In what qualifies as next-level product hype, Subaru gave us a Crimson Red 2018 Legacy 2.5i Sport to drive around for a few weeks last month. After 10 months and nearly 18,000 miles on our gray 2017 model, the bright newness of the 2018 definitely seems a little brighter and shinier.
For 2018, Subaru made some styling changes to the front and rear and added new LED daytime running lights to give the Legacy a “sportier” look. The changes are not radical enough to be considered a redesign, but the tweaks are a positive change.
Under the hood the suspension and electric power steering have been retuned in an attempt to give a smoother ride and enhanced feel when driving, again in an effort to be a little sportier.
Even after a few miles I noticed the ride got quieter in the 2018—an improvement on what was already a pretty smooth and quiet ride with our 2017 long-termer. Credit goes to the redesigned side mirrors and sound-insulating glass. Nice work.
Some tech features have been upgraded or added, including reverse automatic braking, steering-sensitive headlights, and the ability to monitor the pressures for individual tires. Nice incremental upgrades.
But the real star of this refresh rodeo is the overhauled multimedia display, which takes the center of the Legacy from dated to datable.
Although serviceable, the monochrome screen in the 2017 model has been reinvigorated by adding bolder, more colorful icons for the touchscreen’s functions. You notice it right away, and it really livens up the cabin. The small touch goes a long way to making the driving experience more attractive.
Along with the aesthetic makeover, radio and media functions have been tweaked to allow for more intuitive bookmarking and use of the functions you use often.
And to the cheers of many on staff, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been added, so you don’t need to untether your phone when driving. Welcome to the club.
Also upgraded are the graphics for the maps, which now look much more contemporary.
So a little something for everyone with this refresh. Styling, safety, and the indoor beautification project could be the difference between passing on the 2017 and jumping feet first into the 2018.
Frankly, we’re a little jealous. Well played, Subaru.