A midsize sedan, like the Subaru Legacy or Hyundai Sonata is the kind of versatile car that's great for everything from your daily commute to long road trips. So, which one has all the specs and features you're looking for?

To show you what each one has to offer and help drivers and families in Ithaca decide, Maguire Subaru put this Subaru Legacy vs. Hyundai Sonata comparison together.

Subaru Legacy vs Hyundai Sonata Specs

Both the Subaru Legacy and Hyundai Sonata deliver a smooth and efficient ride. While each one offers a few powertrains, the Legacy starts things off with a 2.5L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that gets up to 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.

This engine features an Active Valve Control System and works with a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Together, they help it get up to an EPA-estimated 25 MPG city and 34 MPG highway.

The Hyundai Sonata has a similar output and gas mileage. It runs on a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. This works a 6-speed automatic transmission that helps it get up to an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.

Subaru Legacy vs Hyundai Sonata Interior


The Subaru Legacy and Hyundai Sonata both offer seating for up to five people. Each sedan offers both cloth and leather seats. With either upholstery, you can relax behind the wheel. The interior of each car offers heated front seats, power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, and lots of space to stretch out.


Subaru Legacy

Hyundai Sonata

Passenger Room

104.6 cubic feet

106.1 cubic feet

Headroom (front/rear)

40.0 inches/37.0 inches

40.4 inches/38.0 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

42.9 inches/38.1 inches

45.5 inches/35.6 inches

Shoulder Room (front/rear)

58.1 inches/57.3 inches

57.9 inches/56.5 inches


For easy access to the trunk, or extending the cargo room, there are standard 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks. In the Legacy you'll have 15.0 cubic feet of trunk space, while the Hyundai Sonata has a 16.3 cubic feet of cargo room.

Subaru Legacy vs Hyundai Sonata Safety

The Subaru Legacy offers peace of mind with standard all-wheel drive and eight airbags, including side-curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats. There are also lots of driver assistance features. A Rear-Vision Camera can help you check behind your car when you're backing up, while the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology system can prevent accidents with features like:

  • Pre-collision braking system
  • Lane keep assist functions
  • Lane departure and sway warning
  • Adaptive cruise control

The Hyundai Sonata offers lots of similar driver assistance features, including a standard rearview camera. It also keeps you safe inside with side-curtain airbags. While it's only available with front-wheel drive, it does offer a safe ride with a standard Traction Control System and Vehicle Stability Management system.

With their safety features, airbag systems, and reliable drivetrains, both were named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Test Drive a Midsize Sedan

Visit Maguire Subaru to test drive a safe, efficient and comfortable midsize sedan. Both options offer peace of mind and great fuel economy to drivers and families in Ithaca. To learn more about this Subaru Legacy vs. Hyundai Sonata comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.

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