2019 Mazda6 Sport vs 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

2019 Mazda6 vs 2019 Subaru Legacy

Mazda and Subaru are fierce competitors. Both have solid lineups and are celebrated in the automotive industry. That makes choosing an offering from between the two manufacturers difficult. The decision can be even more difficult when you consider their sedan options.

To help you decide, we’ve compared the base model 2019 Mazda6 Sport and the base model 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i. We noted performance, features, and comfort in order parse out which of these models in worth your money.

2019 Mazda6 Sport


2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

$23,800 MSRP $22,545
2.5L inline 4-cyl Engine 2.5L flat 4-cyl
187 hp / 186 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 175 hp / 174 ft-lbs
FWD Drivetrain AWD
6-speed shiftable automatic Transmission CVT
26 / 35 / 29 mpg Fuel Economy 25 / 34 / 29 mpg

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Performance and Handling

The 2019 Mazda6 has both 12 more horsepower and torque than the 2019 Legacy. Despite the seemingly small difference, the Mazda6 flaunts its prowess here, doing 0-60 MPH in 6.7 seconds, where the Legacy puts up a dreadful 0-60 MPH of 9.5 seconds. The poor performance of the Legacy is most evident from a complete stop or when passing and merging on the highway. The Legacy has significant body roll around corners, lending to a precarious feel despite its standard AWD. Coupled with brakes that feel they use washcloths instead of brake pads and a peddle that feels doughy, the Legacy feels unresponsive at best, and downright unsafe at worst.

Contrary to the Subaru, the FWD Mazda6 feels viscerally competent while cornering, gluing itself to the road and giving the driver a lot of confidence, even in inclement weather. Getting up to speed not only is quick and efficient, but also feels like it. Braking is average, but the peddle is easy and responsive.


The Mazda6 comes standard with many features the Legacy doesn’t, like keyless ignition, adaptive cruise control, and parking assistance; navigation is an optional add-on for base model Mazda6 as well. All these options either require a higher trim level than the base model for the Legacy, or, in the case of options like adaptive cruise control and sunroof, are completely unavailable.

Interior and Comfort

The Legacy has an open interior that is inoffensive, if a bit bland. In a word, it’s serviceable. The seats can be a little stiff, particularly in the lower back region. The cabin is undeniably quiet. It is comfortable, but not remotely exciting. The Mazda6 isn’t cramped by any means, but it feels smaller than the Legacy. It makes up for it with interior styling that is more engaging and contemporary. The seats are well contoured and have full back support. The engine has a pleasing rumble that can be heard in the cabin, adding an essential auditory element to the driving experience.