2018 Subaru Legacy Sedan in Brunswick OH

2018 Subaru
Legacy Sedan

Starting at: $22,195

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 6.5"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 175hp @ 5,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 174 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 94.0mm x 89.9mm (3.70" x 3.54")
  • Compression ratio - 10.30 to 1
  • GVWR - 2,050kg (4,519lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,796mm (188.8")
  • Exterior body width - 1,839mm (72.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,499mm (59.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,751mm (108.3")
  • Turning radius - 5.6m (18.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,090mm (42.9")
  • Rear legroom - 968mm (38.1")
  • Front headroom - 1,016mm (40.0")
  • Rear headroom - 940mm (37.0")
  • Front hiproom - 1,410mm (55.5")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,397mm (55.0")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,476mm (58.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,455mm (57.3")
  • Passenger volume - 2,962L (104.6 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 425 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 425 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.5
  • Cylinder configuration - H-4
  • Horsepower - 175hp @ 5,800RPM
  • Torque - 174 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - continuously variable automatic
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - all-wheel drive
  • Fuel economy combined - 29mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 25mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 34mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 225/55VR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/55VR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2.5i 2018 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5i Search New $22,195   175-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  25 / 34  
2.5i Premium 2018 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5i Premium Search New $24,295   175-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  25 / 34  
2.5i Sport with Starlink 2018 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5i Sport with Starlink Search New $26,345   175-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  25 / 34  
2.5i Limited with Starlink 2018 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5i Limited with Starlink Search New $29,095   175-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  25 / 34  
3.6R Limited 2018 Subaru Legacy Sedan 3.6R Limited Search New $31,945   256-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  20 / 28  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Besides Subaru, only Porsche uses the horizontally opposed engine design, and Subaru has been doing it for 50 years. With the cylinders in a horizontal position the engine is more compact, and fits lower in the chassis, for a lower center of gravity and better handing. The disadvantage is fuel consumption, because the package, also called boxer or flat, is a bit more complex than an inline or vee layout.

The 2.5-liter flat-four makes 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.6-liter boxer-six makes 256 hp and 247 lb-ft. The smaller engine gasps for power, and the torque in the bigger engine isn’t fully available at a low rpm range, so it accelerates at a leisurely pace.

Our best solution is to go with the 2.5-liter engine and work the paddle shifters of the smooth and tight CVT that feels like a six-speed automatic. But it still takes at least a couple downshift clicks to make the acceleration interesting. Unfortunately, unlike with the Forester or Outback, Subaru doesn’t offer its SI-Drive in the Legacy to punch up the throttle response, a give the CVT eight steps.

We like the feel of the electric power steering, which increases its weight as you turn. The Legacy tracks well, drives easy, and unwinds smartly from tight corners.

Walk Around

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The hexagonal grille opening is wider and lower, and the new C-shaped headlamps give the nose some style and maybe elegance that it previously lacked. The headlamps integrate distinctive Konoji daytime LED running lights. A new bumper complements the grille with a wing-like element. Subaru says the headlamps and parking lights and fresh horizontal lines that extend from the grille suggest the piston motion of the horizontally opposed boxer engine.

Which leads us to wonder: Did a designer say, “Hey, let’s design a grille that looks like the motion of the pistons!” Or did he look at the finished grille and say, “Hey, that looks like the motion of the pistons!”

The sheetmetal is conservative and subtle. It’s only daring at the steeply raked windshield and the mildly sculpted fenders and lower bodywork. You can’t see the aluminum hood, but it’s nice to know it’s there, and it saves weight.

From the back, the stance looks more planted, although the width is unchanged. A new tailpipe design is integrated into the lower rear fascia.

Other 2018 details include new high-contrast wheel designs and two rich new exterior colors: Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl.

Interior Overview

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The improved infotainment system, which Subaru calls Starlink, features a new interface on a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen (8.0-inch available), with icons that are easier to read. We’re impressed. The internet radio streaming includes over-the-air updates, and on some models there are cloud-based apps.

Starlink enables easy swiping, scrolling, and connectivity to Apple CarPlay. However some icons are hard to find, such as the band in a corner of the audio display.

The Legacy is roomy and well appointed, with metallic or wood trim. The instrument panel is clean, the gauges lit in cool blue, the knobs and switches metallic, the vents stacked near the top of the dash. The packaging is good, with big cupholders and a shallow covered bin containing a power outlet and two USB chargers. The console can hold an iPad.

The optional leather is excellent, but the bolstering in the seats is maybe only a bit better than average. The Nissan Altima front seats are way better (but not the rears). Legacy beats the Ford Fusion in the rear, where the legroom is a respectable 38.1 inches, same as the Malibu with its three-inch longer wheelbase, but a bit less than the Accord, Camry, and Passat. The Legacy’s rear seat splits 60/40 and folds, something that can’t be said about the base Accord.

With the rear seat down, there’s a cutout that expands the trunk’s 15.0 cubic feet. The trunk lid itself is wide and square, making it easy to load big things.

Thanks to an acoustic windshield, thicker windows, more insulation in the floor, and liquid-filled engine mounts, the Legacy’s cabin is very quiet, and the visibility is great, thanks to slim roof pillars.

Summary

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The Legacy remains a whole lot of car for just over $22k. The four-cylinder engine is a better value. Strengths for that price include superb all-wheel drive, fuel mileage, interior room, likeable paddle-shifting CVT, and safety. Acceleration could be better, but we’ll take it for what it is.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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The 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i ($22,195) comes with cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, rearview camera, 6.5-inch touchscreen with infotainment and internet streaming, Bluetooth, USB ports.

Legacy Premium ($24,295) adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, keyless ignition, an 8.0-inch infotainment system, heated front seats, upgraded six-speaker audio system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control. Options for the Premium trim level include Subaru’s active safety suite, dubbed EyeSight, moonroof, and navigation.

Legacy Sport ($26,345) has 18-inch wheels, moonroof, two-tone cloth upholstery with accent stitching, carbon fiber touches on the dashboard, and LED foglamps.

Legacy 3.6R Limited ($31,945) features the six-cylinder engine and a revised suspension, with leather upholstery, power-adjustable passenger seat, Harman Kardon premium audio, blind-spot monitors, and LED headlights.

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