2018 Subaru LegacyMidsize sedans like the Subaru Legacy and Nissan Altima should provide you with a reliable performance, comfortable space, and lots of useful safety features. So, which one offers more of what you're looking for in your next car?

Stateline Subaru helps drivers in Somerset, Bristol, and Fall River decide with this Subaru Legacy vs. Nissan Altima comparison. 

Subaru Legacy vs Nissan Altima Capability

2018 Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy delivers a dependable performance in any conditions. It has standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, so you can be safe and confident whether you're driving over wet, slippery roads or steep, rocky hills. 

The Nissan Altima offers all-wheel drive, but it isn't standard on any of its trim levels. Each one comes with standard front-wheel drive. 

Both sedans equip their drivetrain with Vehicle Dynamics Control and a Traction Control System. However, the Legacy takes this a step further with Active Torque Vectoring. This feature improves your handling both during tough weather and ideal driving conditions. It applies braking to the inside of the wheel to help you pull off sharper turns. 

While the Nissan Altima delivers a stable drive, it doesn't offer any features to enhance its turning ability or make the drive more exciting like the Legacy does. 

Subaru Legacy vs Nissan Altima Interior Dimensions

Both the Subaru Legacy and Nissan Altima feature a spacious interior with two rows of seats and room for up to five people. 

While both are comfortable, the Legacy gives you a little more space to stretch out. It has a total of 104.6 cubic feet of passenger room. The Nissan Altima is a little smaller overall with 100.8 cubic feet of passenger room.

The biggest difference lies in the headroom. A taller driver can still sit up straight inside the Subaru with 40.0 inches of front headroom and 37.0 inches of rear headroom. In the Nissan Altima a taller passenger or driver may have to slouch to feel comfortable. It has 39.2 inches of front headroom and 36.9 inches of rear headroom.

Another area where the Nissan Altima feels like a tighter squeeze is in the backseat. There's only 35.2 inches of rear legroom. The Legacy gives you more space with 38.1 inches of rear legroom. 

Subaru Legacy vs Nissan Altima Driver Assistance Features

2018 Subaru Legacy Steering Wheel

Each sedan focuses on keeping you and all your passengers safe. Both come with an advanced airbag system, are built with a high-strength steel frame, and have a standard Rear-View Camera to help you check behind you while backing up. 

That's just the beginning of the safety technology inside the Subaru Legacy. It uses a series of sensors and cameras to help you have a safer drive. The EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology bundle comes standard and provides you with better awareness. It helps prevent accidents from occurring with features, such as:

  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Pre-Collision Throttle management

While the Nissan Altima offers features that are similar to these, they aren't standard on its base trim. Many of its driver assistance features aren't available until the higher trim levels. 

Test Drive Your Next Midsize Sedan at Our Subaru Dealership!

Visit Stateline Subaru to test drive the any of the dependable Subaru Legacy trim levels. Each offers drivers in Somerset, Bristol, and Fall River a confident ride with all-wheel drive, lots of features, and comfortable interior. To learn more about this Subaru Legacy vs. Nissan Altima comparison, contact us or visit our Subaru dealership

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