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Great car with one glitch
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By Steve G
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2018 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT)


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Love the car. The handling, comfort and safety are the best. However, occasionally the 8 inch screen has an issue. It will go blank and none of the controls will bring it back (including the ones on the steering wheel). The only fix is to reboot (turn the car off and wait a minute or so). Fortunately, it does not appear to have an impact on the cars drive ability or safety. Since it happens just occasionally not a big issue. I'am sure if I took it to the dealer it would not happen. I suspect a computer update during a service visit will fix the issue. One more thing. Sure wish it had a front parking assist similar to one it has when backing up.
Update: Glitch fixed at 6 month maintenance visit (free).


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Get the 3.6r!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By George
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2018 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT)


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Three words: engine, engine, engine! My 2015 Outback was a refined and capable truck that was let down by its asthmatic 4-pot. It was loud, slow, unresponsive, barely drivable in the winter before the engine warmed up, burnt/leaked half its expensive synthetic oil every 3000 miles and had a cylinder knock at around 2500 rpm. Junk!

The six-cylinder engine transforms the car into a luxury experience. Honestly it drives like a Lexus or Audi in the limited trim. It feels twice as fast and twice and responsive as the 2.5 legacy/outback (better transmission with the 3.6), and all the while the engine is whisper quiet at cruise and around town. When you do goose it, you get a nice low-end burble from the boxer H6 engine where any v6 would sound coarse and raspy. This engine is Subaru’s best kept secret in my opinion, one of the last delicious holdovers from the company's pre-recession push to be Japan's BMW and make crazy performance trims of their family cars. It will be sad day when they discontinue it and stick their loud, laggy “two-point-O-tee” engine from the Ascent in the next generation.

Apart from the 3.6 engine there are many other reasons this Subaru is the best-kept secret of the midsize sedan market. First, it’s a slow seller for a company used to chronic supply shortages, so dealers are willing to let these go cheap to score more SUV allotments from the factory. Second, the full time all-wheel-drive is a godsend even if you never go off road or in snow. I have never screeched the front tires…ever…even when flooring it to make fast left turns across oncoming traffic; this car takes fast corners and abrupt maneuvers like it’s on rails. The all-wheel-drive also gives the car criminally smooth acceleration. I’ve driven much more expensive cars whose designers need to sit in this sedan and take notes because it advances from a standstill like a magic carpet. Drive this and then drive the v6 Camry/Accord/etc. and they will feel like porpoising wrecks that want to torque-steer you into a bush. Third, the Legacy has the best midsize-sedan interior and certainly the best Subaru interior. The designers took a page from the Volkswagen playbook and created a clean, symmetrical, timeless aesthetic out of materials that feel solid and don’t rattle/creak, all without copying VW’s tiny infotainment screen and bad UI. The front seats are comfortable enough for road trips yet easy to shift around in when navigating busy cities. The back seat headroom is admittedly not the best, but people under about 6’2” will be fine and Subaru makes up for it with tons of legroom, heated rear seats and rear USB charging ports. The doors are also well laid out for taller people like me, even with the seat back almost all the way the B pillar is never an obstruction to entry, nor does it impact the rear passengers like in other cars.

Complaints? Apart from personal preferences there are just a few niggles that everyone will find annoying. First and foremost is the music auto-play, the radio starts blasting every time you turn the car on OR off without setting the volume at zero. This is a feature in all new Subarus that nobody I have talked to likes and it should be axed accordingly. Second, even the closest setting on the adaptive cruise control leaves a gaping chasm of space, which every manic rhode island driver proceeds to fling his or her Nissan Maxima into without warning and make my car hit its own brakes to make room for the next guy. Third, in a similar vein, the warning lights and correlated bings and chimes are a hazard because they come on prematurely and usually mean nothing. Let some air out of the tires because the dealer inflated them way over the recommended psi? Tire warning light. It’s cold outside? Cold weather warning light (not kidding). Quarter tank of gas left? Fuel warning light. I actually ran the car out of gas once partly because I was an idiot, but also because the warning light usually means nothing and is ignored accordingly.

These are small grievances though in a fantastic sedan that I will buy again in a heartbeat if given a chance. H6 engine or not, I hope Subaru doesn’t follow Ford off a cliff and kill off the Legacy because of the current crossover fad. Even if it isn’t as popular as the Outback, the Legacy is an important brand ambassador because it makes a compelling feature and value proposition to midsize-sedan shoppers who would not otherwise consider buying a Subaru.


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Like my old Camry, but with all-wheel-drive
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Geoff R.
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2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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I just purchased a 2018 Legacy 2.5 Limited with Eyesight, Navigation, LED steering responsive headlights, and exterior dimming mirrors, and I love it already. It reminds me of a 2012 Camry I used to have, but has a better ride and improved safety features. So far it has been comfortable, quiet and smooth. Visibility is very good all around, and I find the engine power to be more than adequate. Braking is sure and steady. The safety features are helpful yet unobtrusive, and the interior is very well made. I thought that the front seats could use a smidge more thigh support, but I think they're pretty good nevertheless. Most people should be able to find a good seating position using the 10-way power adjustable seats. Phone, navigation and other entertainment features seem to work well, and the controls are good. The handling is slightly better than my Camry, and the steering feel is fine. Storage is excellent, with numerous cup holders, and the scissor trunk hinges allow additional room and access. This is no sports sedan, but I think it will be a comfortable and reliable car for years to come.


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Great updated Legacy
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Sebbie
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2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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After my wife's 3 Outbacks, I picked the Legacy as our 4th Subaru, Premium with EyeSight package. It's no frills car for my work appointments. It has the same smooth purring car engine vibration which I love and the drive is very comfortable and roomy for a family with kids. Buy something else if you want a sports car and don't complain about the acceleration, it's totally fine for passing and getting on the highway. I can't wait to drive it in the snow.


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Underwhelming
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By Joshua Lohman
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2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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It’s sexy but slow, used to own a 07 WRX and loved that though.


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