2016 Mazda6 vs 2016 Subaru Legacy in Downers Grove, IL



Which new sports sedan provides dynamic performance, modern design, and the latest in technology? Both the 2016 Mazda6 and 2016 Subaru Legacy deliver when it comes to drivability, styling, and state-of-the-art tech features, but there are several key differences that drivers need to consider before making a purchase they might regret.

The team at Pugi Mazda in Downers Grove, IL thinks highly of the new Mazda6, but we also believe the numbers and vehicles should speak for themselves. For our analysis, the 2016 Mazda6 i Sport will be compared to the 2016 Subaru Legacy base model.

2016 Mazda6 vs. 2016 Subaru Legacy: Engine Specs & Performance

While the 2016 Subaru Legacy offers all-wheel drive capability, the engine and transmission are often strained by the weight that comes with the added mechanical components. The 2016 Mazda6 not only feels lighter, it drives lighter with a FWD drivetrain and weighs 300 lbs. fewer than the Legacy. Key differences in performance and fuel efficiency are as follows:

2016 Mazda6Model2016 Subaru Legacy
2.5L SKYACTIV®-G four-cylinderEngine2.5L flat four-cylinder
184 HPHorsepower175 HP
185 lb.-ft.Torque174 lb.-ft.
26 MPG city / 38 MPG highwayFuel Economy26 MPG city / 36 MPG highway
7.9 seconds0-60 MPH Acceleration8.8 seconds

2016 Mazda6 vs. 2016 Subaru Legacy: Technology & Safety

Developed with intuitive controls and adaptive driver aids, the 2016 Mazda6 provides advanced technology and safety features with the i Sport edition that the new Subaru Legacy doesn't initially offer.
  • Hill Launch Assist comes standard with the Mazda6, but isn't available for the Legacy.
  • The Mazda6 comes with advanced front airbags with passenger weight detection and sensors to provide the protection where and when you need it.
  • A foldaway brake pedal assembly comes standard on every Mazda6.
  • Both models provide ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist.
  • The new Mazda6 comes paired with a 7.0-in. full-color touch-screen display with MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system to provide internet radio integration, E911 automatic emergency notification, and voice-command radio broadcast data.
  • Remote keyless entry and push-button start are also standard with the Mazda6, but only available on certain trim levels of the Subaru Legacy.

2016 Mazda6 vs. 2016 Subaru Legacy: Interior & Exterior Design

The 2016 Mazda6 wasn't simply put together in a factory. It was thoughtfully crafted and assembled according to the KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy. The new Mazda6 is engineered to appear as if in motion even when it's parked in your driveway. Mazda engineers see the models they develop as works of art. As such, the new Mazda6 is soulfully created and it shows from the refined materials to the thoughtful styling. The Subaru Legacy offers an interior that offers comfort and quality sightlines, but lacks the pleasing aesthetics that the Mazda6 offers.
  • Halogen headlights and LED combination taillights highlight the exterior.
  • Body colored power side mirrors and door handles allow for a sense of flow to continue throughout the design profile
  • 17-in. aluminum-alloy wheels add to the contemporary look of the Mazda6.
  • Multiple storage features are strategically placed throughout the cabin, including additional cup holders and bottle holders, center console compartments, and an overhead glasses holder.
  • Five passengers will have the comfort of cloth-trimmed seats, while the driver can enjoy the feel of a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The Winner is: The 2016 Mazda6

Offering superior performance, state-of-the-art safety and connectivity features, and a contemporary design profile, the new Mazda6 offers a lot more than the 2016 Subaru Legacy. Starting at only $21,495, the 2016 Mazda6 is priced to suit almost any budget. Browse through the new inventory at our Mazda dealership in Downers Grove to find the new Mazda6 in the trim package and color that works with your lifestyle. Once you have your preferred model, contact our team through our online form or by phone at (877) 827-9086 to schedule a test drive.