2014 Subaru Legacy vs. Its Competition

2014 Subaru Legacy
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

While the 2014 Subaru Legacy sits squarely in the mid-size sedan segment, its sporty nature, standard all-wheel drive, and practical appeal put it up against the livelier end of the range, including the Ford Fusion, Mazda 6, and Volkswagen Passat.

The all-new Mazda 6 is a stylish, impressive, and fuel-efficient vehicle, while the Passat has moved toward the mainstream in its latest model.

Both of those cars will offer a diesel engine that beats the Legacy's fuel-economy ratings, but neither has all-wheel drive, even as an option.

That applies to the mainstream Toyota Camry and Honda Accord as well.

With an all-new Accord, Altima, and Fusion last year, and a new Camry in 2012, the Legacy is now one of the oldest cars in the segment.

The only all-wheel-drive competitor is a high-end Ford Fusion, requiring its most powerful four-cylinder engine, but that combination gets pricey fast.

The Legacy remains a better value, if perhaps a somewhat staid one by this year's standards.

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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2014 Subaru Legacy continues to represent a good value as a sporty, affordable, all-wheel-drive sedan that's fun to drive--as long as you're not looking for the latest gadgets and gimmicks.
9.0
The 2014 Ford Fusion has stunning good looks, satisfying performance, and top-notch safety and fuel economy--all without skimping on the interior space and ride comfort that really means something to mid-size sedan shoppers.
8.8
The 2014 Honda Accord keeps with this model's super-sensible reputation; but with accessible safety technology, great fuel economy, and unparalleled composure, the affordable models in the lineup are better deals than they've ever been.
8.2
The 2014 Mazda 6 is a beauty, with refined, perky powertrains and a driving experience that mostly delivers on what the exterior suggests.
8.2
Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT.
7.8
The 2014 VW Passat gains a good new four-cylinder, while it keeps its grip on TDI economy, excellent interior room, and top-notch crash-test scores.
MSRP From     
$20,295$21,970$21,955$20,990$22,170$20,845
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-5
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD