2016 Subaru Legacy vs Honda Accord

The 2016 Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord are excellent mid-size sedans that deliver family-friendly space and world-class fuel economy. They’re both incredibly popular among drivers who crave optimal safety and the latest tech features. If you’re wondering which model is right for you, check out our side-by-side comparison.

2016 Subaru Legacy vs Honda Accord


Here we like the 2016 Subaru Legacy. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. It also earns your trust with high-tech features like the forward collision mitigation system, which can actively apply the brakes if necessary. Subaru’s EyeSight bundle adds a layer of security with features, including lane departure intervention.

The Honda Accord might be the runner-up, but it still manages to impress. In addition to earning top crash test scores, it also provides a wealth of vigilance-boosting driver aids. The LaneWatch blind-spot system camera displays the Accord’s passenger side as you switch lanes. The rearview camera makes backing up a simple task.

Power and Performance

Like its fellow Subarus, the 2016 Subaru Legacy comes standard with all-wheel drive and an athletic, horizontally opposed boxer engine, making it our pick for power. Its four-cylinder engine produces 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, but it’s also impressively fuel-efficient, earning 26 city/29 highway mpg.

The Honda Accord doesn’t offer all-wheel drive, but it does provide ample fuel economy. Its base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated for 185 horses and 181 pound-feet of torque. Use it to earn up to 27/37 mpg.

Interior Luxury

Here the Honda Accord takes a narrow lead. The cabin feels upscale, thanks in part to its high-quality materials and roomy seating. From behind the wheel, you’ll enjoy excellent visibility and plenty of support. At highway speeds, the Accord remains as hushed as a luxury car.

The 2016 Subaru Legacy was tough to beat, thanks to its clean, classic design and passenger comfort features. Head- and legroom is in abundance, making the Legacy a great pick for tall drivers. The trunk offers 15 cubic feet of cargo space – more than enough for your sports gear and weekend bags.

Passenger Convenience

Once again, the 2016 Subaru Legacy is our top pick. Its Starlink infotainment system is intuitive and provides smartphone integration features like hands-free calling. Keyless entry and ignition help you make a quick exit from any parking lot. The 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system treats you to premium sound.

This year, the Honda Accord introduces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for increased smartphone integration features. Heated and ventilated front seats come in handy when the weather is less than ideal. Use the in-car USB port to charge your favorite devices.

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2016 Subaru Legacy vs Honda Accord

Both the 2016 Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord sedans are big on family-friendly features, but we like the Subaru Legacy’s all-around style. Inside, the cavernous cabin gives you plenty of room to spread out. Seating is plush and supportive. High-tech gadgets give you the infotainment features you crave and maximize passenger protection. On the road, the Legacy is smooth and powerful. Standard all-wheel drive enhances overall performance. Take the Legacy out for a test drive today!