Compare 2020 Nissan Altima vs 2021 Subaru Legacy

2020 Nissan Altima
2021 Subaru Legacy
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2.0 Platinum Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2.0 Platinum Sedan 25 34 $32,769 $35,180
Altima 2.0 SR Sedan 25 34 $27,719 $29,750
Altima 2.5 Platinum AWD Sedan 25 35 $31,440 $33,750
Altima 2.5 Platinum Sedan 27 37 $30,184 $32,400
Altima 2.5 S AWD Sedan 26 36 $23,906 $25,650
Altima 2.5 S Sedan 28 39 $22,650 $24,300
Altima 2.5 SL AWD Sedan 26 36 $29,430 $31,590
Altima 2.5 SL Sedan 28 39 $28,175 $30,240
Altima 2.5 SR AWD Sedan 25 35 $25,395 $27,250
Altima 2.5 SR Sedan 27 37 $24,139 $25,900
Altima 2.5 SV AWD Sedan 26 36 $27,477 $29,490
Altima 2.5 SV Sedan 28 39 $26,222 $28,140
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CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy CVT 27 35 $21,624 $22,895
Legacy Limited CVT 27 35 $28,052 $29,895
Legacy Limited XT CVT 24 32 $32,192 $34,445
Legacy Premium CVT 27 35 $23,729 $25,145
Legacy Sport CVT 27 35 $25,526 $27,095
Legacy Touring XT CVT 24 32 $33,752 $36,145
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,769
$21,624
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,180
$22,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$586 / month
$382 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Nissan Altima is a handsome sedan with a great-looking price. The 2021 Subaru Legacy aces its value and safety tests, and gets a pass on the rest.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
38 39.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.8 105.5
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 58.1
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
43.8 42.8
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
35.2 39.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
192.9 190.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 59.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 63.4
Wheelbase (in)
111.2 108.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.9 72.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 15.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 12.4
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 11.8
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.2 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 36.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/40VR19 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/40VR19 P225/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3438 3499
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8 17 X 7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
510 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
267 @ 4000 176 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/120 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
236 @ 5600 182 @ 5800
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 27
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.80 4.38
Trans Type
1 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.25 3.70
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD CVT w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 4.07 - 0.84
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.56
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Subaru Legacy
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 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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2020 Nissan Altima
  • 2021 Altima is here; 2020s still available
  • Rebates: Up to $2,250 cashback
  • Lease: From $229 per month for 36 months
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 72 months + $1,500
2021 Subaru Legacy
  • 2021 Legacy in adequate supply
  • Lease: From $199 for 36 months
  • Rebates: None, but dealer discounting common
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 63 months
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