There's no question that the Honda Accord is the best-selling mid-size sedan on the market - the gold standard for front wheel drive sedans. But have you ever noticed that Subaru Legacy competitors only compare themselves to other FWD vehicles? We'll explore the main differences between the 2020 Legacy and 2020 Accord based on what consumers really want in a vehicle - a safe, affordable, quiet, comfortable ride with a high level of technology and entertainment features - and if you live in New England or other northern states, all-wheel drive to take you where you need to go!

All-Wheel Drive

As hearty New Englanders, we appreciate the value of an All-Wheel Drive vehicle in terms of safety and peace of mind - especially during our long winter months. All-Wheel Drive is not available on the Honda Accord, but it's standard on all Subaru Legacys - for about the same or even lower cost than the Accord without it. Learn more about Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System and how it ensures outstanding grip in snow, rain, or rough terrain. After all, we don't live in the desert!

Official side-by-side fuel comparisons from show that the AWD Legacy gives up a few mpg vs the FWD Accord, but
who really cares when you are caught in a blizzard! With a larger fuel tank (18.5 gal vs 14.8 gal), you'll make fewer visits to the gas station with the Legacy.

Comfort, Space, Visibility and Noise

Subaru's new Global Platform is paying dividends with a smoother and quieter ride.  Motor Trend reports, "There's plenty of space regardless of where you sit, and the upright profile and expansive glass area make for excellent visibility. Minimal exterior noise enters the cabin even at highway speeds, making the Legacy a great long-distance cruiser." 

Of the 2020 Legacy...
The Car Connection weighs in on the Legacy

"Few sedans are as quiet and comfortable as the 2020 Legacy."
Motor Trend adds
"I can't stop being impressed by the suspension and ride quality that this Legacy has," Motor Trend managing editor Miguel Cortina said. "It rides better than most luxury cars."

Of the 2020 Accord, reviews seem to be consistent...
Edmunds observed that "low seating position slightly hampers entry and exit" and that the 2020 Accord is "not as quiet as some rival sedans."
Kelly Blue Book stated, "Relatively low seating positions not ideal for elegant exits" and touched on the noise problem, "Sound insulation at freeway speeds could be better."
Motor Trend also complained that "high level of road noise permeates the cabin."

The 2020 Accord is longer and wider than the 2020 Legacy which provides a little more rear leg room and trunk volume. The Legacy has more front leg room. See actual measurements here. It's noteworthy that the Legacy is 2" taller than the Accord which provides more shoulder room and better visibility in the rear and minimal blind spots.


The 2020 Subaru Legacy MSRP starts at just $23,645 vs the 2020 Honda Accord at $24,675, including destination charges. That's $1,000 less for the Legacy - and its got all wheel drive! You'll
enjoy savings on comparable equipped higher trim levels as well.

When comparing prices from manufacturers or getting dealer quotes, ALWAYS make sure the destination charge is included.

Multi-media and Connectivity

2020 Legacy and Accord both offer a multi-media/information display and both support Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and SiriusXM (subscription required). The display on the 2020 Accord is 7" on the lower trim levels and 8" on the more expensive models or as a paid option.
For the 2020 Legacy, the display is 7" for the base model only. On all other models the display is an 11.6" high-resolution touchscreen. All Subaru Legacy models INCLUDE the  SUBARU STARLINK system.

The Car Connection writes, "The 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan is a stellar value with impressive tech."

Accident Avoidance Systems

Both Subaru and Honda have excellent advanced active safety features, albeit they work differently and offer slightly different feature sets with different name terminology. Subaru's system is called EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and Honda's is called Honda Sensing.
The 2020 Honda Accord received a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick while the 2020 Subaru Legacy received a 2020 Top Safety Pick + due in part to the Superior Rating of Subaru's EyeSight System.  CLICK HERE to learn how Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology has been shown to reduce rear end crashes with injuries by up to 85%.
Quite frankly, comparing the dimensions of the two vehicles down the the tenth of an inch is ludicrous, especially given the superior quality of the 2020 Legacy and Accord. Please consider this. While experts are effusive about the ride quality of the 2020 Legacy, they were not as kind regarding the 2020 Accord. You shouldn't have to be an acrobat to get in and out of the Accord nor do you want to be bombarded with road noise, especially at highway speeds. This will never present itself while driving around the block on a test drive but it's an irritant that you are going to have to live with for 3-5 years until you trade the car in. Don't we have enough distractions in our lives?

