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.
Despite not looking all that different, the 2020 Subaru Legacy pictured here is a brand-new sedan. And while it might not stir emotions with its design, those who look beneath the conservative sheet metal will discover a spacious interior chock full of new technology, not to mention a more robust chassis that makes the Legacy much nicer to drive.
The 2020 Legacy rides on Subaru's new global platform that also underpins the Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza and Outback. This stiffer, stronger frame forms the bones of a sedan that's about the same size as before, with a 108.3-inch wheelbase.
For those hoping the stiffer platform translates to tighter, more responsive handling, I'm sorry to say that's not the case. Tossing the Legacy Sport into curves, you'll experience some dive under braking and a bit of controlled roll at turn in. The car's road-holding abilities are just OK through bends, but pushing it moderately hard results in howls from the 18-inch Yokohama Avid GT BluEarth tires. Even with the most aggressive Sport Sharp drive mode activated, the Legacy's steering is numb off center, though weight builds progressively as you turn. The brakes boast strong initial bite at the top of the pedal stroke and are easy to modulate.
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