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Monday, March 6, 2017

2018 Subaru Legacy Preview

For Subaru’s 2018 update, the name Legacy is especially apt because this family sedan carries on without any major eye-opening changes. The 2018 update does bring small alterations to both exterior and interior appearance, claimed improvements in refinement, added technology, and bolstered safety content. The Legacy finally now has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But this Subie is still a familiar character.
The model lineup remains the same: The 2.5i packs a 175-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, while the 3.6R has a 256-hp 3.6-liter flat-six. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with a manual mode and paddle shifters to toggle through simulated gears remains the only transmission option, and the engine’s computer brain has been retuned to provide quicker and smoother throttle response. Of course, all-wheel drive with torque vectoring is standard on every Legacy. The 2.5i is available in base, Premium, Sport, and Limited trims, while the 3.6R comes as the top-spec Limited only.
2018 Subaru Legacy Preview

Exterior Features
Look closely and you’ll be able to spot the minor styling changes that accompany the Legacy into 2018. Up front, the bumper, grille, and headlights are new, while around back the bumper, taillights, and exhaust outlet are revised. Subaru says that new wheel designs are on deck for 2018, along with standard welcome lighting and reshaped side mirrors, which on upper trim levels include LED turn signal indicators.

Interior Features
Subaru says it has taken several steps to make the 2018 Legacy’s interior quieter, and the cabin benefits from improved materials, revised trim and accents, upscale detailing, rearranged center console, and a new steering wheel.

Technology
The latest versions of Subaru’s Starlink infotainment systems debut in the 2018 Legacy. They boast faster start-up and response time, smartphone-projection technology supporting Apple and Android devices, improved voice recognition, and the ability to update the technology via Wi-Fi.
The standard version of Starlink features a 6.5-in. display screen. The upgrade version has an 8-in. display screen, a new Tom Tom navigation system, and an expanded menu of Starlink applications. New apps include Yelp, Glympse, and Best Parking. A Magellan navigation app is also available, as well as eBird (for local bird sightings and locations). A Right Track app monitors your driving habits and recommends improvements.



Fast Facts:
  • Freshened midsize family sedan
  • Revised front and rear styling
  • Upgraded interior materials, additional standard equipment
  • Quieter cabin with new Starlink infotainment systems
  • Modified transmission, steering, suspension, and braking systems
  • Enhanced driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies
  • One new interior color and two new paint colors
  • On sale in summer of 2017
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