Going back to the key criteria, is the vehicle you want safe, affordable, quiet, and comfortable ride with a high level of technology? And If you live in New England or other northern states, let's not forget all-wheel drive!
Call Center Subaru at 888-869-5889 to schedule a real test drive.


Boxer Engine (across the entire product line)

At the heart of every Subaru is the horizontally opposed boxer engine developed to combine balance with power and efficiency. It's the same proven engine design that drives our family cars as well as our high-performance WRX-STi rally cars. 

The advantages include: Low profile, providing lower center of gravity for predictable handling. Produces less vibration than other engine designs.  SUBARU BOXER engines help enhance overall vehicle safety and longevity.
It's no wonder 96% of Legacy vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today! Honda does not offer the boxer engine.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

The Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system in conjunction with the Subaru Boxer Engine is designed to optimize both traction and balance to
give you greater control and confidence on the road in almost any weather condition.

The entire system lies along the center line of the vehicle, balancing weight distribution between the two sides to help provide optimal performance and control.

The 2020 Honda Accord does not offer any type of all-wheel drive system, a huge disadvantage for New England drivers accustomed to snowy conditions.

Car and Driver sums up the 2020 Legacy vs 2020 Accord this way:

"The quiet and plush Subaru excels at ride comfort, even over the roughest patches of pavement, although the Accord is plenty compliant in this regard as well.

[The 2020 Legacy] is now more comfortable and refined, and it offers one of the smoothest rides in the segment. It also performs well, remains the only mid-size sedan with standard all-wheel drive, and it offers the largest touchscreen in the class."


Consider one other significant difference between the 2020 Subaru Legacy and 2020 Honda Accord - Subaru X-Factor. Why is "Love. It's what makes a Subaru a Subaru" real? Why are Subaru owners so passionate and loyal? The answer, it seems, is social responsibility.

Torque News, an automotive news site, described Subaru and its customers this way.  "Subaru has created a brand image that's about building all-wheel-drive vehicles with a "go-anywhere" attitude, developed for people with active lifestyles, cars that are reliable, and a company that cares about the same issues their customers are concerned about. Consumers want to feel like they're part of something bigger than themselves, and Subaru excels at this."

The Subaru Love Promise is Subaru's vision to show love and respect to all people at every interaction with Subaru. Subaru is dedicated to making the world a better place and believes in being a positive force in the communities where we live and work with actions that set an example for others to follow. We believe in building lifelong relationships with our customers, earning their trust and exceeding their expectations by providing customer service with integrity and compassion.

It's our aim to spread the Love Promise as far as possible. That's why we work with a diverse range of organizations. Many of them fall under one of these areas of focus.


Over the past 12 years, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $170 million to charity, with customers choosing between four national charities including ASPCA, Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels and the National Park Foundation as well as thousands of local charities. At Center Subaru, we are committed to supporting our community and helping kids grow and thrive by choosing the the Northwestern CT YMCA as our Share the Love charity.  To date, Center Subaru has donated over $308,000 to the Y.

The easiest way to describe THE X-FACTOR is by comparing Subaru commercials vs. Honda commercials. Subaru features the "Barkley" dog family in situations that you could easily see yourself in! Can you even remember what the last Honda ad you saw was about?

Both vehicles are made in the U.S - the Subaru Legacy in Lafayette, Indiana and Honda Accord in Ohio. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants, and the Subaru of Indiana Automotive Plant is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation - one of the great success stories in sustainability that makes other auto manufacturers green with envy.

While both vehicles seem like great choices, only the 2020 Subaru Legacy offers more value with a quiet, comfortable interior, symmetrical AWD, a lower price tag and the feeling that you are part of something GREAT! Don't take our word for it, schedule a test drive at Center Subaru and decide for yourself.
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