The 2018 Subaru Legacy is available in either 2.5i or 3.6R models, with the former available in base, Premium, Sport and Limited trims, while the 3.6R comes only in Limited configuration.
Two engines are available. In Legacy 2.5i models, the engine is a 2.5L 4-cylinder horizontally opposed "boxer" that makes 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The larger, optional engine found in the Legacy 3.6R Limited is a 3.6L 6-cylinder boxer engine capable of 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. The engine maintains at least 225 pound-feet from 2,000, to 6,000 rpm, giving the 3.6R Limited plenty of smooth power on demand. Subaru's Lineartronic continuously variable transmission is standard across the model range.
Subaru's trademark symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard on all models, and the Legacy's front MacPherson struts and double-wishbone rear suspension provide a compliant but agile ride.
The base Legacy 2.5i includes plenty of standard features, such as 17-inch steel wheels, automatic projector-beam halogen headlights, side ground effects, air conditioning, 6-way adjustable driver's seat, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a USB charging port, hill assist and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. The infotainment system provides AM/FM stereo and HD Radio functionality, with a multi-function 6.2-inch touchscreen display, smartphone integration and more.
Premium models add 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a rear-vision camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the All-Weather Package, which features heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.
Legacy Sport models come equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, satin-finish mirrors with integrated turn signals, a power sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and carbon fiber-patterned interior appointments.
Limited models in both 2.5i and 3.6R come standard with perforated leather upholstery with heated front and rear seating, 2-position memory for the 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, along with a 4-way power passenger seat. Rear-seat air conditioning vents and a premium infotainment system with 12-speaker harman/kardon audio package are also included.
Options on the Premium trim include the power sunroof, voice-activated GPS navigation and blind spot detection, while Subaru's excellent EyeSight driver assist technology is available on the Premium, Sport and Limited. It features adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking--including rear automatic braking--and lane departure warnings.
Standard safety equipment includes front seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags, intelligent dual-stage deploying front air bags, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, brake assist, an electronic parking brake with Hill Holder and a tire pressure monitoring system.
If there's a major fault with the brand-new 2020 Subaru Legacy, it's that it doesn't immediately look like a brand-new car. Even all tarted up in range-topping XT Touring guise, the new Legacy lacks the outright freshness and curb appeal of competitors like the , Mazda6 or . I mean, have you seen ?
But spend some time with the 2020 Legacy and you'll find a number of substantial improvements to an already solid competitor, in areas that really matter. From its compliant ride to its comfortable interior to its wealth of cabin tech and safety systems, this is Subaru's most competitive and well-executed Legacy by a country mile.
The new Legacy doesn't look bad, it's just sort of anonymous. But that's not to say there aren't some neat details. I like the brushed metal mirror caps on my fully loaded Touring tester, and the way the chrome strip around the side windows curves onto the side mirrors. The headlamp housings are more stylized than before, with standard LED main beams and running lights on all models. The body sides themselves are a bit plain, but the Legacy has a nice stance on its optional 18-inch wheels (17s are standard), and the rear fascia is simple and clean, with dual exhaust pipes only visible on XT (turbocharged) models.
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Subaru's brand-new Legacy looks a little anonymous, but is packed with features and tech.
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