2016 Subaru Legacy vs. Its Competition

2016 Subaru Legacy
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

All-wheel drive—a feature that's optional only on some mid-size sedans—is included across the entire 2016 Subaru Legacy lineup.

The Chrysler 200 sedan offers AWD as an option, yet its lower gas mileage and cramped seat mean it's not as appealing in pragmatic ways.

Both the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima are mainstream but sporty entries, with roomy interiors (including back seats), smooth rides, and good materials and trims.

The Accord is also this year offered in Hybrid form.

We like the Ford Fusion for its sophisticated feel behind the wheel, and for its design and cabin appointments, which feel a price class above.

The Mazda6 is probably our choice for best-driving in this class, but it has a rather sluggish infotainment system.

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Quick Specs
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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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The 2016 Chrysler 200 stands out for style, safety, and V-6 power—but rear-seat head room is its downfall.
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The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid combines high gas mileage and a quiet ride with one of the best-looking family-sedan bodies.
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If you don't mind a CVT, the 2015 Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes.
MSRP From   
$21,745$22,115$22,750$22,300
Gas Mileage   
20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 2.5i4-Door Sedan LX FWD4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission   
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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