Can You Spot The Changes On The Facelifted 2018 Subaru Legacy?

Subaru is returning to the Chicago Auto Show three years after it presented the sixth generation Legacy in 2014 with the facelifted model.

The 2018 Legacy comes with styling tweaks – though you’ll be hard pressed to notice them at first, unless you’re a fan of the brand, together with improvements to the chassis and new comfort and technology features.

Looking at the updated Legacy from the front, you’ll find a broader front grille with a chrome wing element, new headlamp clusters with daytime LED running lights, and a restyled bumper with wider and lower air intake, while at the back, there’s a new rear bumper design that includes integrated tailpipes. Subaru also added new wheel designs and two new colors named Magnetite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Pear.

Inside, Subaru brought the Legacy up to date on the tech front with an improved and faster STARLINK Multimedia system featuring bigger 6.5-inch standard and optional 8-inch screens that replace the previous 6.0 and 7.2 inch screens respectively. The system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable and adds a series of new apps, including one for…bird watchers:

  • Magellan NAVI offers advanced cloud-based mapping
  • eBird advises of local bird sightings and locations
  • Best Parking locates and compares parking rates 
  • YELP delivers crowd sourced reviews of businesses
  • Glympse provides real-time location sharing
  • RightTrack monitors driving habits and recommends improvements
  • Quick Guide is a digital reference guide for the vehicle
  • eventseeker provides information on local events

The center console surround is new as is the steering wheel, while on Premium and higher trims, Subaru used real stitching on the dash, seats and door panels, along with high-gloss black trim and silver-color bezels for various controls. Also new for 2018 are automatic locking doors, improved latch anchors for child seats, a Steering Responsive Headlight (SRH) system and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that now detects pressure changes at each tire.

While the engine range that comprises a 175hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer and a 256hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder boxer, both paired to a standard CVT, remains the same, Subaru claims to have re-tuned the suspension to enhance agility, along with improved steering and brake feel.In addition, thanks to new sound-insulating inner film glass for the front side windows and thicker rear wheel well aprons, the 2018 model is said to be quieter.

Subaru plans to release the 2018 Legacy in the US and Canada this summer.

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  • Benjamin B.

    I wish I had a pencil-thin mustache. Wow, first RAM gave its pickup trucks handlebar mustaches. Now Subaru gave its midsize sedan a pencil-thin mustache. Mustaches are cool.

    • testboi

      Fisker is the ultimate offender here.

  • Craig

    That 3.6 needs to be updated/upgraded. It should have at least 300 hp by now.

    • T_Cake

      That’s only 30hp more than my 3.0 had in 2002. Time to bump it up.

  • SteersUright

    Ugly, 256hp 3.6 was acceptable 10 years+ ago, ugly interior, marginal dynamics, cheap and flimsy feeling (like all subaru’s), etc. I do not see the appeal outside of a very cheap lease and awd. Subaru needs to step in up. Their entire lineup is a bore and shows no leadership in design, innovation, performance, or anything outside of cheap AWD cars.

    • Althea Later

      I mostly agree… but people snatch them up like crazy… so Subaru doesn’t care.
      My beef is they keep adding all these useless features like paddle shifters, but refuse to add sufficient front passenger seat adjustments, even on top trim… and they still have door locks that you have to unlock to open the door, whereas almost every car company now has switched over to doors that unlock when you pull the inside handles. I recently rented a 2017 Outback and I actually like driving my old one better! There was nothing special about the new one to make me want one. My old one is better looking and more fun to drive and it’s not bloated.

  • TheBelltower

    I generally like Subarus, but this is the most nothing car that they could have slapped together. Clearly a zero-effort attempt at a mainstream sedan.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Kind of ironic, especially when you look back to the “Mediocrity” campaign.

      • TheBelltower

        I had to look that up. Hilarious! This reminds me of the sixth generation (2004) Chevy Malibu. Chevy had taken a look at the huge success of painfully boring mainstream sedans (we all know who they are) and they decided to build their own. That car could have been used for the Mediocrity campaign. Thankfully Chevy has evolved the Malibu into a pretty decent car. It’s unfortunate and ironic that Subaru has sunken to this level. There are only two or three brands that have shown huge success at selling deliberately boring cars. And we know who they are. Subaru isn’t one of them.

      • TheBelltower

        You have to wonder if this is the conversation they had when designing this car…

  • Gerald Michael

    Still just as fugly.

  • Tumbi Mtika


    The question is, do you want me to name them?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    256 HP? That’s cute.

  • CarbonPhiber

    And as the owner of a 2015 Legacy Limited, I can verify that yes, this is a boring car to drive. The ride is good, the backseat is huge, and the AWD is great. But slow steering, sloppy handling, and a CVT are what needed to be fixed. I didn’t need more silly chrome and a busier steering wheel (really?). Oh well. At least its not a Forester. My dealer gave me one as a courtesy car. Wow- talk about automotive appliance. Spectacularly dull.

  • Althea Later

    Enough already with the fastback roofs that have the rear glass over your rear seat passenger’s heads. Car looks like it was stepped on in the back. Unless it’s a hatchback, why have a roof like that.

  • Able

    Gen 4 is still the best..

  • Blade t

    Look like an Accord

  • Wow, Subaru restyled the car to look more like an uglified version of the current Sonata.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Eh, It’s nothing spectacular but, It’s a nice facelift.

  • Akil Hodge

    Hyundai Sonata?

  • Matthijs

    2010 wants its design back…

  • Knotmyrealname

    Errmm, they’ve exchanged the rear springs for marshmallows?

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