2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2019 Honda Accord

Hi Subaru gang here is a really informative comparison between the brand new 2020 Subaru Legacy and the 2019 Honda Accord. The video was created by John Coil of AutoNation. The video transcript is available below if you want to follow along.


I’m John Coil, welcome to AutoNation drive head to head feature. In this corner we have the Subaru Legacy, the auto wheel drive sedan is fully redesigned for 2020 and comes with more power along with advanced wheel safety systems. Next we have the Honda Accord, this venerable 4 doors has long been a favorite of critics and consumers, it was all new for 2018 and comes into 2019 mostly unchanged.

Both the Subaru and Honda are excellent choices for a stylish practical sedan. So let's take a look at the engines, cabins, infotainment and price to determine a winner.

PowerTrain Comparison

1st, let's look at the power trains. The Subaru comes with a 2.5 liter flat 4 engine, good for 182 horsepower and 176 lbs feet of torque. Those looking for a little more pop can opt for a turbo charge 2.4 liter which pumps out 260 horsepower and 277 lbs feet of torque. Both engine come with the CVT transmission that sends power to all corners via Subaru's fames All wheel drive system. The standard setup delivers 27 mpg city 35 highway, while the turbo unit comes in a 24 city, 32 highway. 

In comparison, the accord offers 3 engine choice, the base engine with a turbo charged 1.5 liter cylinder, which makes 192 horsepower and a 192 lbs feet of torque. Step up to the turbo charge 2.5 liter and you're looking at 252 horse power and 273 lbs feet of torque. A CVT handles shifting duties on the 1.5 liter, while the 2.5 liter gets a traditional 10 speed automatic. A 6 speed stick is available on sport models, according to EPA estimate the 1.5 liter delivers up to 30 mpg city and 30 highway, while the 2.5 liter can hit up to 22 city 34 highway.

Predictably the best mileage comes from the 212 horse power Hybrid model, which can achieve 40 mpg in the city and on the highway. While the Subaru offers all wheel drive, the Honda provides better fuel economy choice for traditional stick and a hybrid. Since any one of those things could be a must have for buyers, we're going to call this a draw.

Interior design

Now let’s look inside the cabin. Subaru doesn’t have a luxury line, so the company has thought to give the interiors a premium feel and the legacy delivers. The redesigned dashboard has plenty of angles and details but avoids looking busy and all the touch points and switches feel high quality, the large touch screen at the center is well integrated and neatly framed by buttons and dials for the radio climate controls. They’re seating for up to 5 passengers and 15 point of cubic feet of space in the trunk.

The cabin of the accord is also a nice place to be. That said, build quality is typical Honda meaning its exceptional. Modern Accords are also known for feeling roomy and the 2019 model is no exception, at 16.7 cubic feet there's also plenty of room in the trunk.

While both of these cabins are comfortable and well constructed, we think the Subaru slightly more modern feel and better materials to get the win here.

Infotainment System

In the minds of buyers infotainment tech is more important than ever and we like the set up in the Subaru, base models come with a 7 inch display but tech savvy buyers would want to spring for the 11.00 inch display which is well as being intuitive and quick responding looks fantastic.

Apple car player and android auto Standard as are Bluetooth, h.d. radio compatibility and over the air software updates. Audiophiles will also appreciate the available 12 speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

In the Accord the standard infotainment system comes with the 7 inch display, but buyers can upgrade to an 8 inch touchscreen. The interface is intuitive and the combination of on screen controls and physical buttons makes it easy to quickly make selections.

While Apple car player and android aren't standard, they're available in upper trim levels along with options like a 10 speaker audio system an h.d. radio.

While we think both systems will be able to meet the needs of buyers in the segment, we think the beautiful packaging and more robust list of standard features gives the legacy the win here.

Safety Features

Now it's time to talk safety. Since legacy is a brand new model, it has yet to be tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration but it's worth noting that the 2019 model passed its battery of tests with flying colors and earned a 5 star overall safety rating. It also comes standard with Subaru eyesight technology which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision breaking and pre-collision throttle management

The Accord also earned a 5 star crash rating and come standard with the Honda sensing suite of safety tech, it includes collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise, lane keep assists and traffic sign recognition. So with that in mind we're going to call this a draw as both vehicles are well equipped to keep you safe on the road.

Price Comparaison

Now it's time to talk price, the Legacy starts at $23,645 and the range top touring and XT trim will start at $36,795.  The accord starts at $22,720 and the top spec touring model will start at $34,99o Overall this is a close contest but while we like the Honda’s available hybrid as well as a traditional 10 speed auto.


We think the Subaru's standard all wheel drive, better infotainment set up, an upscale interior win the day.

2020 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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