Subaru Legacy vs. Honda Accord

Comparing the Subaru Legacy with the Honda Accord

There are a number of terrific choices among midsize sedans here in the U.S. market, but there's only one make and model that offers standard all-wheel drive: the Subaru Legacy.

Subaru has built an entire brand on the strength of its all-wheel drive system. This make the Legacy a standout choice if you live in an area of the country that typically suffers from rough winters and inclement driving conditions, or if you live in region where navigating back roads is a regular part of your driving experience.

Aside from AWD though, how does the Legacy compare with another midsize sedan at the top of its class, the Honda Accord.

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Subaru Legacy vs. Honda Accord

  • Space. The Legacy has the slightly larger interior: 104.6 cubic feet versus 103.2 cubic feet for the Accord. The Legacy also has a bit more front leg room, offering 42.9 inches versus 42.5 inches in the Accord. Truck space is smaller in the Legacy (15.0 cubic feet versus 15.8 cubic feet), but offers the wider pass through with the rear seats folded down.
  • Safety. Both cars have received top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Subaru's highly regarded available EyeSight system uses cameras to add adaptive cruise control; lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, pre-collision braking and even steering-responsive fog lights on some models.
  • Engines and fuel economy. The Accord has an available hybrid engine option, but it's considerably more expensive than the standard gasoline version. Meanwhile, the Legacy has standard AWD and still compares favorably on fuel economy. The Legacy is rated at 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, while the Accord is rated at 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
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