2017 Subaru Legacy


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2017 Subaru Legacy

2017 Hyundai Sonata

Base Engine on Sport trims

2.5-liter four cylinder

2.4-liter four cylinder

Drivetrain System on Sport trim

Four-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Transmission on Sport trim

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Six-speed shiftable automatic

Keyless Ignition on the Sport trim



Heated/cooled seats on the Sport trim



2017 Subaru Legacy vs 2017 Hyundai Sonata near Philadelphia, PA

If you are looking for a mid-size sedan that comfortably seats five passengers and offers good fuel economy, there are a lot of options in this class. Two choices that are noteworthy are the 2017 Subaru Legacy and the 2017 Hyundai Sonata. The 2017 Subaru Legacy offers impeccable traction in all kinds of weather with its all-wheel drive system, and it still maintains excellent fuel economy. With its high scores in crash tests and advanced safety features, the Subaru Legacy has a solid reputation for safety. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata offers a host of features and also scored well in government crash tests, but it does not offer all-wheel drive. It is an economical choice within this class. If you are curious about how these two vehicles measure up, keep reading to find out!

2017 Subaru Legacy Power & Handling

The 2017 Legacy offers two engines, depending on whether you select the 2.5i or the 3.6R trim. All-wheel drive is standard across the entire lineup, and so is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The 2.5i trim has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the 3.6R trim has a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine. The 3.6-liter offers increased power and the horsepower and torque is rated at 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for these engines averages at 29 mpg combined for the 2.5-liter engine and 23 mpg combined for the 3.6-liter engine.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Power & Handling

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata offers three types of engines depending on the trim. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder which is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for this engine is similar to the Legacy's with 29 mpg combined. There are also two turbocharged engines. Fuel economy for the turbocharged engines averages between 26-31 mpg combined. Although the gas mileage for the turbocharged engines may seem better than the Subaru's 3.6-liter engine, they have less horsepower, and they do not power all four wheels.

2017 Subaru Legacy Features & Design

The Subaru Legacy's base model comes with a host of features not always included as standard. For example, it includes 17-inch wheels, A/C, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 6.2-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, satellite radio, the previously noted all-wheel drive system, and more. At the highest trim level, the 3.6R, there are numerous luxury and high-tech features that provide safety, convenience, and comfort. For example, you'll find dual chrome exhaust outlets, automatic folding side mirrors with built-in turn signals, a memory power driver's seat, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, an upgraded six-cylinder engine, navigation, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and more.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Features & Design

The Hyundai Sonata's base trim comes with smaller 16-inch wheels, a rearview camera, standard headlights, A/C, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, satellite radio, a 6-way manual passenger seat, and more. The Sonata's highest trim, the Limited 2.0T, has upgrades similar to the Sonata, such as a memory power driver's seat and leather seating, but its higher-end audio system has only nine-speakers. The engine upgrade is still a four-cylinder engine, although it is turbo-boosted.


Overall, if you are looking for a sedan that can offer better traction on the road without sacrificing fuel economy, the 2017 Subaru Legacy is the best choice. With all-wheel drive standard across the board, you can have extra peace of mind on the road in inclement weather. The Hyundai Sonata does share many of the same interior features as the Subaru, but it does not offer all-wheel drive. Its turbo engines also have less horsepower than the Legacy's six-cylinder engine. We recommend the 2017 Subaru Legacy for your next sedan purchase. Come find out for yourself with a test drive at our dealership.

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