2012 Subaru Legacy vs. Its Competition

2012 Subaru Legacy 4-door Sedan H4 Auto 2.5i Premium Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

With the Legacy's somewhat larger size and refocused, more value-driven presentation, it now has mainstream models like the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry in its sights.

But the Mazda Mazda6 is probably its most direct rival.

Like the Legacy, the Mazda6 is a little more exciting to drive yet has a roomy interior.

However, none of these other mid-size models comes with all-wheel drive.

The Volkswagen Passat is one rival; but in its present version, it's a more conventional, value-oriented model.

Simply put, the Legacy offers 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.

Against, the new Camry, the Legacy has a comparable package and feature set, but the all-wheel drive can again be a deal-breaker.

The Camry's interior appointments are also no better.

The Nissan Altima 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.

2012 Subaru Legacy 4-door Sedan H4 Auto 2.5i Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Subaru Legacy
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Subaru Legacy remains the only mainstream, mid-size sedan to offer all-wheel drive; it's also among the better-handling models in this class, and a strong value in 2.5i form.
The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks.
The 2012 Mazda6 is just as comfortable, practical, and refined as most other mid-size sedans, but it's a little more enjoyable to drive.
The 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers.
The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry remains the most conservative-looking pick among mid-size sedans, but if you want comfort, value, and frugality above all else, it's probably just your style.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat 4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsMid-Size SedanMidsizeMidsizeMidsize Car
Style Name    
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 Automatic L (GS)
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
ManualManualManual w/ODContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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