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a bigger, more upright and rugged-looking grille
more upscale with a slicker profile
wood trim around the lower dashboard is the only letdown
The 2008 Subaru Legacy has been updated with a more sophisticated shape that’s still somewhat anonymous, but pleasant nonetheless. “True, it's not a groundbreaking design, and it even bears some of the quirks that have come to characterize Subaru, such as a chunky hood scoop,” Edmunds says. “But the Legacy does possess a more metropolitan character than in generations past,” they note. Autoblog reports that "sheetmetal up front is the biggest change for [the Subaru] 2008...the Legacy gets a new, bigger, chromed-up grille; restyled bumpers front and rear with shorter overhangs; and new headlights and taillights." The rear end now has “smaller taillights [with] chrome borders," according to Cars.com. They add, “In lieu of the three-piece winged grille splayed across the Impreza sedan and B9 Tribeca SUV, the Legacy offers a more conservative, single-piece grille bisected by a winged crossbar.”
Inside, a revised instrument panel and fabrics make for a richer feel. This Subaru 2008 interior "gains a redesigned instrument panel and revised interior fabrics," according to Autoblog. The "decidedly sporty three-spoke steering wheel, metallic trim and crisp, contemporary styling" impresses 2008 Subaru reviewers at Kelley Blue Book. At Motor Trend, the artificial "wood trim that wraps around the lower dashboard and center console is the only letdown" when it comes to this Subaru 2008's interior. They "would have much preferred brushed aluminum to the fake, plasticky-looking rosewood," but then add that the 2008 Subaru Legacy's "gorgeous black-faced gauges with white numbering and red needles make it easy to forgive the other minor shortcomings." Edmunds says the style is “competitive with more expensive European marques.”
The 2008 Subaru Legacy improves its appearance with a smoother exterior and a richer-looking interior.