2017 Subaru Legacy vs. 2017 Ford Fusion

 

The mid-size sedan segment may not be as popular as it once was but it's still one of the most active segments in the automotive industry. The 2017 Subaru Legacy and 2017 Ford Fusion are two of the newest competitors and they're rearing to go tire-to-tire this year. When it comes down to reliability, price, and safety, which model comes out on top?

All-Wheel Drive

The 2017 Subaru Legacy takes an early lead with Subaru's famous standard all-wheel drive system. For many drivers, an all-wheel drive system is synonymous with lower fuel economy but the Subaru Legacy is the exception to the rule.

Subaru's six-speed CVT transmission makes up for the increased power and earns the Legacy an EPA-estimated 25 city/34 hwy mpg. That's a good amount more than the Ford Fusion's EPA-estimated 22 city/34 hwy mpg. Both models pack a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower under the hood.

Price

As for price, the Subaru Legacy starts at just under $22,000 while the Ford Fusion comes in with a $22,610 price tag. Thanks to their advanced engineering coupled with the brand's famous all-wheel drive system, Subaru vehicles are generally more reliable as well.

Safety

When it comes to safety, the 2017 Ford Fusion earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration despite earning four stars in two of the three crash tests.

The 2017 Subaru Legacy, on the other hand, earned the same five-star rating with a perfect score in all three crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The results speak for themselves. The 2017 Subaru Legacy is the clear winner.