2013 Subaru Legacy vs. Its Competition

2013 Subaru Legacy
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 Subaru Legacy is the same size as mainstream competitors like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and Ford Fusion, but it competes more with sportier sedans like the Mazda Mazda6 and Volkswagen Passat.

The Mazda6, like the Legacy, is a pleasure to drive yet still offers a roomy interior.

The new, larger Passat has moved somewhat away from its sporty sedan roots and become more of a mainstream competitor to the volume models.

Neither of those cars offers all-wheel drive, and that same critique applies to the Camry and Accord.

Now in its fourth year, though, the Legacy faces tougher competition from all-new versions of the Camry (in 2012), and the Accord, Altima, and Fusion (in 2013).

The Fusion will have an all-wheel drive model paired to its most powerful four-cylinder engine, and that car may be the best match for the Legacy--though we haven't driven the new Fusion yet.

The new Fusion may win on looks, however, against the somewhat staid Legacy, but the Subaru may offer better overall value.

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The 2013 Subaru Legacy retains its unique position as an affordable, fun-to-drive mid-size sedan with standard all-wheel drive--and adds some standout safety technology.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid makes an extraordinary leap forward in fuel economy--but also, in its appealing looks and handling.
The 2013 Mazda6 is a little more enjoyable to drive than other mid-size sedans, and its roomy, comfortable interior is another advantage, but it's behind the curve in occupant safety and tech features.
Briskly updated in the right ways, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan promises good looks and great gas mileage for those who don't mind a CVT.
The 2013 Toyota Camry is no standout for design, but it's more than ever the sensible pick for those who value comfort, value, and frugality above all else.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat 4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsMid-Size SedanMidsizeMidsizeMidsize
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Sedan I4 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    
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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