The 2018
Subaru Legacy
VS. 2018 Nissan Altima

The 2018 Subaru Legacy Versus the Nissan Altima

When shopping for a new sedan, the Nissan Altima and Subaru Legacy both rise as contenders worthy of consideration. While the Nissan Altima offers seven available trim levels, the Subaru opts for quality over quantity and delivers five precisely-tuned trim levels to suit every drivers' precise degree of performance, comfort, and affordability. While both vehicles provide varying strengths and weaknesses, quantifiable traits reveal one as superior.

Power, Performance, and Price

While both vehicles are closely matched, a few differences reveal themselves. The Nissan Altima starts at $23,260, while the 2018 Subaru Legacy starts at $22,195. As standard, the Subaru Legacy offers the iconic Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, while the Nissan Altima only offers front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive yields far superior handling and performance in normal and inclement driving conditions, resulting in a safer and more exhilarating driving experience from the Subaru Legacy. Furthermore, the Subaru Legacy offers an available 256 horsepower SUBARU BOXER® engine, yielding exceptional fuel efficiency of 34 highway miles per-gallon. Conversely, the Nissan Altima's four-cylinder engine produces a respectable, but lesser 179 horsepower. Due to these factors, the Subaru Legacy outstrips the Nissan Altima on power, price, and performance capabilities.

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Interior, Safety and Technology

Featuring Best-In-Class storage volume of 104.6 cubic feet, the 2018 Subaru Legacy not only outperforms the Nissan Altima in terms of interior space, but all other vehicles in its class. The Subaru Legacy, amending its reliable and safe drivetrain, incorporates advanced technologies to further enhance its safety:

  • EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
  • SUBARU STARLINK™ Safety and Security Systems
  • Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear-Vision Camera and Reverse Automatic Braking
The Nissan Altima, conversely, does employ safety features in the form of Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ systems. However, being only front-wheel drive as standard, the Subaru Legacy stands apart as a superior-handling vehicle best suited for any road conditions.

With memory seating, premium audio systems by Harman Kardon®, and the SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system incorporated throughout the cabin, the spacious interior of the 2018 Subaru Legacy provides comfort for both the driver and passengers. The Nissan Altima, not completely inferior, does offer a heated steering wheel and zero-gravity astronaut-inspired seating. However, while an interesting aspect, the overall seamless integration of technology and comfort within the Subaru Legacy reveals it as the leader once more.

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