2016 Subaru Legacy vs. 2016 Chevy Malibu

When comparing two sedans like the 2016 Subaru Legacy and the 2016 Chevy Malibu, there are a lot of things to consider when making a decision. You want to know that the car you prefer has a powerful engine, a spacious cabin, excellent technological amenities, and great safety features.

For drivers like you in Montclair, Clifton, and Bloomfield area, we looked at both the Subaru Legacy and the Chevy Malibu. In this vehicle comparison, we discuss the specifications of the base trim models. We hope that at the end, you'll have your mind made up.

Subaru Legacy vs. Chevy Malibu: Power and Performance

These two vehicles are often compared given that they're both sedans. However, they have noticeably different engines. The Subaru Legacy features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Subaru BOXER® engine with Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission, while the Chevy Malibu has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine.

The Subaru BOXER® engine is a flat-laying engine that reduces vibrations with is low center of gravity. It can reach 175 horsepower. The Chevy Malibu engine only reaches 163 horsepower, making the Legacy's engine a more powerful piece of equipment.

Legacy vs. Malibu Space and Seating

Both of these cars can hold five passengers, but it's the amount of interior space where they really differ. The Subaru Legacy features a 40 inches of headroom and 42.9 inches of legroom for the driver and side passenger, while the Chevy Malibu offers only 39.1 inches of headroom and 42 inches of legroom for its front passengers.

Technology and Entertainment

When it comes to technological amenities, the Subaru Legacy features the STARLINK® multimedia high-resolution touchscreen, which aids the driver in controlling the HD Radio®, CD player, and Bluetooth®. With the Bluetooth®, the Subaru Legacy offers hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming.

The Chevy Malibu's entertainment center is rather limited compared to the Subaru Legacy's, as it only features a touchscreen display with the higher trim levels. However, it does feature an AM/FM radio, auxiliary/USB inputs for external media use, and Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity. The Bluetooth® feature is only for phone use, though, in the base trim.

Safety Features

For control, both the 2016 Subaru Legacy and the Chevy Malibu feature a four-wheel anti-lock braking system with Traction Control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a rearview camera. Regarding collision protection, the Subaru Legacy offers dual-stage deployment frontal airbags, side-curtain airbags, pelvis airbags, and seat cushion airbags. The Chevy Malibu only features dual front/rear side mounted airbags and front/rear head airbags.

2016 Subaru Legacy vs. 2016 Chevy Malibu?

You've learned a lot about both of these vehicles and how they differ. With engine power, spatial comfort, technology and entertainment, and safety features, the Subaru Legacy holds the advantage. The only way to really find out what the Subaru Legacy is like is by getting behind the wheel.

Schedule a test drive for the 2016 Subaru Legacy today at Lynnes Subaru, proudly serving drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton, and Bloomfield area.

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