The 2018 Subaru Legacy warrants a look from midsize sedan shoppers due to its standard all-wheel-drive system, fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, large interior and cargo volume, and excellent standard technology package. It's available with one of two engines: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (175 hp, 174 lb-ft) or 3.6-liter six-cylinder (256 hp, 247 lb-ft).
The base Legacy trim level is perfect for buyers who want the basics but either don't want or need amenities such as heated seats or automatic climate control. It rides on 17-inch wheels and features cruise control and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen that enables you to connect your smartphone with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
If you want heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control, you'll have to step up to the Legacy 2.5i Premium. The heated seats are part of an All-Weather package that also includes heated side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer. You also get 17-inch alloy wheels, a power driver seat and a larger 8-inch infotainment display.
The 2.5i Sport rides on larger 18-inch wheels, satin chrome-finished side mirror caps, a trunk spoiler, and blue interior stitching on the steering wheel, dash and seating areas. It also comes with a sunroof, a black-painted grille, and chrome accents on the rocker panels and foglights.
With the 2.5i Limited, you'll also get a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, blind-spot monitoring and perforated leather upholstery. The 3.6R Limited is essentially the same, but it adds the six-cylinder engine, adaptive LED headlights and dual exhaust outlets.
Premium, Sport and Limited models can be equipped with Subaru's EyeSight system. With two cameras, EyeSight is a suite of driver assistance systems that includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane keeping assist and lane departure warning.
All combined, the Legacy occupies a special place in the market. It's a midsize family sedan that competes with more popular front-wheel-drive sedans, but it features all-wheel drive for better traction in inclement weather. It also gets good fuel economy and has excellent smartphone integration and safety technology. Let Edmunds help you find and spec your perfect Subaru Legacy.
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