Subaru Forester vs Subaru Legacy

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2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium
MSRP
$29,495
Invoice
$27,607
Average Price Paid
$27,184
510 listings nationwide

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2018 Subaru Legacy
2.5i
MSRP
$22,195
Invoice
$20,979
Average Price Paid
$20,572
1,469 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis

Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium
Fair Price
$27,792
Good Price
$26,601
Great Price
$25,921
2018 Subaru Legacy
2.5i
Fair Price
$21,023
Good Price
$20,126
Great Price
$19,612

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2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$30,388
5 listings nationwide

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2018 Subaru Legacy
2.5i
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$23,270
1 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews

Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium
Rob Feeman Preview:

Now in its 20th year and nearing the end of its fourth generation, the Subaru Forester compact crossover SUV enters 2018 with a few minor safety updates and a new 2.5i Black Edition pa...

2018 Subaru Legacy
2.5i
William Maley Preview:

In the crowded midsize class, it’s clear that you need some accomplishments in order to stand out. Luckily for the Subaru Legacy, it has two aces up its sleeve. First of all, it’s the ...

User Reviews and User Rankings

User Rankings by Category

Users ranked cars they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

Winning categories:
    Winning categories:
      Based on rankings.
      2018 Subaru Forester
      2.0XT Premium
      20
      writes:
      Excellent vehicle with true Awd system
      Power Ranked 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 4Motion AWD better.
      "Lighter weight "
      Back Seats Ranked 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 4Motion AWD worse.
      "More legroom and comfort"
      60
      writes:
      Nice car, very comfortable but not much power, slow acceleration from stop. Great cabin, compact but not cramp...
      Front Seats Ranked 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium better.
      "More room, better height in relation to the dashboard."
      Cargo Capacity Ranked 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium better.
      "Larger cargo space if you dont get the third seat."
      2018 Subaru Legacy
      2.5i
      No User Reviews

      Specs

      2018 Subaru Forester
      2.0XT Premium
      2018 Subaru Legacy
      2.5i
      Powertrain 6-Speed CVT 6-Speed CVT
      Drivetrain
      AWD
      AWD
      Fuel Economy, City
      23 MPG
      25 MPG
      Fuel Economy, Highway
      27 MPG
      34 MPG
      Fuel Tank Volume 15.9 gal 18.5 gal
      Engine
      Fuel Type
      Gasoline
      Gasoline
      Power
      250 hp @ 5,600 RPM
      175 hp @ 5,800 RPM
      Torque
      258 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM
      174 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
      Cylinders
      4 cylinders
      4 cylinders
      Compression Ratio
      10.6:1
      10.3:1
      Displacement
      2,000 cc
      2,500 cc
      Bore x Stroke
      3.39 in x 3.39 in
      3.7 in x 3.54 in
      Safety
      ABS Brakes Standard Standard
      Driver Airbag Standard Standard
      Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
      Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
      Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
      NHTSA Crash Test Results
      Overall 4 stars 5 stars
      Front Crash Overall 4 stars 5 stars
      Front Crash Driver 5 stars 5 stars
      Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 5 stars
      Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
      Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 5 stars
      Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
      Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
      Comfort and Convenience
      Sunroof/Moonroof Standard --
      Air Conditioning Standard Standard
      CD Player Standard Standard
      Radio Standard Standard
      Power Windows Standard Standard
      Power Door Locks Standard Standard
      Driver Power Seats Standard --
      Interior
      Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
      Front Legroom 43 in 42.9 in
      Back Legroom 38 in 38.1 in
      Payload and Towing
      Cargo Volume 31.5 cu ft 15 cu ft
      Maximum Payload 999 lbs 1,005 lbs
      Standard Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs --
      Maximum Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs --
      Exterior
      Length 180.9 in 188.8 in
      Width 80.5 in 81.3 in
      Height 68.2 in 59 in
      Wheelbase 103.9 in 108.3 in

      Available Options

      2018 Subaru Forester
      2.0XT Premium

      Exterior Colors

      • Crystal Black Silica
      • Crystal White Pearl
      • Dark Gray Metallic
      • Ice Silver Metallic
      • Quartz Blue Pearl
      • Venetian Red Pearl

      Option Packages

      • Int & Ext Auto Dim Mirror with HL & Approach Lighting
      • Popular Package #2A
      • Protection Package #1
      • Protection Package #3
      • Sport Grille
      • Turbo Trailer Hitch
      2018 Subaru Legacy
      2.5i

      Exterior Colors

      • Crimson Red
      • Crystal Black Silica
      • Crystal White Pearl
      • Dark Blue Pearl
      • Ice Silver Metallic
      • Magnetite Gray Metallic
      • Tungsten Metallic
      • Twilight Blue Metallic

      Option Packages

      • Exterior & Interior Auto Dimming HL Mirrors
      • Popular Package #1

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