Has Subaru Lost The Plot For 2018 Legacy?

Nicer materials and a much-updated infotainment system should yield big improvements.                  Subaru

The current Legacy has been falling behind the pecking order due to rival vehicles having more to offer hence Subaru has chose to give their midsized auto an early refresh.

While Subaru USA has also confirmed that the model there will benefit from some tweaks to the CVT automatic transmission which they say provide more responsive and smoother acceleration.

The sportier front fascia is dominated by a wider grille, now with the new Subaru wing element and redesigned slats.

The Subaru Legacy 2018 now sports a redesigned C-shaped headlights and featuring the "Konoji" daytime LED running lights. Two new exterior colors - Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl - and two new wheel designs lend a hand in the sportier appearance. Also available is a Safety Plus & Security Plus Package with stolen vehicle recovery, vehicle security alarm notification, and remote locking, horn, lights and vehicle locator.The new Legacy lineup also offers the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite.

Subaru combed through the Legacy's chassis in an effort to improve comfort and drivability. Retuned dampers reduce the initial impact of bumps while also reducing body roll through turns.

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Aside that, Subaru has re-engineered its suspension, brakes and electronic power steering for this latest Legacy. The Legacy 2.5i, available in standard, Premium and Sport trims, features a 175 hp, 2.5-liter boxer engine, while the Legacy 3.6R keeps the 256 hp, 3.6-liter boxer engine. There's also added sound-insulating inner film glass for the front side windows making the front seat area quieter, and thicker rear wheel well aprons reduce rear seat ambient noise.

With its interior and exterior improvements, you'll look good and feel comfortable behind the wheel of the 2018 Subaru Legacy.

Subaru overhauled the multimedia system, which has larger displays (6.5 inches standard, 8 inches optional) versus last year's 6.2- and 7-inch screens. For rear passengers with devices to charge, two additional USB sockets are in the back of the center console.

"The standard STARLINK 6.5" Multimedia system is an upgrade from the previous STARLINK 6.2" system and offers quicker performance. Notably, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard. The system is also compatible with multiple languages. The Limited trim is available with either engine.

Moving inside, top-of-the-range models get real contrast stitching on the door panels, seats and dashboard. For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus Package adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.