2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Toyota Camry Midsize Car Comparison in Shingle Springs, CA

When it comes to midsize sedans, the Toyota Camry is certainly one of the most recognizable. But despite its status as a household name, the Toyota Camry is a bit lacking when it's compared to the Subaru Legacy. This midsize sedan from Subaru boasts not just superior capability, but a level of comfort, refinement, and longevity that Toyota simply can't match. Below, we'll compare these two midsize sedans so you can see just why the Subaru Legacy is a worthy competitor.

Subaru Legacy interior

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Toyota Camry: Space & Comfort

These may both be midsize sedans, but the Subaru Legacy feels almost more like a large car when you step inside. That's because it has 105.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, as well as a 15.1-cubic-foot trunk. The 2020 Toyota Camry, on the other hand, feels a bit cramped with 100.4 cubic feet of passenger space and a 14.1-cubic-foot trunk. The passenger volume in the Toyota Camry is barely more than the space you'll find in the Subaru Impreza, the compact car by Subaru! But the design differences don't stop there. Heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control are standard on all but the entry-level Subaru Legacy; to get the same features in the Toyota Camry, you have to upgrade several trim levels.


11.6-inch touchscreen in a Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Toyota Camry: Infotainment

At the entry level, the Toyota Camry comes with one 7-inch touchscreen, but you can upgrade to an 8-inch touchscreen. The 2020 Subaru Legacy makes that look downright quaint. The entry-level model has two 7-inch touchscreens; upgrade beyond that and you'll get one massive, high-definition 11.6-inch touchscreen! No matter which Subaru Legacy you choose, you'll also get the benefit of cloud-based applications like Chimani, EVE Home Automation, and eBird. These aren't available in the Toyota Camry.


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2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Toyota Camry: Performance

Both the Subaru Legacy and the Toyota Camry offer two engine options. It's true that the engines in the Toyota Camry offer more horsepower than the equivalent engines in the Subaru Legacy, but horsepower is just the start of the equation. While the Camry has either an inline-4 or a V6 engine, both engine choices in the Legacy are SUBARU BOXER® engines. In practice, this means that handling will be improved thanks to the horizontal design and low placement in the engine compartment. What's more, the flat design of the engine can help cancel out some of the noise and vibration that engines can produce. For even better handling and traction, the 2020 Subaru Legacy also comes standard with all-wheel drive. While the 2020 Toyota Camry is available with AWD, it is a pricey upgrade rather than a standard feature.


Subaru Legacy headlights close-up

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Toyota Camry: Safety

Both the Subaru Legacy and the Toyota Camry are safe cars, and the experts agree. The NHTSA gave both of these sedans perfect five-star ratings across the board, and they've both earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety! Though there are many similarities, the Subaru Legacy does offer a few advantages. LED Steering Responsive Headlights are an available upgrade in the Subaru Legacy; these improve visibility when you're turning corners in the dark. In addition, the Subaru Legacy offers a distraction mitigation feature, which is lacking in the Toyota Camry.


Subaru Legacy trunk spoiler

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Toyota Camry: Value

Not only can the Subaru Legacy stand toe-to-toe with the Toyota Camry, but it costs less! The starting MSRP for the 2020 Subaru Legacy is nearly $1,700 less than that of the 2020 Toyota Camry. This means that you'll be able to save more with Subaru, whether you keep the extra money or put it towards vehicle upgrades.

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2020 Subaru Legacy2020 Toyota Camry
$22,745Starting MSRP*$24,425
182Horsepower203
176 lb-ftTorque184
27 City MPG / 35 Highway MPGGas Mileage29 City MPG / 41 Highway MPG
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable
105.5 cu. ft.Passenger Volume100.4 cu. ft.
15.1 cu. ft.Trunk Volume14.1 cu. ft.
12-Speaker Harman Kardon SystemAvailable Audio System9-Speaker JBL® System
11.6 InchesAvailable Touchscreen Size8 Inches
AvailableDistraction Mitigation SystemNot Available

*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.