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2018 Subaru Legacy: Chicago Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2018 Subaru Legacy represents a midgeneration update for this midsize sedan. Styling changes to the nose and tail are matched by tweaks to the cabin that include a redesigned center console with a standard display that grows from 6.2 to 6.5 inches. The infotainment system is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The dashboard houses a new clock and Subaru says the air conditioning has also been improved to work faster.

Subaru’s engineers have made the suspension smoother and carried out tweaks to the engine and transmission — as well as given some attention to sound insulation — to make driving the Legacy a more tranquil experience. The rearview camera, standard throughout the range, now has dynamic guidelines. Options include an 8-inch touchscreen and headlights that move in harmony with the steering.

Engine-wise, there are no changes. The basic engine remains a 175-hp/2.5-liter flat 4-cylinder (Subaru’s hallmark configuration), while the more premium alternative is a 256-hp/3.6-liter flat 6-cylinder.

How Much?

To be announced. The current Legacy range starts at around $23,000.

When Can You Get It?

The 2018 Subaru Legacy goes on sale summer 2017.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

It’s the only mainstream midsize sedan to come with standard all-wheel drive.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 Chevrolet Malibu — Good enough to have made the transition from rental-car stalwart to people actually wanting to buy one.

2017 Ford Fusion — A star of the segment, with talent in many areas. Upgraded for 2017.

2017 Honda Accord — One of the absolute best in class. Well thought out and well executed.

2017 Hyundai Sonata — Lots of space and equipment for the money.

2017 Kia Optima — Cousin to the Sonata. Arguably more stylish.

2017 Mazda6 — Less common on American streets yet deserving of higher accolades than many bigger sellers, from both driving and quality points of view.

2017 Toyota Camry — Bear in mind a new generation is due later this year as a 2018 model. The Camry is a top seller because it checks so many of the right boxes.

Used Audi A4 2.0T Quattro — If Subaru’s utilitarian approach is a bit too stark for your tastes, but you still require a sedan with all-wheel drive, consider a certified pre-owned (CPO) version of the A4.

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Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More about Colin Ryan

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