2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Subaru Legacy

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Safety

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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.

Compared to metal, the Camry’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Legacy has a metal gas tank.

Both the Camry and the Legacy have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Subaru is ranked 7th.

Engine

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The Camry has more powerful engines than the Legacy:

Horsepower

Torque

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

Legacy 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

182 HP

176 lbs.-ft.

Legacy XT 2.4 turbo 4-cylinder

260 HP

277 lbs.-ft.

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

Camry

Legacy

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry L with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Legacy 2.5i CVT (29 city/41 hwy vs. 27 city/35 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Camry TRD

Legacy

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.4 inches

The Camry stops much shorter than the Legacy:

Camry

Legacy

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

141 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/Touring’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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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 TRD handles at .94 G’s, while the Legacy Sport pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Legacy Sport (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Subaru Legacy.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the Legacy Sport (72 vs. 76 dB).

Servicing Ease

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The Camry uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Legacy uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

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 rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its December 2019 issue and they ranked the Toyota Camry LE two places higher than the Subaru Legacy Sport.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Subaru Legacy by almost 10 to one during 2019.

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