2020 Nissan Altima vs. 2020 Subaru Legacy

KEY ALTIMA ADVANTAGES

  • Choice of all-wheel drive1 or front-wheel drive – Altima is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, allowing buyers to choose the vehicle that meets their needs. Legacy is available only in all-wheel drive.
  • Active Ride Control (ARC)  – Every Altima has Active Ride Control, which automatically adjusts throttle and applies brake pressure on rough road surfaces to help enhance ride quality. No Legacy offers such a feature.
  • 2 Type-A and 2 Type-C USB ports2 (vs. 4 Type-A only) – Altima is equipped with both Type-A and Type-C USB ports for users to connect their devices to. USB Type-C has faster charging and is used by some newer phones, tablets, and laptop computers. Legacy offers only Type-A USB ports.
  • Driver information features – Altima offers driver information features that are either not available on Legacy or are only available on higher trim levels or as extra-cost options, including:
    • Standard Rear Door Alert3 (vs. not available)
    • Available Traffic Sign Recognition4 (TSR) (vs. not available)
    • Standard Intelligent Driver Alertness5 (I-DA) (vs. available)
    • Standard Advanced Drive-Assist® Display6 (vs. available)
  • Safety features – Altima offers available safety features with capabilities that Legacy cannot match, including:
    • Standard seat-mounted rear-passenger side-impact supplemental air bags7 (vs. not available)
    • Standard Easy-Fill Tire Alert8 (vs. not available)
    • Standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning9 (I-FCW) (vs. standard, but not intelligent)
    • Available Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection10 (vs. standard, but no pedestrian detection)
    • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor11 (I-AVM) (vs. available front and rear cameras only, and no Moving Object Detection system)

Additional Advantages

  • Available Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine
  • Available sport-tuned suspension
  • Larger available wheels and tires
  • Zero Gravity front seats
  • D-shaped steering wheel
  • Standard Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition (vs. available)
  • Standard Remote Engine Start12 (vs. available)
  • Available Nissan Door to Door Navigation13
  • Standard SiriusXM® Advanced Audio Features14 (vs. available)
  • More front leg room15
  • Better EPA mileage estimates16 (2.0 VC-Turbo FWD vs. 2.4 turbo AWD)

2020 SUBARU LEGACY OVERVIEW

Legacy is Subaru’s 5-passenger midsize sedan available in six trim levels. Powertrain choices are:

  • 2.5-liter DOHC H-4
    • 182 horsepower
    • All-wheel drive
    • Continuously Variable Transmission
  • 2.4-liter turbocharged DOHC H-4
    • 260 horsepower
    • All-wheel drive
    • Continuously Variable Transmission

Legacy’s heritage is built around its all-wheel drive system and its reputation for efficiency, safety, and reliability. By returning a turbocharged XT model for 2020, Legacy adds a sporty performance option as well.  Altima offers a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and can impress with sporty performance features of its own on the SR VC-Turbo model. The innovative variable-compression turbo engine also has the flexibility of performance and efficiency. Altima’s athletic exterior styling, premium interior, and long list of advanced comfort, convenience, and safety technologies add to its overall appeal.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2020 SUBARU LEGACY

Subaru Legacy is all-new for 2020 with the following notable changes:

  • Revised exterior and interior styling
  • New Touring XT trim level
  • Upgraded 2.5-liter direct-injection engine with 182 horsepower
  • New 2.4-liter direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder (replaces 3.6-liter H-6 engine)
  • 8-speed manual shift mode with CVT
  • Stablex ride control no longer available
  • Standard LED headlights
  • Tablet-style 11.6-inch HD multimedia infotainment system
  • Available 180-degree front camera
  • Standard High Beam Assist
  • Available DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System
  • More interior passenger volume
  • Driver’s knee air bag
  • Standard auto start/stop ignition
  • Available heated steering wheel

TRIM LEVEL MATCHUPS

Altima Legacy
S FWD/AWD
SR FWD/AWD
SV FWD/AWD Legacy (AWD)
SL FWD/AWD Legacy Premium (AWD)
Legacy Sport (AWD)
Platinum FWD/AWD Legacy Limited (AWD)
SR VC-Turbo FWD
Platinum VC-Turbo FWD Legacy Limited XT (AWD)
Legacy Touring XT (AWD)

 

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1 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive cannot prevent collisions or provide enhanced traction in all conditions. Always monitor traffic and weather conditions.
2 Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. If you have to use the connected device while driving, exercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.
3 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
4 Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) may not detect and read all traffic signs in all conditions. Driver should monitor all traffic signs and obey all traffic laws.
5 Intelligent Driver Alertness cannot provide a warning in every situation. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
6 Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. Use the text messaging feature after stopping your vehicle in a safe location. If you have to use the feature while driving, exercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.
7 Air bags are only a supplemental restraint system. Always wear your seat belt. Rear-facing child restraints should not be placed in the front-passenger’s seat. All children 12 and under should ride in the rear seat properly secured in child restraints, booster seats, or seat belts according to their size. Air bags will only inflate in certain accidents. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
8 Vehicle must be on for the Easy-Fill Tire Alert to operate.
9 Intelligent Forward Collision Warning cannot prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
10 Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should monitor traffic conditions and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
11 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
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16 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates for Altima: 28 city MPG/39 hwy MPG/32 combined MPG for 2.5 FWD S, SV, and SL; 27 city MPG/37 hwy MPG/31 combined MPG for 2.5 FWD SR and Platinum; 25 city MPG/34 hwy MPG/29 combined MPG for 2.0 VC-Turbo FWD; 26 city MPG/36 hwy MPG/30 combined MPG for 2.5 AWD S, SV, and SL; 25 city MPG/35 hwy MPG/29 combined MPG for 2.5 AWD SR and Platinum. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.