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Subaru engineers most of its products, including Legacy, on a five year "product cycle."  The 2018 Legacy is the fourth year of this generation (first introduced in 2015), when Subaru typically "refreshes" the car with various mid-cycle changes.  D
imensions, sheet metal, and most specifications will remain the same.  Rather predictably, however, this fourth year usually brings a host of improvements and modifications to freshen the appearance and keep the features competitive with new models from other manufacturers.   


  • Revised front and rear styling for sportier look.
  • Redesigned interior with more premium materials.
  • Ride made even smoother and quieter.
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • New available Steering Responsive LED Headlight system.
  • New multimedia capabilities.


The Legacy wears a sportier and more elegant look for 2018, highlighted by wider, lower grille openings and new bumper that complement the wider Subaru hexagonal grille, now with distinctive wing element. The C-shaped headlights and parking lights and new horizontal lines extending outward from the grille subtly suggest the piston motion of the BOXER engine, a Subaru core technology. The redesigned headlights now feature distinctive "Konoji" daytime LED running lights.  Available LED fog lamps lend a sophisticated image. 

  Subaru went through the Legacy chassis to make the 2018 model even more comfortable to drive, while also retuning its suspension to enhance agility and steering and brake feel. Retuned dampers reduce the initial impact of bumps while also reducing body roll through turns. Smoother, more linear response from the Electric Power Steering (EPS) and a firmer, more direct brake-pedal feel also make the Legacy more engaging to drive.


Other design details bolster the luxury-class appearance for the 2018 Legacy, including new high-contrast wheel designs and two rich new exterior colors, Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl. From the rear, the 2018 Legacy conveys a wider, more planted stance, although the car measures the same width as before. The new tailpipe design integrated into the lower fascia adds a premium touch. 

The 2018 Subaru Legacy debuts an interior with new premium materials and a redesigned center console with an available 8-inch display screen for enhanced multimedia capabilities. On Premium and higher trims, real stitching on the dash, seats and door panels along with high-gloss black trim and silver-color bezels for various controls enhance the high-quality feel of the Legacy cabin. A new gray interior is now available, in addition to black or ivory. The steering wheel is all new with a sportier look and feel.


Subaru enhanced Legacy comfort in both large and small ways for 2018. The air conditioning system cools the cabin more quickly and provides more uniform temperature throughout the cabin. Subaru moved the temperature setting indicator to inside the control dial for more intuitive operation. As an added convenience on all models, interior power is retained for a short time after the ignition has been switched off. A redesigned clock is now larger and easier to read.

The 2018 Legacy gains the brand's latest SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia system with Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. The top-level system includes TomTom navigation with 3 years of free map updates. Two USB power ports are added to the back of the center console for rear seat passengers' convenience.

The standard STARLINK 6.5" Multimedia system is an upgrade from the previous STARLINK 6.2" system and offers quicker performance. The available STARLINK 8.0" system debuts a new 8-inch central display that uses a faster CPU to greatly increase startup speed, giving the touch screen a more smartphone-like operation and feel. More smartphone-linked operations improve the multimedia experience while reducing the need to divert eyes from the road or hands from the steering wheel.

The use of two microphones and Technology by Nuance (maker of Dragon Dictation apps for PCs and other devices) significantly improves the voice recognition capabilities. The driver can more easily use Apple Siri or OK Google voice commands. The system is also compatible with multiple languages.


Among standard features on all SUBARU STARLINK systems are Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control, a USB port and auxiliary input jack. High-line trims add more features, including dual USB ports. Smartphone integration features Aha and Pandora, along with STARLINK cloud applications iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Calendar, Music Player, News and Weather.
Apps added for 2018 include: 
  • Magellan NAVI  cloud-based mapping
  • eBird local bird sightings and locations
  • Best Parking locates parking  
  • YELP reviews of businesses
  • Glympse provides real-time location sharing
  • RightTrack monitors driving habits
  • Quick Guide reference guide for the vehicle
  • eventseeker information on local events
The new Legacy STARLINK Multimedia systems are also compatible with OTA (Over the Air) updates using WiFi.

Already lauded for its quiet ride, the Legacy moves another step up in cabin comfort for 2018 with further reductions from all noise sources. The Lineartronic CVT on 2.5-liter equipped cars now uses a quieter ultra-short-pitch chain, and adjustments to engine timing under acceleration further reduce powertrain noise. Reshaped exterior mirrors are among a number of enhancements that help reduce noise entering the cabin. New sound-insulating inner film glass for the front side windows makes the front seat area quieter, while thicker rear wheel well aprons reduce rear seat ambient noise.

