Compare Subaru Legacy in Tilton, NH

Comparing the Subaru Legacy to the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry

The Subaru Legacy the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry are some of the top midsize sedans on the market today, and both offer great driving experiences, as well as a wealth of features that set them apart in their class.

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If you live in New England and are familiar with our rough winters, you may appreciate the fact the Subaru Legacy comes standard with all-wheel drive while the Honda Accord doesn't offer it at all, which is just one way that the Legacy gains an edge in capability. Let's see how else they stack up.

  • Space: Leg and head room are the most important areas to have extra space, and front seat passengers will find that the Legacy beats the Accord in both of these specs. For cargo room, the Accord does have the edge in terms of trunk space, but the Legacy has the widest pass-through space with rear seats folded down, which makes loading skis or hockey sticks much easier.
  • Engines and fuel economy: Only the Legacy offers the Boxer engine, whose horizontal piston alignment affords a lower center of gravity and contributes to the Legacy's remarkable traction and handling in challenging driving conditions. The Legacy also manages to compare favorably on fuel economy, as it has a greater cruising range on one tank of gas, despite having all-wheel drive, which in other cars is sometimes a drag on fuel efficiency. Finally, while the Accord does offer hybrid engine options, they are significantly more expensive than the regular gasoline motor.
  • Safety:Both models offer driver-assist features like blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist, but on the Legacy offers steering-responsive headlights that swivel as you turn the wheel, which provides better illumination around corners. This addition helped make the Legacy a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ of the IIHS, which is their highest honor. The Accord was a step below in the rankings.

The Subaru Legacy and the Toyota Camry are top stars in the midsize sedan category, and both offer car buyers a high-quality product and driving experience, but there are several differences between the two makes, including one very important one for New Hampshire residents. In short, the Subaru Legacy is the only sedan in its class to offer standard all-wheel drive, which is why so many New England drivers turn to it when looking for a car that can handle the tough road conditions we experience every winter and mud season. Many years ago, Subaru pioneered their symmetrical all-wheel drive system that is built from the ground up on every model, not bolted on as a capability on existing front-wheel drive models. How else does the Legacy compare with the Camry? Let's take a look.

  • Space: The Subaru Legacy has the cabin space, 105 cubic feet, that passengers need to stretch out and avoid cramping on longer trips while the Toyota Camry comes up a bit short, at 100 cubic feet on the inside. This extra room is best seen in the leg, head, and shoulder room for both rows. On top of that, the Legacy has a larger trunk area than the Camry, so you can more easily fit luggage, groceries, and other items.
  • Engines and fuel economy: The Legacy's Boxer engine, whose horizontal piston alignment affords a lower center of gravity and contributes to the Legacy's remarkable traction and handling in challenging driving conditions, gets amazing fuel economy (25 city/34 highway) despite having all-wheel drive, which the Camry doesn't offer. This engine also reaches peak horsepower and torque at lower engine speeds than the Camry's engine, so you don't have to redline, and potentially hurt, the engine to get its full power potential.
  • Safety: The Toyota Camry and the Subaru Legacy both received Top Safety Pick+ awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the Legacy has Subaru's highly-regarded new EyeSight driver-assist and active-safety systems. EyeSight monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you if you stray outside your lane. The Pre-Collision Braking feature can even apply full braking force in emergency situations, helping you avoid or reduce frontal impacts.



 



 

The Nissan Altima and the Subaru Legacy are two of the most popular midsize sedans on the market today, and both are excellent cars. But if you're a New Englander, you know that what matters is how well your car performs in rough weather and on treacherous roads, which drivers are sure to find during our long winter season. That's where the Legacy really stands out - with standard all-wheel drive, to ensure you can safely navigate roads and highways in any conditions.

  • Engines and fuel economy: Both cars come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but there is also the option to upgrade to a more powerful V6. The extra power will help in the winter, but the Altima doesn't offer all-wheel drive to provide more traction in icy conditions. Even with all-wheel drive, the Legacy manages to compare very favorably on fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined compared to 30 mpg combined in the Altima.
  • Space:The Subaru Legacy's 105 cubic feet of cabin space provides more comfort than the Altima's 102 cubic feet on the inside. The Altima does have the edge in terms of trunk space - 15.4 cubic feet versus 15.0 cubic feet for the Legacy - but the Legacy has the widest pass-through space with rear seats folded down.
  • Safety:The Subaru Legacy received the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which is their most prestigious award, while the Altima was a step below. The Legacy earned this award by offering Subaru's new EyeSight driver-assist and active-safety systems, which includes features like lane keep assist and pre-collision braking.

We have full inventory of new Subaru models, including the 2018 Legacy, in stock here at Belknap Subaru in Tilton, NH, which is convenient to Concord, Manchester, Laconia and Plymouth. Stop by today or call (603) 729-1300 to schedule a test drive.

Belknap Subaru

35 Tilton Road, Route 140
Directions Tilton, NH 03276

  • Sales: (855) 702-0226
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  • Parts: (603)729-1300
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