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2010 Subaru Legacy vs. Its Competition

 
2010 Subaru Legacy
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Subaru has targeted the Mazda6, Altima, and Passat as the new Legacy's primary rivals.

In all three cases, these cars have a little more personality and more driving enjoyment than some of the other mid-size rivals like the Camry or Malibu.

With the CVT, the base 2.5i model gets better fuel economy with all-wheel drive than front-wheel-drive competitors.

TheCarConnection.com loves the new Mazda6's roomy interior and agile handling, but its interior isn't as well executed as in the Legacy.

The Volkswagen Passat doesn't feel as roomy in back, and its turbocharged base engine requires premium fuel, while the base engine or six in the Legacy are fine with regular.

The Nissan Altima also has a smaller backseat; it has a sporty feel and handles well, but it's only offered with front-wheel drive.

Its interior is also somewhat drab on base models.

The Honda Accord is a paragon of mid-size sedan refinement, with a beautiful interior and responsive and fuel-efficient powertrains, but like most of these mid-size sedans, it's not offered with all-wheel drive.

The Camry retains one of the roomiest interiors, but it's not especially entertaining to drive and its interior materials are a step below those in most of these other models.

The Ford Fusion offers all-wheel drive only on a more expensive V-6 model, so if you're on a budget or want better fuel economy, the Legacy is an especially attractive value.

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Subaru is finally taking its all-wheel-drive message into the mid-size sedan mainstream, and it’s done so almost flawlessly with the 2010 Legacy.
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The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
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The 2009 Mazda6 could easily steal sales from the traditional class leaders if non-gearheads discover it.
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The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan.
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Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
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The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Gas Mileage     
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Engine     
Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
4-Door Sedan H4 Manual4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
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All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
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