When comparing two sedans like the 2019 Subaru Legacy and the 2019 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 the Montclair, Clifton, and Bloomfield areas, we looked at both the 2019 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 the 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 its low center of gravity helping it reach 175 horsepower. The Chevy Malibu engine only reaches 160 horsepower, making the Legacy's engine a more powerful piece of equipment.

Legacy vs Malibu: Space and Seating

Both cars can hold five passengers, but it's the amount of interior space where they really differ. The Subaru Legacy features 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 41.5 inches of legroom for its front passengers.

Technology and Entertainment

When it comes to technological amenities, the Subaru Legacy features an 8-inch Subaru STARLINK™ multimedia high-resolution touchscreen, which aids the driver in controlling a full suite of features, including:

  • HD Radio™
  • Bluetooth® with hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™

The Chevy Malibu's entertainment center also features its own infotainment display with Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity, and music and app integration services. Also included is the Harmon Kardon® premium audio system, which comes standard on higher trims.  

Safety Features

For control, both the 2019 Subaru Legacy and the Chevy Malibu feature a four-wheel anti-lock braking system with Traction Control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and a rear-vision camera.

Regarding collision protection, the Subaru Legacy provides the Subaru advanced frontal airbag system and side-curtain airbags, along with a STARLINK™ safety and security system offering enhanced roadside assistance. For its part, the Chevy Malibu only features dual front/rear side mounted airbags and front/rear head airbags.

Subaru Legacy vs Chevy Malibu?

You've learned a lot about both vehicles and how they differ. With engine power, spacious 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 2019 Subaru Legacy today at Lynnes Subaru, proudly serving drivers like you throughout Montclair, Clifton, and Bloomfield.

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