2011 Subaru Legacy vs. Its Competition

2011 Subaru Legacy 4-door Sedan H4 Auto 2.5i Prem Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.

Both the Mazda6 and Altima have a little more personality and more driving enjoyment than some of the other mid-size rivals like the Camry or Malibu.

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.

2011 Subaru Legacy 4-door Sedan H4 Auto 2.5i Prem Angular Front Exterior View2011 Subaru Legacy
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2011 Ford Fusion Sport2011 Ford Fusion
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2010 Mazda MAZDA6 4-door Sedan Auto i Grand Touring Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mazda MAZDA6
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2011 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Altima
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2011 Toyota Camry LE2011 Toyota Camry
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Subaru Legacy is one of the best-handling mid-size sedans, and the only mainstream one to offer standard all-wheel drive.
The 2011 Ford Fusion comes in a few finely developed flavors; Sport, Hybrid and base are a few of the best tastes.
The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 is a great pick for practically-minded family-car shoppers who also value driving enjoyment.
The 2011 Nissan Altima isn't quite as roomy as some mid-size rivals, but it's one of the sportiest-driving choices.
The 2011 Toyota Camry isn’t at the leading edge in any way, but it remains one of the smartest mid-size sedan picks.
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4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.54-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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