Already an exemplar of passenger safety, the Legacy adds to its array of driver-assist features for 2018, including available new Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH). Available in conjunction with LED headlights, SRH aims the lights into turns as the driver steers. Also for 2018, Limited models with EyeSight utilize the systems' cameras for High Beam Assist, which automatically turn the high beams on and off depending on traffic conditions.

The 2018 Legacy, the roomiest sedan in the midsize segment, is available in a 2.5i model with an efficient and responsive 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine, or, as the Legacy 3.6R with a 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine. Both engines come teamed as standard with the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with manual mode and paddle shift control switches. A retuned ECU for 2018 provides the CVT with more responsive and smoother acceleration. The 2.5i will be available in standard, Premium, and Sport trims; Limited offers a choice of 2.5i or 3.6R engines. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring are standard in all trims, making the Legacy the only midsize sedan to feature all-wheel drive as standard on all models.
Prices rose slightly.  
 See Current PricingEven without increasing margin, Subaru needs to keep up with inflation.  Even during these times of low inflation, 1% on a $25,000 car is $250. 

Trunk Space
We didn't really want to comment on the trunk space, but we had this great picture of our Greeter, Blue, so we figured we would make your day.  
15.0 Cubic Feet
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Take a deep dive into the 2018 Legacy:

In one of the industry's most competitive segments, the midsize Legacy sedan remains the only model to come standard with All-Wheel Drive. The combination of Subaru's acclaimed Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and standard Active Torque Vectoring give Legacy confident grip in all weather conditions. The 2018 Legacy 2.5i, featuring a 175-horsepower 2.5-liter Boxer engine and standard Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual mode and paddle shifters, has a starting MSRP of $22,195.

This mid cycle refresh brings significant styling updates to the exterior and interior. Styling enhancements include changes to the front fascia, grille, side mirrors, and rear bumper design. The interior has also been refined to elevate Legacy's appeal. Also new is an available Titanium Gray interior color option.

The Legacy line gains additional safety features for 2018. A new system automatically locks the doors at 12.5mph and unlocks when the vehicle is placed in park and driver's door is opened. As an added measure, the system will unlock the doors in the event of airbag deployment.   The cabin is now quieter and includes upgrades such as acoustic insulated side glass in front doors and insulated rear wheel well liners. A tire pressure monitoring system that displays individual wheel pressure is also standard.

The well-equipped 2018 Legacy 2.5i Premium begins at $24,295 with upgrades including new 17-in. alloy wheels, 8.0" SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia Plus System as well as STARLINK Connected Services. The All-Weather Package (Heated Front Seats, Heated Exterior Mirrors and Windshield Wiper De-Icer), dual zone automatic climate control system, 10-way Power Driver's Seat includes Power Lumbar Support for increased driver comfort. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and dash panel with silver stitching detail are new for 2018 Legacy. Additional standard upgrades on 2018 Premium trims are Auto Up/Auto Down Driver's and Front Passenger Window with Anti-Pinch Protection, illuminated overhead console and front door pull handles and new more aerodynamic side mirrors. 2018 Legacy Premium models offer an updated EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology option package which now includes 8.0" Multimedia Navigation System, Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist. LED Fog Lights are also standard on Premium models with EyeSight.  Additionally, EyeSight-equipped models have optional exterior body color foldable mirrors with integrated turn signals.  Auto-Dimming Rear View Compass Mirror with Homelink® is included with Power Moonroof Package.

The Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport features exclusive unique two-tone cloth interior with blue accent stitching and carbon fiber finish patterned trim. The 18-in. sport-styled wheels, sport-type front grille, body color with chrome-accent rocker trim and newly designed foldable mirrors with integrated turn signals further emphasize the sleek look of this trim. New for 2018 Sport is a body color trunk spoiler, LED fog lights, new 3-spoke design leather-wrapped steering wheel with blue stitching and Auto-Dimming Rear View Compass Mirror with Homelink. The Legacy 2.5i Sport starts at $26,345 and is available with EyeSight and navigation and a suite of accompanying safety features like Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist and Reverse Automatic Braking.

The Legacy 2.5i features a new STARLINK 6.5" Multimedia with today's most in-demand user technologies, including: 6.5-in. single-touch gesture display; Smartphone integration featuring Android Auto™, Apple Carplay™, Aha™ and Pandora®; Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; a USB port and auxiliary input jack.

