2016 Subaru Legacy vs. 2016 Nissan Altima

Drivers in the market for a new sedan often compare the Subaru Legacy and the Nissan Altima. If you're one of the drivers making this comparison, to help you, we're highlighting the differences between these two popular automobiles below. We'll educate drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton, and Bloomfield area about the standard features of the 2016 Subaru Legacy and the 2016 Nissan Altima.

2016 Subaru Legacy vs. 2016 Nissan Altima Engines

Both the Subaru Legacy and the Nissan Altima feature 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines with continuously variable transmission, but the Legacy has the Subaru BOXER® engine, which is a flat-laying engine with horizontal valves. It uses its low center of gravity and symmetry to add balance and power to the Subaru Legacy.

Space and Seating in the Nissan Altima and Subaru Legacy

Both the 2016 Subaru Legacy and the 2016 Nissan Altima feature cloth seating for five passengers, but the Legacy has 104.6 cubic feet of passenger space vs. the Altima's 101.9 cubic feet. This means you and passengers will have more room to stretch out and relax, especially on long rides, if you opt for the Legacy.

Technology and Entertainment

As far as technological amenities and entertainment features, the Subaru Legacy has the STARLINK™ 6.2-inch high-resolution multimedia touchscreen display. The driver can use this to access the HD Radio®, a CD player, a USB port, and the Bluetooth® hands-free system that also provides audio streaming.

The Nissan Altima features an AM/FM radio, an auxiliary input for external media use, and Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, but it doesn't have a multimedia touchscreen display or USB port with its base trim level.

For convenient entertainment, the Subaru Legacy offers more with its base trim.

Safety Features and Ratings

The 2016 Subaru Legacy and the Nissan Altima both offer a four-wheel anti-lock braking system with Traction Control. The Legacy comes with a rearview camera, but with the Altima, you can only get one on the higher trim levels.

For collision protection, both vehicles offer dual front side-mounted and front/rear airbags. However, the Legacy also offers pelvic and seat cushion airbags and has a brake override system and a collapsible energy absorbing steering column.

The Subaru Legacy received an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with five stars in every category.

The Nissan Altima performed well in NHTSA but only received three stars in side impact testing. The Altima also received a poor grade for lower leg and foot protection from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2016 Subaru Legacy vs. 2016 Nissan Altima?

In this vehicle comparison, you learned what makes both of these cars great, but you also learned the differences between them. Some important factors should help to inform your decision about which car to choose.

The Subaru Legacy offers more space for its passengers. With technology, it takes a commanding lead over the Nissan Altima. By looking at safety features and safety ratings, the 2016 Subaru Legacy has the clear advantage with its high ratings and tremendous safety features.

Overall, the Subaru Legacy has a commanding lead over the Nissan Altima. The only way you can be sure is by getting behind the wheel of the 2016 Subaru Legacy and seeing for yourself.

Schedule a test drive today at Lynnes Subaru, proudly serving the Montclair, Clifton, and Bloomfield area.

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