Refreshed 2018 Subaru Legacy Gets a Bunch of Little Updates

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Subaru Legacy has just been refreshed and the updated sedan will make its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

It may be tough to spot all the differences on the 2018 Subaru Legacy, but the Japanese automaker assures us they’re there. The front and rear ends have been revised for a sportier appearance, while the interior has been upgraded with more premium materials. Engineers have also focused on making the Legacy’s ride smoother and quieter, further boosting its appeal as the roomiest sedan in the midsize segment.

Heading to dealers this summer, the 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i model comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 175 horsepower. Those wanting more performance can opt for the Legacy 3.6R, boasting a 3.6-liter six-cylinder Boxer engine with 256 hp. Both engines come standard paired to a Lineartronic CVT with manual mode and paddle shifters. Subaru says a retuned ECU on the 2018 model provides the CVT with more responsive and smoother acceleration. Also standard on all trims is Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring.

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New driver-assist features include available Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH). Available in conjunction with LED headlights, SRH aims the lights into turns as the driver steers. Limited models with EyeSight will also utilize the systems’ cameras for High Beam Assist, automatically turning the high beams on and off depending on traffic conditions.

The sedan also gains the automaker’s latest Subaru Starlink Multimedia system with Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. The standard 6.5-inch system is an upgraded from the previous 6.2-inch system, offering quicker performance to go with the larger screen. Available as an option is an eight-inch display with a faster CPU to greatly increase startup speed, resulting in a more smartphone-like operation.

Pricing for the 2018 Subaru Legacy is expected to be announced closer to its arrival at dealerships.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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