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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Subaru Legacy vs. Honda Acord

The severity of a New England winter can put any travel plans on ice. Subaru Legacy, however, comes prepared, sporting Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, our automaker's proprietary permanent AWD system, standard. Honda Accord, on the other hand, doesn't offer the peace of mind of all-wheel traction at all, which is just a suggestion of how capable Legacy is. How else does it best the competition?

Capability: Legacy incorporates a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER engine that features a flat-four design, while Accord builds in a 192-horsepower, 1.5-liter I4, which is inline-four. As that of Legacy is horizontally versus vertically laid out, has pistons that move laterally instead of up and down, and delivers power more directly, it's better built for balance and stability. That's not to mention that Legacy is more maneuverable in small parking lots and wherever else space is at a premium, with a curb-to-curb turning radius of 36.8 feet to Accord's 38.1. Ours even features a larger fuel tank, 18.5 gallons to Honda's 14.8, making for fewer trips to the pump.

Safety: EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, a suite of active safety features, comes standard in Legacy, as does a comparable Honda Sensing system in Accord. However, whereas further options like blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert come available as soon as a step up to Legacy 2.5i Premium, you'll need to reach the midrange EX trim to get them in Accord. Plus, Legacy earns a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS, with the highest "good" headlight rating. Accord, on the other hand, gets only a TOP SAFETY PICK, with only an "acceptable" headlight rating.

Space: As Legacy has both better front head and leg room and more rear shoulder room, you can look forward to extra space to stretch out and relax for the ride where it counts.

Value: Purchasing or leasing a new Subaru Legacy is more affordable than taking the plunge on a new Honda Accord. The total cost of a base model is approximately $23,430 compared to the latter's $24,615 or so.

Subaru Legacy vs. Toyota Camry

You won't find namesakes more iconic and memorable in the mid-size car segment. Though both models might offer the whole package for many New Hampshire residents, it's Legacy that stands out. It's one of the only sedans around to offer standard all-wheel drive, our automaker's always-on symmetrical system, capable of handling both harsh New England winters and our muddy spring season. So where else does the Legacy pull ahead of Camry?

Capability: The flat-four design behind the car's standard 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER engine distinguishes itself prominently from Camry and its 203-horsepower, 2.5-lite, four-cylinder, which is in-line. Ours is positioned horizontally; its pistons move sideways instead of vertically, and it delivers direct power, making it better balanced and more stable than its Toyota counterpart. Legacy also maneuvers more deftly, with a 36.8-foot turning circle between curbs compared to Camry's 37.4 cubic feet, and its larger fuel tank, at 18.5 gallons to Toyota's 14.5 gallons, makes for fewer stops to refuel between destinations.

Safety: Legacy standardizes EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, the Subaru suite of active safety features, as does a Camry with its Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) system. Both models are also 2019 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ recipients, a high honor in the industry. However, whereas blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert options are available in step-up trims like Legacy 2.5i Premium, you'll have to invest in a package to get them in Camry LE or graduate to the midrange XLE trim to get them standard.

Space: With more passenger space overall, 104.6 cubic feet, Legacy is much roomier than Camry, which measures 100.4 cubic feet. That comprehends both better front head, leg, and shoulder room and more rear leg and shoulder room. You can even look forward to a more sizable trunk for travel essentials -- 15.0 cubic feet to Camry's 14.1.

Value: Decide to finance or lease a new Subaru Legacy, and you'll find it the more cost-effective option. Total MSRP on a base model weighs in around $23,430, while, for a base Camry, you can expect to shell out about $24,765.



Subaru Legacy vs. Nissan Altima

On the road and off the beaten path in the Granite State, dependable performance is key. You'll find it in both cars. However, when it comes to icy roads, slick and mud-strewn passes, and spots generally where many fear to tread, it's Legacy that presses forward. Symmetrical AWD comes standard for dependable navigation, along with many other edges a new Altima can't match.

Capability: Whereas Altima base models feature a 188-horsepower, 2.5-liter DIG engine with an in-line four-cylinder design, base Legacy trims incorporate a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER engine with a flat-four configuration. It's installed horizontally, versus vertically, as in Altima. Its laterally moving pistons also differ from the competition's, which move up and down. Plus, a Subaru engine delivers power more directly as a result. That means you can expect the ride to be more stable as well as better balanced overall. Bring a larger fuel tank into the mix, and you can also look forward to fewer stopovers for refueling -- that of Legacy weighs in at 18.5 gallons, versus Altima at 18.0.

Safety: Legacy features EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology standard across the board, and a blind-spot detector and rear cross-traffic alert are options in step-up trims like Legacy 2.5i Premium. Many Nisan driver-assistance features, on the other hand, are only standard in the Altima line's midrange and later. Moreover, Legacy garnered a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS. Altima received only a TOP SAFETY PICK, with an "acceptable" headlight rating.

Space: You'll find a new Legacy more accommodating than a new Altima, with 104.6 cubic feet of space for passengers and both more front head and leg room and better rear head and shoulder room. The Altima cabin measures just 100.8 cubic feet.

Value: Financing or leasing a new Subaru Legacy is the more valuable decision in the long run. Opt for a car loan or sign on that dotted lease line, and you'll find it's inexpensive, starting in base models around $23,430 total MSRP. Choose Nissan Altima, and you'll have to dole out around $24,645.

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

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