Subaru Legacy vs Honda Accord Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Midsize sedans are some of the best vehicles for getting around Southern California. They have the extra space that compact cars lack, but they're more fuel-efficient and less bulky than SUVs. But which midsize sedan is the best fit for you? The 2020 Subaru Legacy is a remarkable car, but it does have stiff competition in the form of the 2020 Honda Accord. We'll take a look at how these two compare so you can get a better idea of what each one offers.

Subaru Legacy rear seats

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Honda Accord: Design

Both the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord feature attractive designs and are equipped with features like LED headlights. However, the Subaru Ascent also offers available LED Steering Responsive Headlights, which track in the direction of your turn for increased visibility. The Honda Accord doesn't offer this feature.

Though the 2020 Subaru Legacy has a smaller footprint than the Honda Accord, the passenger volume is nearly identical. But the Subaru Legacy still has the edge. Even the entry-level 2020 Subaru Legacy includes a 60/40-split folding rear seat that lets you pack oversized cargo while still allowing a rear-seat passenger or two. The rear seat of the Honda Accord is not split, so you have to choose between passengers and extra cargo pass-through room.


Subaru Legacy touchscreen

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Honda Accord: Infotainment

Even for 2020 models, it seems like Honda is getting dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming. The base Honda Accord features a 7-inch static screen that uses only Bluetooth® for connectivity. You can get an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity, but you'll have to upgrade to the next trim level.

The Subaru Legacy stands in stark contrast to this. The entry-level model has two 7-inch touchscreens in the center stack. The STARLINK® system features not only Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity, but also cloud-based applications like Chimani and EVE Home Automation. For even more attractive technology, upgrade to the portrait oriented 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen!

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Subaru Legacy driving down highway

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Honda Accord: Performance

The Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord have similarly powered engines, but the Subaru Legacy provides a more enjoyable drive. For one thing, its shorter wheelbase makes for greater maneuverability. The Subaru Legacy also features a horizontally opposed BOXER® engine that gives it a lower center of gravity than the Honda Accord's inline engine, further improving driving experience. Both of these cars offer available engine upgrades for sportier performance. Of the two, the Subaru Legacy has the more powerful engine upgrade.


Subaru Legacy driving on rainy street

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Honda Accord: Safety

We're pleased to report that both the 2020 Subaru Legacy and the 2020 Honda Accord are exceptionally safe cars. Both feature standard driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane keep assistance features. Both also received perfect five-star ratings across the board from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), though the 2020 Subaru Legacy did do better with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS gave the 2020 Subaru Legacy its coveted 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award, while the 2020 Honda Accord earned only the regular 2020 Top Safety Pick award.

Though they have similar safety, the 2020 Subaru Legacy does have a notable advantage: standard all-wheel drive. This feature provides extra traction on slick streets or dirt roads. The Honda Accord, on the other hand, is a front-wheel drive vehicle only. If your journeys take you to colder climes or off-the-beaten-track locales, the Subaru Legacy is better equipped to safely handle conditions you may encounter.

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2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Honda Accord: Value

You've seen how much the Subaru Legacy offers, and you might expect it to cost more than the Honda Accord. Fortunately, this isn't the case. As a matter of fact, the base Honda Accord has a starting MSRP that's over $1,500 greater than that of the entry-level Subaru Legacy! Come experience the Subaru Legacy for yourself at McKenna Subaru in Huntington Beach, California.

2020 Subaru Legacy2020 Honda Accord
$22,745Starting MSRP*$24,270
182Standard Horsepower192
260 Horsepower / 277 lb-ft TorqueAvailable Engine Upgrade252 Horsepower / 273 lb-ft Torque
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available
StandardTransmission Paddle ShiftersAvailable Upgrade
StandardApple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™Available Upgrade
Standard60/40 Split Folding Rear SeatAvailable Upgrade
StandardPre-Collision Automatic BrakingStandard
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlStandard
2020 Top Safety Pick+IIHS Safety Award2020 Top Safety Pick

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.