Compare 2008 Nissan Altima vs 2009 Subaru Legacy

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2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S ULEV 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL ULEV 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 ULEV 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
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4-Door H4 Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic 20 26 $20,578 $21,795
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic GT Ltd 18 24 $28,381 $30,395
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic GT Ltd w/Nav 18 24 $30,100 $32,395
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd 20 26 $23,465 $24,995
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd PZEV 20 26 $23,672 $25,195
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic PZEV 20 26 $20,784 $21,995
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic Special Edition 20 26 $20,853 $22,095
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic Special Edition PZEV 20 26 $21,058 $22,295
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual 20 26 $19,666 $20,795
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual GT Ltd 18 25 $27,013 $28,895
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual GT Spec B w/Nav 17 24 $32,106 $34,595
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual PZEV 20 26 $19,872 $20,995
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual Special Edition 20 26 $19,941 $21,095
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual Special Edition PZEV 20 26 $20,146 $21,295
Legacy 4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R 17 24 $24,894 $26,595
Legacy 4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd 17 24 $27,911 $29,895
Legacy 4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd w/Nav 17 24 $29,741 $31,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,112
$20,578
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,450
$21,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$358 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible. The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
47.6 52.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 54.2
Second Head Room (in)
35.6 36.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.4 53.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 44.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 51.0
Second Leg Room (in)
34.4 33.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 39.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.7 90.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 58.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 8.4
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 188.7
Height, Overall (in)
55.3 59.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 58.7
Wheelbase (in)
105.3 105.1
Liftover Height (in)
26.2 26.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 69.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.4 11.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 0.35 10.6 x 0.39
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.02 10.8 x 0.94
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.7 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.83 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA NA
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 205/50R17
Spare Tire Size
T135/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 205/50R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 3000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 3000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3095 3325
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 6.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 490
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 5600 175 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3900 169 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
QR25 NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/150
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Sportshift
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.80 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Automatic,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 2.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Type
1 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Subaru Legacy
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.86 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/antisquat
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.68 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Lower L-Arms
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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