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Honda Accord vs. Subaru Legacy

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Honda Accord

$375
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Subaru Legacy

$626
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda Accord Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $375 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Accord is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Subaru Legacy Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 15th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $626 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the Legacy.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$375
inexpensive
expensive
$626
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.35
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(29)
4
(96)
3
(62)
2
(29)
1
(8)
The Honda Accord ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.
“I am the first to admit I am a terrible car owner. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about maintenance and repairs. Thankfully, I have a vehicle that runs reasonably well despite me turning a bl...”
“I am the first to admit I am a terrible car owner. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about mai...”
5
(4)
4
(16)
3
(6)
2
(3)
1
(1)
The Subaru Legacy ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in engine.
“Struts are rubbing making noise when going over small dips or heaves in the road. Dealer says they all make noise in the cold. Bs. My 2002 subaru doesn't make any noise.”
“Struts are rubbing making noise when going over small dips or heaves in the road. Dealer says the...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Honda Accord and the Subaru Legacy are both midsize, four-door sedans. One major difference between these cars is in their drive systems. The Accord comes with front-wheel drive, while the Legacy comes standard with all-wheel drive. If you have to deal with snow and ice each winter, the advantage of all-wheel drive may make a big difference to you.

When it comes to power, the Honda Accord and the Subaru Legacy are fairly close. The standard engine in the Accord has 192 horsepower, while the Legacy comes with a slightly lower 175 horsepower standard. The Accord’s optional engine has an output of 252 horsepower, while the Legacy’s power upgrade is similar, with 256 horsepower.

The Honda Accord offers many advantages in this comparison. It’s a brand-new design on a brand-new platform, while the Legacy was last updated back in 2015. The Accord also offers the latest driver assistance technologies as standard equipment, including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist. The Accord is very smooth, refined and enjoyable to drive. It sets a new bar for midsize sedans.

Unless you need the security of all-wheel drive in your midsize sedan, the Honda Accord is the clear choice over the Subaru Legacy.

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