New Legacy Adds Safety, Styling, Tech

The 2018 Subaru Legacy features new exterior styling while staying true to the same appealing look of previous models, an upgraded interior and advanced safety features complemented by more technology in the multimedia system.

Under the Hood

Subaru engineers equipped the 2018 Legacy with two engine choices. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder BOXER engine puts out 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Upgraded models feature the 3.6-liter six-cylinder BOXER engine with dual overhead camshafts that delivers 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque.

Both engines are mated to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission with manual mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Standard on all models is Subaru’s all-wheel-drive system, which not only provides superior cornering, but also improves traction and therefore safety on slick road surfaces.

Comfort and Convenience

New technology abound in the 2018 Legacy, starting with Apple Car Play and Android Auto for increased smartphone connectivity to the infotainment system. An 8-inch color touchscreen serves as the control point where all the multimedia comes together. Smartphone connectivity brings hands-free voice calls, mobile app integration and audio streaming. Intuitive voice commands make using the system easy, which allows drivers to keep their attention on the road.

Apps run in conjunction with the Starlink multimedia system include Magellan NAVI for cloud-based mapping, Yelp, eBird for local birdwatching locations and sightings, and RightTrack, which delivers recommendations based on driving habits.

Top-of-the-line models feature TomTom turn-by-turn navigation with three years of free map updates.

In addition to the obvious technology, behind-the-scenes upgrades add comfort. For example, the air conditioning system now cools the vehicle quicker, and the cabin is quieter overall than previous models.


Subaru has long held safety sacred, and the 2018 Legacy continues in that vein. The new steering responsive headlights enable better visibility while turning at night, an the reverse automatic braking system detects objects in the vehicle’s path and alerts the driver with an audio cue and notification on the center display screen.

A full set of airbags and three-point seat belts help protect occupants in the event of a collision, and advanced antilock disc brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution stop the vehicle quickly.

Other technologies include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist.

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