2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Subaru Legacy

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Subaru Legacy doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Legacy doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Legacy only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Camry and the Legacy have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Subaru Legacy:

Camry

Legacy

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

27%

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

42 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

27%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

153 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

88 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Subaru Legacy:

Camry

Legacy

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

17 inches

HIC

164

211

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

736 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Subaru doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Legacy.

There are almost 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Subaru is ranked fourth.

Engine

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The Camry has more powerful engines than the Legacy:

Horsepower

Torque

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

Legacy 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

174 lbs.-ft.

Legacy 3.6R Limited 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

256 HP

247 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Camry 4 cyl. is faster than the Legacy 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.:

Camry

Legacy

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

10.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

82.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the Legacy:

Camry

Legacy

2.5 4 cyl. (203 HP)/8-spd. Auto

29 city/41 hwy

25 city/34 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

2.5 4 cyl. (203 HP)/8-spd. Auto LE/SE

28 city/39 hwy

n/a

2.5 4 cyl. (206 HP)/8-spd. Auto XLE/XSE

27 city/38 hwy

n/a

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto

22 city/33 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

3.6 6 cyl./Auto

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto XSE

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto TRD

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Camry’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Legacy:

Camry

Camry TRD

Legacy 2.5i

Legacy 3.6R Limited

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.9 inches

11.6 inches

12.4 inches

The Camry stops shorter than the Legacy:

Camry

Legacy

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

128 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camry SE/XLE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Legacy (235/45R18 vs. 225/55R17).

The Camry XSE/TRD’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Legacy Sport/Limited’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camry XSE/TRD has standard 19-inch wheels. The Legacy’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Legacy’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camry’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Legacy (111.2 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The Camry SE handles at .88 G’s, while the Legacy 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Legacy 2.5i Limited (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the Subaru Legacy.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the Legacy 3.6R Limited:

Camry

Legacy

At idle

41 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Camry to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Subaru doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Legacy.

Ergonomics

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The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Legacy doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Camry and the Legacy have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Camry is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Legacy prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Camry’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Legacy’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Legacy Premium//Limited’s optional power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Camry the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Legacy can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Legacy’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camry XLE/XSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Legacy doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Camry (except L/TRD) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Legacy doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the Legacy because it costs $327 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Camry than the Legacy, including $7 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Camry and the Subaru Legacy, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Legacy isn’t in the top three.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Subaru Legacy by almost ten to one during the 2019 model year.

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