2017 Nissan Altima
  Nissan Altima
 Subaru Legacy
 Starting MSRP
 $23,385 $23,055
 City/HWY Fuel Economy
 27/39 25/34
 All-Wheel Drive
 Not Available
 Passenger Space (cu. ft.)
 101.9 104.6

*While the Altima has a better fuel mileage estimate, it does not offer AWD, which affects MPG estimates. In our opinion, we'd rather have the peace of mind of all-wheel drive with the weather we experience here in the Salt Lake area. After all, mpg hardly matters if you can't reach your destination to begin with!

The Subaru Legacy VS The Nissan Altima

Getting all the facts is an important step when researching what car you think you want to drive. You want to know what kind of gas miles goes it get, is it safe, what features do its offer, and what does the competition have to offer. There is nothing worse than getting home and realizing that there was better deal and second guessing your purchase. Mark Miller Subaru of Midtown wants to help all of our customers in the Salt Lake City area make a well informed car buying decision which is why we have compared the 2018 Subaru Legacy to the Nissan Altima so our customers can easily see where the competition stands.


Here in Salt Lake City drivers need a car for all seasons and right out of the gate the Subaru Legacy is offer to a great start. Every Subaru vehicle is equipped with Subaru's legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. The Nissan Altima is only offered as a front-wheel drive vehicle with no all-wheel drive option available. The Legacy will get you to the mountain so you can enjoy the best powered days all season long by optimizing traction and balance no matter the conditions. Every Legacy is also equipped with standard Traction Control system and Active Torque Vectoring for enhanced control, better handling, and sharper turning.

Subaru Legacy Performance in Winter

Subaru Legacy EyeSight

Advanced Safety

Getting from point A to point B safely is what every driver aims for every time they get behind the wheel and again the Subaru Legacy comes out on top. Not only does the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive ensure that your Legacy has the traction and control to get through snowy winter storms. But Subaru EyeSight driver assist technology watches and reacts to reduce collisions. Almost every 2018 Legacy is available with EyeSight technology which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning, Pre-Collision Braking, and Pre-Collision Throttle Management. Two other safety feature that only the Legacy has to offer is LED steering responsive headlights with High Beam Assist and Starlink Safety and Security connected services which can call for help in the event of a collision. The Altima offers blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert on some of its upper level trims. But many of the same features are only available as packages on select trims or not offered at all.

Technology Features

Like most drivers in the Salt Lake City area you spend a lot of time in your vehicle every day. Commuting to work, dropping the kids off at school, running errands around town and much more. So enjoy every trip with the Legacy's standard STARLINK 6.5-inch or 8-inch Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Pandora and Aha smartphone integrations.

The Altima offers a 5-inch color screen on most of its trim levels not including the base trim. Or you can upgrade to a 7-inch audio system that is part of a package.

Have an iPhone? Have you been eager to try out the new Apple CarPlay feature available in select vehicles? Out of these two competitors, only the Subaru Legacy offers Apple CarPlay.

2018 Subaru Legacy STARLINK Multimedia System

2018 Subaru Legacy Interior

Interior Space & Style

Drivers want a car that is stylish and eye catching, but also want a vehicle that offers comfortable seating for all of their passengers. The Subaru Legacy offers both. The recently refreshed style of the Legacy gives it a sleeker profile while still being bold and sporty.

Inside the Legacy is a roomy 104.6 cubic feet of passenger space, 38.1 inches of rear legroom, and either premium cloth or leather finishes. You passengers may be a little cramped in the Nissan Altima with only 101.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 36.1 inches of rear legroom.

If transporting a family, friends or coworkers is on the agenda, the Subaru Legacy just makes sense for their ultimate comfort.


At the end of the day it all comes down to price. The last area where the Subaru Legacy outshines the Nissan Altima is its starting MSRP and overall value. The Altima has a starting MSRP of $23,385 while the Legacy starts at $23,055. But with the Legacy, you are getting more for less. Subarus are also known to easily run to 200,000-miles or more which gives them a better resale value.

Visit Our Subaru Dealership in Salt Lake City, UT Today!

The best way to familiarize yourself with everything that the 2018 Subaru Legacy has to offer is to come down to Mark Miller Subaru Midtown at 3535 S State Street and go for a test drive.