2020 Subaru Legacy vs Ford Fusion Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

Subaru has been producing the Legacy for more than 30 years, and it's now better than ever. Completely redesigned for 2020, this midsize sedan provides luxury, capability, and cutting-edge technology at a price you're sure to love. Try as they might, competitors like the Ford Fusion simply can't match what the Subaru Legacy has to offer. On this page, we pit these two cars against each other in a head-to-head comparison so you can see for yourself what makes the Subaru Legacy so impressive.

Rear seats of a 2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Ford Fusion: Interior Space & Comfort

These are both midsize cars, so you can expect a fair amount of room for passengers to stretch out. The standard 102.8 cubic feet of passenger volume in the Ford Fusion may seem impressive enough, but the Subaru Legacy outdoes it. The cabin of the 2020 Subaru Legacy has 105.5 cubic feet of space! Of course, there's more to comfort than space alone, and the Subaru Legacy once again delivers. Though these cars may appear similar at the entry level, the 2020 Subaru Legacy offers available upgrades you won't find in any 2020 Ford Fusion, including heated second-row seats.


11.6-inch touchscreen in a 2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Ford Fusion: Infotainment

In an age where even most entry-level cars get a touchscreen of some kind, Ford is living in the past. The base Ford Fusion trim comes with a 4.2-inch LCD screen in the center stack. An 8-inch touchscreen is an available upgrade only, which will cost you more. While Ford drags its feet on infotainment innovation, Subaru is one of the leaders. The entry-level 2020 Subaru Legacy has two 7-inch touchscreens. Choose any other trim level and you'll get an 11.6-inch touchscreen!

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2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Ford Fusion: Performance

The Subaru Legacy offers two engine choices, while the Ford Fusion offers three. However, the Subaru engines are the better choice. In the Ford Fusion, the 1.5L I4 generates 181 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.5L engine puts out 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The entry-level engine in the Subaru Legacy, on the other hand, generates 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, while getting better gas mileage than either Ford Fusion engine. For even more power, the 2020 Ford Fusion offers a 2-liter EcoBoost engine that generates 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This is impressive . . . until you see the available engine in the Subaru Legacy, which generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.

It's not only power that makes the Subaru engine better. Unlike the inline engines you'll find in the Ford Fusion, those in the Subaru Legacy are BOXER® engines. That means that they're symmetrical and horizontally opposed, giving the Legacy a smooth ride and a lower center of gravity. And, while the Ford Fusion is one of the only sedans that offers available all-wheel drive, the Subaru Legacy does even better: Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard in every 2020 Subaru Legacy.


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2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Ford Fusion: Safety Ratings

When it comes to safety, Subaru has your back. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2020 Subaru Legacy its most prestigious honor, the 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2020 Ford Fusion, on the other hand, received no IIHS awards at all. Similarly, the 2020 Subaru Legacy earned a perfect five-star rating in every category tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Take a look at the NHTSA ratings for the 2020 Ford Fusion and you'll find four-star ratings in both the Frontal Crash and Rollover categories.


Subaru Legacy with adaptive cruise control

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Ford Fusion: Safety Technology

Whether you choose the Subaru Legacy or the Ford Fusion, you'll get the extra protection that comes with pre-collision braking, lane departure/sway warning, and lane keep assist. However, the 2020 Subaru Legacy also comes standard with adaptive cruise control, which helps you keep a safe distance from other cars when you're using cruise control. This is an available upgrade only in the Ford Fusion. The 2020 Subaru Legacy comes standard with LED headlights, and it also offers LED Steering Responsive Headlights that make turning in the dark safer. Choose the base Ford Fusion and you'll get halogen headlights, with no steering responsive headlights available at all.

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2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Ford Fusion: Value

Having seen how much more the 2020 Subaru Legacy offers than the 2020 Ford Fusion, you might assume that the Legacy costs more. In fact, just the opposite is true! The entry-level 2020 Subaru Legacy has a starting MSRP that's over $400 less than that of the 2020 Ford Fusion. Keep in mind, this is for an entry-level Fusion with front-wheel drive. With value like that, the 2020 Subaru Legacy is a natural choice.

2020 Subaru Legacy2020 Ford Fusion
$22,745Starting MSRP*$23,170
27 City / 35 Highway MPGStandard Fuel Economy21 City / 31 Highway MPG
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
182Standard Horsepower175
260Max Available Horsepower245
StandardMultimedia TouchscreenAvailable Upgrade
StandardApple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™Available Upgrade
StandardLED HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
2020 Top Safety Pick+IIHS Safety AwardsNone

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.