2017 Honda Accord vs the 2017 Subaru Legacy

2016 Honda Accord Sedan

Honda Accord Sedan

2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

Subaru Legacy

Goshen and Monroe drivers should understand why the differences between the 2017 Honda Accord and the 2017 Subaru Legacy before deciding on their next sedan. Everything from fuel economy to onboard features to interior space needs to be taken into account when comparing these two vehicles, and in those areas the Accord often comes out on top.

Powertrains and MPG

Like the 2017 Honda Accord, the 2017 Subaru Legacy offers drivers from Goshen, Monroe, and Newburgh a choice of two engines; unlike the Accord, it falls flat in terms of both power and efficiency, whether you opt for the four-cylinder or the V6.

Entry-level Accord models are fitted with a powerful standard engine for the segment: a sophisticated 2.4L 4-cylinder. Here’s how it compares to the Legacy’s uninspiring 2.5L four-cylinder:

  • On the Sport and Sport Special Edition trims, it delivers 189 hp and 182 lb.-ft. of torque compared to just 175 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque with the Legacy.
  • The LX, EX, and EX-L trims have a remarkable mileage of 27 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway* with CVT vs just 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with the Legacy.**

In terms of V6 power, the 2017 Accord pulls even further ahead of the outgunned Legacy. The available V6 in the EX-L V-6 and Touring trims of the Accord produces 278 hp and 252 lb.-ft. of torque, with a fuel efficiency of 21 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway when using the 6-speed automatic transmission.* The Subaru’s 3.6L V6 delivers just 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of torque, with a meager mileage of only 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.**

2016 Honda Accord led headlights


Subaru are known for making somewhat bare, utilitarian vehicles, and that really shows inside the Legacy. The soft seats and high-grade materials you’ll find with the Accord just aren’t present here, and the Legacy even slips up when it comes to practicality by providing a 15 cubic foot trunk that trails behind the Accord’s 15.8 cubic foot alternative.

While front headroom and legroom remains strong in each, those in the rear of the Legacy will feel a little cramped:

  • Rear Head Room: Up to 37.5 in. in the Accord vs just 37.0 in. the Legacy.
  • Rear Leg Room: Up to 38.5 in. in the Accord vs just 38.1 in. the Legacy.
2016 Honda Accord engine

Comfort and Convenience Features

The 2017 Honda Accord makes the 2017 Subaru Legacy appear underequipped right out of the gate, with standard features including dual zone climate control, stereo anti-theft, and even an innovative SMS messaging function that can read incoming texts aloud coming with all trim levels.

It also offers a number of further features that aren’t available with the Legacy at any price, including:

  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto: Sync up your smartphone to use its features and apps right on the Accord’s touchscreen display.
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System: With Honda Digital Traffic to keep you ahead of gridlock and voice command technology for effortless on-the-go control, this is one of the best satnav systems around.
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control: The volume of your sound system will be automatically adjusted to account for increasing engine noise, so your music and Bluetooth calls won’t ever be disrupted again.
2016 Honda Accord Interior Dash

Safety Features

Both the Accord and the Legacy are safe vehicles. However, the Accord edges ahead in terms of safety features.

Here are just a few of the Accord’s safety technologies that aren’t available with the 2017 Legacy:

  • Honda LaneWatch: When you want to change lanes, this handy feature will provide a video-display of your blind-spot area, offering close to four-times greater visibility than the traditional side mirror you’ll be relying on in the Legacy.
  • Road Departure Mitigation: If you’re driving in poor conditions, at night, or simply when you haven’t had enough shut-eye, it can be easy to start drifting off the road. The Accord’s Road Departure Mitigation system can detect when that is happening before applying gentle corrective steering.
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: The Legacy might fit a rearview camera as standard, but their model still plays second fiddle to the Accord’s. Offering three viewing modes and integrated guidelines for easy maneuvering, the Accord’s rearview monitor takes the technology further.
2016 Honda Accord center console

The 2017 Honda Accord Remains an Excellent Choice for a Midsize Sedan

Next to the 2017 Honda Accord, the 2017 Subaru Legacy appears underpowered and underequipped. To take your new Honda Accord out for a test drive, just pay a visit to the showroom here at Middletown Honda today.

* Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.