Unveiled at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the 2018 Subaru Legacy receives incremental but significant changes. As with last year’s model, there are two engines available: a 2.5-liter flat-four that produces 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque and a 3.6-liter flat-six that puts out 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5 is the default engine on all variants (standard, Premium, Sport and Limited), with the 3.6 available as an option on the top Limited model. Regardless of engine, power is sent to all four wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The outside features a new fascia design with a wider grille and lower air intake, while the foglight surround now mirrors the C-shaped daytime running lamps. In back, the exhaust tip cleanly integrates into the rear fascia, which gives the Legacy a more finished look.
The interior features change as well. Premium, Sport and Limited models will have contrasting stitching and two-tone colors, and a new steering wheel has more angular buttons. Gloss black panels are surrounded by metal trim to visually separate the entertainment and climate control console from the dash. Inside the head unit is a new 6.5-inch touchscreen display, although an 8-inch unit, with a faster processor available as an option. Both units come with more built-in apps, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard. Dual built-in microphones and updated software are designed to make hands-free calls clearer and voice commands easier to execute.
Subaru also made the cabin quieter with modifications to the transmission and engine software. Revised side mirrors reduce wind noise, and sound-insulating film on the front windows and changes to the rear wheelwells further reduce exterior wind and road noise.
Subaru says that adjustments to the electric power steering and suspension result in sportier handling and a smoother ride, while the 2.5-liter engine received calibration changes to give it a smoother feel. Even the tire-pressure monitoring system has been updated to indicate pressures for each wheel.
Although pricing hasn’t been announced, we expect that information to be available closer to the Legacy’s launch date in the summer of 2017.