Premium, Sport, and Limited trims have a standard STARLINK 8.0" Multimedia Plus with a high-resolution 8-in. LCD screen featuring multi-touch gesture controls, Android Auto™, Apple Carplay™ and STARLINK Cloud App integration, Bluetooth hands-free phone, SMS text messaging and audio streaming connectivity, voice activated controls, single-disc CD player, AM/FM stereo with HD Radio® and dual USB ports for front and rear passengers.

Beginning at $29,095, the Legacy 2.5i Limited adds perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, Power Moonroof, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, heated rear seat backs and cushions as part of the All-Weather Package, rear-seat air conditioner outlets, 10-way Power Driver's seat with two position memory and Power Lumbar Support. Additionally, the Limited has 4-way Power Front Passenger seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, body color foldable side mirrors with integrated turn signals and Auto Dimming Rear View Compass Mirror with Homelink and Stablex Suspension. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also standard on Limited models.

Legacy Limited trim with optional EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology comes equipped High Beam Assist and Steering Responsive Headlights as well as Reverse Automatic Braking. There is also an available 8.0" Multimedia Navigation System that includes STARLINK Connected Services. LED low and High beam headlights with Automatic Height Adjustment Control are new features for 2018 on 2.5i Legacy Limited equipped with EyeSight.

The Legacy 3.6R Limited is the top of the line model utilizing a 256 horsepower, 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder BOXER engine mated to a high torque CVT with steering wheel paddle-shift control switches and 6-speed manual shift mode. Steering Responsive Headlights, Automatic LED Low and High Beam Height Adjustment Control for the LED headlights and stainless steel exhaust tip surrounds are all standard on 3.6R Limiteds. Well-equipped Legacy 3.6R Limited models start at $31,945.




Applicable Option Code


MSRP + $860 destination and delivery



'01, 61, '02, 62

$22, 195


2.5i Premium


11, 71, 12, 72, 14, 74, 15, 75



2.5i Sport


11, 17



2.5i Limited


21, 24



3.6R Limited


21, 23







CODE 01/61      Standard Model 2.5i


CODE 02/62      Alloy Wheel Package


CODE 11/71     Standard 2.5i Premium


CODE 12/72     Moonroof Package


CODE 14/74     EyeSight® + Blind Spot Detections & Rear Cross Traffic Alert (BSD/RCTA) + High Beam Assist


CODE 15/75    EyeSight® + BSD/RCTA + High Beam Assist + Moonroof Package + Navigation System


CODE 11         Standard Legacy 2.5i Sport


CODE 17         EyeSight® + BSD/RCTA + High Beam Assist + Navigation System + Reverse Auto Brake


CODE 21       Standard Legacy 2.5i & 3.6R Limited


CODE 23      EyeSight® + High Beam Assist + Navigation System + Reverse Auto Brake


CODE 24     EyeSight® + High Beam Assist + Navigation System + Reverse Auto Brake + LED Headlights + Steering Responsive Headlights


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Legacy through the years:

Introduced in 1990 as a small Japanese car, Legacy has grown in size and sophistication.  Through 2007, you could buy a Legacy sedan and a wagon, which got a little confusing since the more rugged Outback was also based on the Legacy platform.  (Making things even more confusing was the Outback Sedan, from 1997 through 2007).  Now, if you want a midsize sedan, you get the Legacy, and if you want a midsize wagon, you get the Outback. 

Fifth generation increases slightly in size and now offers most room in its midsize sedan class.  Upscale interior abounds with technology and infotainment functions.  Airbag count rises to eight with the addition of seat cushion airbags that deploy from the flat part of the seat to hold front occupants in place during an accident.

2010 through 2014

Sales skyrocketed with the introduction of a much larger Legacy, every bit as big as segment leaders Camry and Accord.  Continuously variable transmission debuts and fuel economy jumps.
  Eyesight appears in 2013. Optional six cylinder grows to 3.6 liters. 

2005 through 2009

Subaru refines this generation further, with better fuel economy, smoother ride, six airbags (including side curtains) and optional goodies such as navigation and a race-me-chase-me turbocharged engine.  Wagon sings its swan song in 2007, and thereafter Legacy becomes synonymous only with "Sedan."

2000 through 2004

Size remains the same, but Subaru irons out some goofy ergonomics from the last generation.  Larger 2.5 liter and side airbags become standard.  Styling and handling improve.

1995 through 1999

The second generation arrived with more interior room, and a more appealing exterior.  All wheel drive became standard in 1996. 

1990 through 1994

Introduced with a small 2.2 liter
engine, you could order your Legacy in your choice of front wheel drive or all wheel drive, sedan or wagon.  But every one came with a boxy exterior and motorized seatbelts! 

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