2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Subaru Legacy

Both leaders in their own respective brands, the 2020 Nissan Altima and 2020 Subaru Legacy each hold high standards for drivers looking for the right mid-size sedan. However, each model holds unique differences that can be advantageous to the common driver. With our 2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Subaru Legacy comparison, we will see how these two popular cars contrast with each other.

2020 Nissan Altima


2020 Subaru Legacy

2.5L 4-Cylinder Engine with 188 Horsepower and 180 Lb-Ft of Torque

2.0L VC-Turbo™ Engine with 236 Horsepower and 267 Lb-Ft of Torque
Engine Options

2.5L Engine with 182 Horsepower and 176 Lb-Ft of Torque

2.4L Turbocharged Engine with 260 Horsepower and 277 Lb-Ft of Torque
Up to 28 City MPG* and 39 Highway MPG* Fuel Economy Up to 27 City MPG and 35 Highway MPG
Standard Proximity Key Available
Available Parking Assist Not Available


Advantages of the 2020 Nissan Altima Mid-Size Sedan

In general, the 2020 Subaru Legacy is a fantastic rival to the 2020 Nissan Altima. Reviewing the powertrains of each, the Legacy offers a weaker standard engine but a stronger available engine. Despite the slight difference in power, the Altima still provides plenty of strength to make the ride feel sporty.

While the Legacy holds the advantage for maximum horsepower and torque, the 2020 Nissan Altima holds numerous advantages regarding efficiency and convenience. For example, the fuel economy for the Altima reaches up to 28 city mpg* and 39 highway mpg*, helping drivers save far more fuel than with the Legacy. Not only that, but the available VC-Turbo™ engine in the Altima adapts to your driving with a variable compression ratio. When the engine doesn’t require much power, it automatically increases its compression ratio, thus saving you fuel. Overall, this engine provides the perfect blend of power and efficiency. Regarding convenience, the 2020 Nissan Altima offers the Nissan Intelligent Key standard, offering keyless entry and push-button start. Legacy drivers will be forced to upgrade to a higher trim to enjoy the same feature. Also, Parking Assist is available in the Altima to help drivers navigate tight parking spots. Unfortunately for Legacy drivers, this isn’t an option at all.

Curious to learn more about the 2020 Nissan Altima? Reach out to our staff here at Sheehy Nissan of Manassas and we will help you find the Altima that’s best for your needs.

*2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 28 City MPG/39 Highway MPG/32 Combined MPG for Altima® S, SV, SL FWD; 26 City MPG/36 Highway MPG/30 Combined MPG for Altima S, SV, SL AWD; 27 City MPG/37 Highway MPG/31 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum FWD; 25 City MPG/35 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum AWD; 25 City MPG/34 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum VC-Turbo FWD. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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Passenger angle of a red 2020 Nissan Altima
Front interior in the 2020 Nissan Altima
Front angle of a blue 2020 Nissan Altima driving on a road