Son's Automotive Group Compares 2018 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2018 Subaru Legacy Near Tucker, GA

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

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2018 Subaru Legacy

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Legacy’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Accord’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Legacy doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Accord and the Legacy have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 66 percent more Honda dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accord’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (192 vs. 175) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 174) than the Legacy 2.5i’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 247) than the Legacy 3.6R Limited’s standard 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda Accord 1.5T is faster than the Legacy 2.5i (automatics tested):

 

Accord

Legacy

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

10.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

82.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord gets better fuel mileage than the Legacy:

 

 

Accord

Legacy

 

 

1.5T/Manual

26 city/35 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0T/Manual

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5T/Auto

30 city/38 hwy

25 city/34 hwy

2.5i/Auto

 

Sport/Touring 1.5T/Auto

29 city/35 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0T/Auto

23 city/34 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

3.6R/Auto

 

Sport/Touring 2.0T/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

The Accord has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Legacy doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord stops much shorter than the Legacy:

 

Accord

Legacy

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Accord Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Legacy (235/40R19 vs. 225/55R17).

The Accord’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Legacy 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 55 series tires. The Accord Sport/Touring’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Legacy Sport/Limited’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accord Sport/Touring has standard 19-inch wheels. The Legacy’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Legacy’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accord’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the Legacy (111.4 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The Accord Sport handles at .90 G’s, while the Legacy 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Accord Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Legacy 2.5i Limited (26.4 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Subaru Legacy.

The Accord uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Legacy doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Accord Touring is quieter than the Legacy 3.6R Limited (40 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accord a Large car, while the Legacy is rated a Mid-size.

The Accord has .2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 2.3 inches more rear legroom than the Legacy.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord has a much larger trunk than the Legacy (16.7 vs. 15 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord offers cargo security. The Legacy’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Accord EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Legacy doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Accord Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Legacy doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Accord’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Legacy’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Legacy Premium//Limited’s optional windows’ rear windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Accord the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Legacy can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Accord’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Legacy’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Accord Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Consumer Reports rated the Accord’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Legacy’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

When the Accord Touring is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Legacy’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Accord Touring keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Legacy doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Accord has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Legacy Premium/Sport/Limited.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord is less expensive to operate than the Legacy because it costs $684 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Accord than the Legacy, including $46 less for a water pump, $11 less for front brake pads, $67 less for front struts and $198 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda Accord and the Subaru Legacy, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” 2018 and for 22 of the last 24 years. The Legacy has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Accord 2.0T Sport was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Legacy hasn’t been picked since 2006.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Accord as the 2018 North American Car of the Year. The Legacy has never been chosen.

The Honda Accord outsold the Subaru Legacy by over six to one during 2017.

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