How Does 2018 Honda Accord Compare to the Subaru Competition?

Family sedans are having to compete a lot harder these days, especially here in the Nashville, TN area, now that new crossovers and SUVs are beginning to catch on. Luckily, the 2018 Honda Accord isn't having to pull many punches to maintain what's now a decades-long reputation for quality, reliability, safe driving, and thinking ahead on tech. Just take a look at how it stacks up to mainstays just as long-lived in the mid-size car segment like Subaru Legacy, and you'll see what we mean -- we've made comparing both models easy.

  • For one, the latest Accord has been completely redesigned, bumper to bumper, wheel well to sleek, sloping roofline. 2018 Legacy, on the other hands, got upgrades and revisions its STARLINK infotainment systems, grille, interior style, and engine only, with 2019 models receiving little more than standard EyeSight driver-assistance technology. As "cutting-edge" goes, Accord defines it.
  • 2018 Accord incorporates a turbocharged 192-horsepower, 1.5-liter inline-four engine capable of shelling 192 pound-feet of torque, making it a prominent performer among mid-size sedans. 2019 Legacy's flat-four engine is less powerful, at 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet, and as a result, the ride's a little less engaging.
  • With a choice of six-speed manual, continuously variable, or ten-speed auto transmissions, the last featuring shift-by-wire and paddle shifters, Accord offers a gearbox to suit nearly any handling preference, from sporty and hands-on to easy-to-use and barely noticeable. Legacy, however, offers only a proprietary Lineartronic CVT.
  • Push-button start comes standard in Accord, making it easy to get up, hop in, and go. Subaru offers its own only at its trim line's midrange and in higher trims.
  • Accord is the safer bet. Honda SensingĀ® technology comes standard down the line, with systems for helping to prevent collisions, avoid road departures, warn you of potential accidents and lane drifts, keep you in-lane, adapt your speed to that of other traffic, and even recognize and inform you of local traffic signage and rules. A new Legacy may standardize EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, but it's less comprehensive: Accord is better prepared for most contingencies.
  • An available head-up display makes it a snap in Accord to review driving metrics on the road. Legacy has none.
  • You'll get better cargo volume in a new Accord, 16.7 cubic feet to be sure. Subaru's sedan offers only 15.
  • Ditto for passenger space. Accord is home to a huge interior measuring anywhere from 102.7 to 105.6 cubic feet depending on trim. Legacy's is anywhere from 100.9 to 104.6.
  • You can find some of the most advanced technology around available in the new Accord. Not only does a 7-inch infotainment system come standard, but mobile hotspot support, a wireless phone charger, and Near Field Communication (NFC) capability, used to connect a variety of devices, are available. Legacy's display is a little smaller, at 6.5 inches, and its system offers none of these features, standard or available.

There's even more where these came from. Stop by and see us here on Gallatin Pike North at Music City Honda, and we'll show you behind the wheel how the new 2018 Honda Accord is a driving experience you won't find anywhere else!

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