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Subaru Impreza vs. Subaru Legacy

When comparing the Subaru Impreza to the Subaru Legacy, the Subaru Impreza has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Subaru Legacy has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, interior volume and base engine power. The Subaru Impreza and Subaru Legacy have the same overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Subaru Impreza versus the Subaru Legacy, the Subaru Legacy is a better car than the Subaru Impreza.

Subaru Impreza versus Subaru Legacy Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Subaru Impreza ranges from $18,902 to $26,048 while a used Subaru Legacy from the same model year range is priced between $19,456 to $29,826. For a new model, the Subaru Impreza's price is between $21,590 and $28,258, with the Subaru Legacy priced between $27,081 and $38,676.

Subaru Impreza versus Subaru Legacy Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Subaru Impreza and Subaru Legacy is 8.6 out of 10. This results in the Subaru Impreza being ranked 7 out of 51 Best Small Cars and the Subaru Legacy being ranked 4 out of 13 Best Midsize Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Subaru Impreza’s base engine makes 152 horsepower, and the Subaru Legacy base engine makes 182 horsepower. The Impreza is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 409 miles. The Legacy is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 648 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Subaru Legacy, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Subaru Impreza, a compact car, has the advantage in the areas of front head room and front leg room. The Subaru Impreza and Subaru Legacy are comparable in regards to rear head room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Subaru Impreza and the Subaru Legacy have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Subaru Legacy has the better rating with a Top Safety Pick+ award compared to the Subaru Impreza’s Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Subaru Impreza

2023 Subaru Legacy

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$21,590 - $28,258

Used Asking Price:

$18,902 - $26,048

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

34%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$27,081 - $38,676

Used Asking Price:

$19,456 - $29,826

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

41.6%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.6 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

8.7 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.6 / 10

Reliability:

8.1 / 10

Retained Value:

7.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 12
6 / 51
7 / 51
17 / 51
25 / 51

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 13
4 / 13
4 / 8
7 / 13
7 / 13

Summary Review

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Pros and Cons

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Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Base, Premium, Sport

Trim Levels

Base, Premium, Limited, Sport, Touring XT

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

145 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.051 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

176 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

23 / 31 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

304 / 409 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

27 / 35 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

500 / 648 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

N/A

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.7 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Cargo Space:

12.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

112.1 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.4 inches

Cargo Space:

15.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

120.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2976 lbs

Width:

79.4 inches

Height:

57.3 inches

Length:

182.1 inches

Wheelbase:

105.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.1 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3491 lbs

Width:

81.1 inches

Height:

59.1 inches

Length:

191.1 inches

Wheelbase:

108.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.9 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

205/55R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/55R17