2018 Subaru Legacy

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Subaru Legacy highlights

Customer rating


  • All-wheel drive is included
  • Excellent outward visibility
  • Intuitive infotainment system


  • Engines aren't as powerful as in rivals
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Not as enjoyable to drive

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 28 highway, 23 combined

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The Subaru Legacy receives style and equipment upgrades for 2018

When this sixth-generation Subaru Legacy debuted in 2015, it benefited from standard all-wheel drive, a feature that is either an option or not offered at all on its midsize sedan rivals. Despite this advantage, especially for snowbound shoppers, the Legacy struggled to challenge more conventional sedans.

For 2018, the Legacy looks to improve its standing with reworked front and rear styling, improved interior materials, and a larger infotainment display. Underneath, Subaru also retuned the Legacy for enhanced comfort and performance.

These updates help improve the Legacy's appeal, but its core market still resides in regions where snow and rain are common, thanks to the added traction and assurance that comes with all-wheel drive. For those who can get away with front-wheel drive, top sedans such as the Honda Accord, Kia Optima, and Mazda6 may be better choices, as they deliver more power, more refined interiors, and a better driving experience.

All Subaru Legacy years

What is new for the 2018 Subaru Legacy?

  • Legacy trims have been upgraded with Parking Sensors, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Spoiler and 8508 features are now available as options on select trims.

2018 Subaru Legacy trims

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2.5I Premium:


  • Includes all features available on the 2.5I Premium
  • Sunroofs
  • Smart Key

2.5I Limited:

3.6R Limited:

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Subaru Legacy

What We Like

Standard all-wheel drive: The 2018 Subaru Legacy is the only sedan in its class that includes all-wheel drive as standard equipment. That makes it an excellent choice for those in wet or snowy regions since it greatly improves traction and stability on slick roads. By comparison, few sedans offer all-wheel drive as an option and those that do are typically much more expensive.

Plenty of driver-assist features: The Legacy is equipped with Subaru's EyeSight® advanced driver-assist technology features as a standard across the lineup. This package includes frontal collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assistance. In addition, the Sport trim comes with blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning systems, and options for automatic reverse braking and automatic high beams are available.

Great visibility: Many other sedans in the class are hampered by limited visibility due to thick roof pillars that block the view. However, the Subaru Legacy ingeniously designs its structure and components to minimize these obstructions, resulting in a clearer view. Not only is that safer, but the better view also makes the interior feel more spacious and airy.

What Needs Improvement

Weak performance: The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the Legacy only generates 175 horsepower, which is noticeably weak when compared to its competitors. It takes 9.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, a slow performance for its class. Upgrading to the 3.6-liter V6 increases the output to 256 hp, but it still lags behind other vehicles with similar engine upgrades.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Subaru Legacy an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Subaru Legacy 12th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Subaru Legacy features and specs

3.6R Limited 4WD/AWD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • 8508
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Start

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Leg room

F 42.9"/R 38.1"

Head room

F 37.6"/R 37"

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