Should You Pick a Subaru Legacy Over an Accord or Camry?

November 25, 2009
(Legacy 2.5i Starting at $19,995)

In the past the Subaru Legacy was always the wacky cult option when it came to midsize sedan choices like the Camry, Accord and Altima. One of the main reasons was a lack of space--the old Legacy didnt have much rear legroom but that is all changed for the 2010 model year. There are few cars on the market today that actually have a more comfortable rear perch even for those over 6 feet with a few added, ahem, holiday pounds.

The basic model Legacy is nicely equipped below $20,000 and comes standard with a smooth shifting CVT, 170 horsepower 4 cylinder boxer engine (so named because the cylinders are horizontally opposed like in a Porsche) and full time symmetrical All Wheel Drive. Fuel economy for this combination is 22 city/29 highway--impressive numbers for a car this heavy with full time all wheel drive. A basic Honda Accord without AWD costs $21,055 and everyone and their barber drives one of those.

While there is a turbocharged 4 cylinder option on the Legacy, the appeal of that model is limited by the fact that it only comes with a manual transmission. Think of it as a cut price Audi A4 2.0T and you get the idea. Even better than that, the Legacy comes with a 3.6 liter 256 horsepower boxer 6 cylinder model that is priced at $24,995. This model can run on regular gas and undercuts V6 models from both Accord and Camry when similarly equipped. And again, not everyone drives a Legacy so you will at least feel a little less like an automaton when behind the wheel.

The interior and exterior styling of the 2010 Legacy is also a true revelation. Style and build quality work in harmony to create one of the best looking 4 door sedans in the segment. So if you love to ski or just want to drive something a little different why not check out the wares at your local Subaru dealer. You will be glad you did.

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