Subaru has targeted the Mazda6, Altima, and Volkswagen Passat as the new Legacy's primary rivals—though the Passat is bowing out for 2011, to be replaced by a larger, more Americanized (and American-built) version for 2012.
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 same is true of the Fusion, though this Ford is an especially nice handler.
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.
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|18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Flat 4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan H4 Man 2.5i||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door I4 Man LX||4-Door Sedan Man i Sport||4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5||4-Door Sedan I4 Man (Natl)|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Continuously Variable||Manual w/OD|