With eight different versions available, the Subaru Legacy truly has something for just about every consumer. The automaker continues to market its extensive all-wheel drive offerings; all models in the Legacy feature all-wheel drive and handle well in virtually all weather conditions. The Legacy comes in two body styles: sedan and wagon. The Outback wagon is promoted as the first sport utility wagon to hit the market.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Subaru Legacy Brighton, Subaru Legacy L wagon, Subaru Legacy Outback, Subaru Legacy GT wagon, Subaru Legacy Outback Limited, Subaru Legacy L sedan, Subaru Legacy GT sedan, Subaru Legacy GT Limited sedan
All 1998 Subaru Legacy models except the Outback receive the same grille and halogen multi-reflector lights previously only available on the GT. The Outback gets an overhead console and alloy wheels this year as well as a weatherband radio. All Limited Outbacks manufactured in the last half of the year are deemed 30th Anniversary Editions, and sport updated trim and a dual power moonroof, as well as a standard CD player. The 1998 cold weather package loses its engine block heater and gains heated windshield wiper nozzles. A less popular change is a 50 percent reduction in wattage in the stereo of the Brighton wagon. Subaru also continues across the board use of full power airbags, even as government rules give automobile manufacturers the choice of installing reduced force airbags.
The 1998 Subaru Legacy's distinctive styling may play a large role in the loyal customer base that Subaru enjoys. The Legacy is available in two basic body styles: a four-door sedan and a four-door wagon. From there, the choices are myriad. Tinted glass is standard on all trim levels, and both the Outback and Outback Limited feature two-tone paint. All of the GTs comes with a standard rear spoiler, which is also available as an option on the Outback Limited. Wheel sizes range from 14-inch on the Brighton, L wagon and L sedan, to 15-inch on the Outback and Outback Limited, and 16-inch on the GT selections. Ground effects are standard on the GT wagon, GT sedan, and GT Limited sedan. Alloy wheels are standard on the Outback, Outback Limited, GT wagon and both GT sedans, and are optional on all other trim levels. Spoke wheels are an option on the Brighton, L wagon, and L sedan.
The 1998 Subaru Legacy offers a wide range of interior amenities, many of which are offered as standard features. All selections have air-conditioning and a tilt steering wheel. All have an AM/FM/Cassette radio with the exception of the GT Limited sedan, which has a CD stereo and CH changer, which is available as an upgrade at all other levels. Cloth bucket seating is standard except for the Outback Limited and GT Limited, which have leather seating. Leather is an option on all other trim levels except for the Brighton. A power moonroof comes standard in all of the GT levels and is an option in the Outback Limited.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Subaru Legacy line features Subaru’s boxer engine, a design in which the engine is positioned inline with the car’s transmission. The result is a lower center of gravity as compared with the offset engines found in most other vehicles. Vibrations during operation are minimized because the engine is balanced; pistons are counterbalanced by its position opposite each other. All models in the Legacy line are responsive and fun to drive. The 2.5-liter engine in the GT and Outback models has a 165-horsepower flat-four for great acceleration, especially when paired with the manual transmission.
The 1998 Subaru Legacy offers a wide range of safety features including standard driver and passenger front airbags in all models. Rear window defrost and intermittent windshield wipers are also standard across the line. Fog lights are standard on the Outback and GT versions and are offered as options on all others. Cruise control is standard on all trim levels except the Brighton, where it is an option. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Legacy four out of five stars for both front driver and front passenger protection, as well as four stars in the category of side driver protection. The Legacy experienced a recall of the electrical system; it was alleged that the alternator failed while driving, causing the engine to stop and the entire electrical system to shut down during vehicle operation.
EPA Fuel Economy
Subaru Legacy Brighton: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Subaru Legacy L sedan four-speed: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Subaru Legacy L sedan five-speed: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Subaru Legacy GT sedan: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Legacy GT Limited: 18/24 mpg city/highway
Subaru Legacy L wagon: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Subaru Legacy Outback five-speed: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Legacy Outback four-speed: 18/24 mpg city/highway
- Great handling in all weather conditions
- Boxer engine has plenty of push
You Won't Like
- Cup holder is in awkward location
- Seats can be uncomfortable on long drives
- Anti-lock brakes are not available on the Brighton
This car will definitely leave a legacy.
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