Subaru Legacy vs. Impreza

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, Automotive Editor - October 27, 2023
2024 Subaru Impreza

While some automakers have given up on small cars, Subaru continues to sell a few cars with the Impreza and Legacy. If you’re in the market for a car with standard all-wheel drive and numerous safety features from Subaru, you may find it difficult to choose between the two vehicles.

In this brief comparison, we’ll look into how the Subaru Impreza compares to the Legacy when it comes to pricing, fuel economy, interior style, cargo capacity, and technology. In the end, we’ll help you decide which one is right for you.

Subaru Legacy vs. Impreza Price

2023 Subaru Legacy

As the smaller of the two vehicles, the Subaru Impreza is the more affordable option. Subaru Impreza prices start at $24,085, while the most expensive Subaru Impreza costs $28,975. The cheapest Subaru Legacy starts at $25,985 and the most expensive Subaru Legacy is the Touring XT which costs $39,285.

There’s a price difference of $1,900 between the entry-level Impreza and Legacy. At the top of the range, the Impreza is $10,310 cheaper than the Legacy.

The cheaper Subaru Impreza tends to be available with better lease deals than the Legacy. Subaru offers both vehicles with similar financing rates.

Subaru Legacy vs. Impreza Fuel Efficiency

2023 Subaru Impreza Engine

While the Subaru Impreza is smaller and lighter than the Legacy, the two vehicles have similar fuel economy figures. The Impreza comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Impreza comes with AWD as standard and is rated at up to 30 mpg combined. With the larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the Impreza can get up to 29 mpg combined.

The larger Legacy comes with the Impreza’s larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as standard. A continuously variable automatic transmission is also standard. With AWD, the Legacy can get up to 30 mpg combined. The midsize sedan is available with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that brings a combined fuel economy figure of 26 mpg combined.

Subaru Legacy vs. Impreza Interior Style

2024 Subaru Impreza Dashboard

Both the Subaru Impreza and Legacy have similar interior designs, though the Legacy adds some more upscale materials into the mix. Both cars have tiered dashboard designs and are available with a vertically oriented screen that dominates the dash. The screen is flanked by vertically oriented air vents, while a few physical controls are located on the sides of the screen.

Unlike the Impreza, the Legacy is available with a two-tone interior design that gives the cabin a more premium design. Subaru also fits the Legacy with slightly higher upscale materials than the Impreza.

Compared to their rivals, neither the Impreza nor the Legacy have the same striking interior designs as their rivals. Additionally, the Impreza and Legacy also lack the same high-end materials that you’ll find in some of their competitors.

Subaru Legacy vs. Impreza Cargo Space

The Subaru Impreza is only available as a hatchback, while the Legacy is available as a sedan. The Impreza has 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Folding the rear seats down in the Impreza opens cargo capacity up to 55.3 cubic feet of space. The Legacy sedan has 15 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk.

Compared to other compact vehicles, the Impreza has one of the roomier cargo areas in the class. The Impreza’s hatchback body style, understandably, gives it a large advantage over the Legacy.

Subaru Legacy vs. Impreza Technology

2023 Subaru Legacy Dashboard

Both the Subaru Impreza and Legacy come with similar tech features. Both cars come standard with two seven-inch touchscreens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and four audio speakers.

When it comes to optional features, the Impreza and Legacy share a lot of the same features. They’re both offered with an 11.6-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone compatibility, navigation, a wireless charging pad, and a Harman Kardon audio system.

The Legacy may be more expensive than the Impreza, but it doesn’t bring any extra tech features for its higher price tag.

Subaru Legacy vs. Impreza: Which Is Better?

Shoppers on a tight budget will find that the Subaru Impreza stands out as the better choice. It’s far more affordable than the Legacy, while having similar tech features and a larger cargo area. Unfortunately, we suspect that most shoppers would be happier with the Legacy. That doesn’t make the Impreza a bad option, though.

The Legacy feels like a better option for most shoppers. It has a roomier cabin, comes with more powerful engines, has similar fuel economy, and has a slightly nicer interior than the Impreza. The Impreza may be too small for shoppers, while the Legacy feels just right.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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