October 1, 2018
At face value, many competing cars seem remarkably similar. That statement is definitely true when comparing the 2018 Honda Accord versus the 2018 Subaru Legacy. Both cars maintain the same general appearance, feel, and price point. However, when you dig more deeply, differences begin to emerge that can help buyers make the best choice for themselves and their families. Let’s take a look at some important categories.
When it comes to performance, the re-configured 2018 Honda Accord continues to deliver a knockout blow to the competition. The Accord offers a noticeably punchier drive with higher horsepower and more powerful torque. The result is an engine that grips, rips, zips better than the more conservative engine of the 2018 Legacy.
The margin distinguishing the Accord from the Legacy on the fuel economy front is small enough to be considered negligible. The Accord tends to deliver an ever-so-slightly better mpg rating on city streets, whereas the Legacy seeks out a small fuel economy victory on the highway. However, neither is enough to differentiate these vehicles.
The Legacy is no slouch in the interior – it is roomy and utilizes quality materials to provide a comfortable ride. But the redesigned Accord offers slightly more space and a robust list of new tech features, including LED headlights, ventilated front seats, 8.0-inch central touchscreen, state-of-the-art safety features, and a few others. Because of its space advantage, and because of its spruced up freshness, the Accord narrowly wins this category.
For basic trim levels, both models straddle the baseline MSRP price point of roughly $23,000, with many Accords dipping slightly under that plateau. Furthermore, the fuel economy and resale value are similar for both vehicles, meaning there is no true financial advantage when choosing between the the ’18 Accord or the ’18 Legacy.
Neither vehicle is particularly inspiring from an aesthetics point of view. However, points are awarded to the 2018 Accord for daring to re-invigorate its look. The body length is longer this year, and the profile seems sleeker and more aerodynamic.
When comparing the Accord the Legacy, there’s really no significant financial difference between the two vehicles. Therefore one must consider comfort and performance, and in both of the cases, the 2018 Accord can be declared the champion. Call Dick Hannah Honda today to schedule a test-drive if you’d like to reach the same conclusion for yourself!
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.