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2018 Subaru Legacy Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2018 Subaru Legacy

The Legacy is a pretty phenomenal product from Subaru. At the time Subaru launched this car, they had not done much research on its design and performance. They just simply replaced the old Granada and brought in the Legacy with nominal changes. Ahead of that, the Legacy is even one of the most produced car from Subaru. As of a recent survey, almost 4 million copies of Subaru have been sold worldwide.

Well, the Legacy first came out in 1989 and led its way a successful heir of Granada. The Granada was actually a model from Ford that was rebadged and sold by Subaru between 1977 and 1985. The first generation of Subaru had a similar structure and drivetrain. But soon as the Legacy entered its second generation, the whole structure was changed.

Every generation of this car has earned a decent fame for Subaru. And obviously, all of them earned some decent revenue for the company as well. This attracted Subaru to bring out an SUV model for this car. And it was titled as the Legacy Outback. Luck was there for the Outback as it even earned a lot of fame and made space in the market quite quickly. Well, this forced Subaru to make Outback as a separate entity.

Up till now, Legacy has gone through six generation. The latest one initialized in 2014 after its introduction at the Chicago Auto Show. During these years, the sixth generation legacy has received some necessary upgrades and improvements. And this is what made Legacy more prominent in the market.

Well, the Legacy begins from $22,545. The Premium, Sport, and Limited are the next in line models. While the 3.6R Limited is the finest trim level starting from $31,545.


2.0 – 3.6 L6 – speed manual

5 – speed automatic


148 – 296 hp155 – 260 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
6.4s137 mphSedan25 city/ 34 highway


Hood of 2018 Subaru Legacy

The Legacy seemed pretty much powerful with a six pack engine available in the slot. But when we went out for the test, our estimates started deceiving us. The Legacy felt underpowered and exhaustive. Well, the noise reduction is a nice improvement. But the horses even need some feed to perform well.

There are plenty of powering options available for this car. And all-wheel-drive is the only configuration available for this car. Well, that is indeed a plus point here.

The North American variants include the 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine as the base variant. That is set on 4 models available in this market. Well, the powertrain is rated at 175 hp of power and 170 lb-ft of torque. In addition to that, the 3.6 L inline-6 cylinder engine brings in some power. It is rated at 256 hp of power producing 247 lb-ft of torque. While the performance is quite lethargic. Further, the North American models are patched up with the Lineartronic continuous variable transmission.

Well, the rest of the world gets 4 more powering options.  The 2.0 4-cylinder takes the opening position with 148 horses in-house. The turbo models nearly double up the number of horses making 296 hp of power. The very next gas variant comes with 2.5 L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine making 265 hp of power. Well, that is more than the six-pack version we get in the North American market.

The only diesel version is offered with the 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine. This is even another sober underpowered variant with a modest power rating. The diesel configuration is available with 148 hp of power at 258 lb-ft of torque.


2018 Subaru Legacy Exterior

The odds gonna take much advantage from the exterior designing of Legacy. It seems like Subaru has plans to improve the designing of this car for the seventh generation. While the present structure is pretty out fashioned.

Though LED DRL and the projector lamps are there. But the curves date as old as the start of this millennium. Well, the alloy wheels are standard and a tiny unseeing spoiler is sitting on the trunk. Further, the shark fin is sitting on the roof to catch you the radio signals.

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Interior of 2018 Subaru Legacy

The Legacy has received some essential improvements for the present model. The interior seemed dated and outcast in the previous versions. While for this time, some decent inclusions have enhanced the comfort level. Though it is already quite comfortable. But it lacks some of the necessities that its competitors have.

Well, the leather seats, with extensive color options are available for this car. Further, the accent houses premium material on top models. But the appointment is pretty much still the old-school. While the spacing is fine in this car. A group of 4 is preferable rather than 5 people. And the boot is good enough for long journey’s luggage.

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Features of 2018 Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy comes with the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It is a bit bigger than what was offered before. In addition to that, the Android Auto and the Apple CarPlay have been set the standard for this car. Further, the system features the multimedia and radio options as standard. While the navigation package remains optional. The voice control system is also available for this car. Some basic features included are the telephony, smartphone connectivity and the Bluetooth streaming.

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2018 Subaru Legacy Safety

The Legacy gets some finest safety features. The passive safety is much like an enhanced version of the equipment used in other Subaru cars. While the active safety plans are priced pretty economical. Along with that, the package includes some best hand-picked features such as the vehicle diagnostics, collision notification system and much more. While the security essentials make things a lot much easier for you in case you lose your car to a thief or a burglar.

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Kia Optima

The Subaru brags to compete Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and some others. While we consider the Kia Optima as its closest competitor based on the market record. Along with market response, their mechanical specs, interior atmosphere and exterior designing are pretty competitive with each other. While the Optima takes the highest rank based on its enthusiastic performance and sporty designing.

The Legacy is indeed a fine car if you are in search of an entry level executive ride. On top of that, its decent pricing makes it stand among the best.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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