side mirrors. Subaru also says the CVT is quieter than before.
Riding in the bonnet is the same 2.5-liter engine with 175-horsepower. You can still opt for the more powerful DOHC 3.6-liter BOXER engine with 256-horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. The model will continue to come standard with all-wheel drive on all trims. Subaru claims the Legacy as the only midsize sedan to do this.
The new Legacy makes its official public debut later this month at the Chicago Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer.