Compare 2015 Nissan Altima vs 2016 Subaru Legacy

2015 Nissan Altima
2016 Subaru Legacy
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4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $21,256 $22,300
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $21,031 $22,560
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $26,232 $28,150
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $23,041 $24,720
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 32 $24,650 $26,450
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 32 $29,766 $31,950
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 32 $27,793 $29,830
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4-Door Sedan 2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i 26 36 $20,533 $21,745
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Limited 26 36 $25,214 $26,845
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Limited PZEV 26 36 $25,525 $27,145
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i PZEV 26 36 $20,842 $22,045
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Premium 26 36 $22,495 $23,845
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Premium PZEV 26 36 $22,808 $24,145
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 3.6R Limited 20 29 $28,061 $29,945
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,256
$20,533
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,300
$21,745
Monthly Payment Estimate
$372 / month
$362 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you don't mind a CVT, the 2015 Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes. All-wheel drive for the entire lineup, a big back seat, and excellent gas mileage might be enough on their own to woo family-sedan shoppers; the 2016 Subaru Legacy has that, plus top safety, a smooth ride, and a design that fits right in.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.9 104.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 57.3
Front Leg Room (in)
45 42.9
Front Hip Room (in)
54 55.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
40 40
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 55
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 58.1
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 59
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 108.3
Liftover Height (in)
26.9 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
191.5 188.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 15
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 11.8
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 11.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 36.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P225/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3108 3468
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 490
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 4000 174 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6000 175 @ 5800
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
31 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 26
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 3.58 - 0.62
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.83 3.90
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 3.67
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD CVT w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Subaru Legacy
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 (Est) 5.9
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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