2018 Subaru Legacy vs. Its Competition

2018 Subaru Legacy
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The editors at The Car Connection think highly of the 2018 Honda Accord, so much so that we named it our Best Car to Buy 2017.

Compared to the Subaru, the Honda offers a better cabin and shapelier sheet metal, although it can’t be had with all-wheel drive.

The Legacy compares favorably to the Toyota Camry thanks to Subaru’s improved ride quality and quietness.

The Ford Fusion is offered in a tempting Sport trim level that is laughably fun to drive, although expensive.

The Chevy Malibu is a relative value in base configurations and offers a tempting hybrid version that is very fuel efficient.

The Nissan Altima isn’t as polished as the Legacy, but like the Subaru, it offers a thirsty V-6 is off-the-line performance is your overall goal.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2018 Subaru Legacy may be the best mid-size sedan that buyers largely miss. It skips performance for a good safety record and relative value—not bad things.
7.3
A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms.
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The 2018 Ford Fusion is a feast for the senses, a rarity among family sedans.
8.0
The 2018 Honda Accord sedan should be at the top of any four-door shoppers’ lists—sedan or otherwise. It’s well-crafted, comfortable, and affordable.
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The 2018 Nissan Altima does almost nothing out of the ordinary.
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The 2018 Toyota Camry remains among the most competitive mid-size sedans, with a sleeker design, higher fuel economy, and carefully calibrated features and options for every buyer.
MSRP From     
$22,195$21,680$22,215$23,570$23,260$23,645
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded H-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMidsize CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
2.5i4-Door Sedan L w/1VLS FWDLX 1.5T CVT2.5 S SedanL Automatic (SE)
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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