Subaru Legacy vs Chevrolet Malibu

Nothing makes your trips around the Dover, Middletown, and Odessa area more fun and easy than taking the trip in a reliable sedan. If you're actively searching for your next sedan, you've probably come across the Subaru Legacy. This vehicle offers great performance and features, but how does it measure up to the 2017 Chevy Malibu?

We'll answer that question for you by throwing these vehicles into the ring together. We'll closely examine these vehicles based on engine power and performance, entertainment and technology, and safety features. Reading this article will help you see the differences between these vehicles. You may even decide which of these vehicles is right for you.

Subaru Legacy vs Chevy Malibu: Engine Power and Performance

The Subaru Legacy features the 2.5-liter Subaru BOXER® engine. This 4-cylinder engine features horizontally opposed valves and lays flat under the hood, eliminating drag and allowing this vehicle to reach its potential at 175 horsepower.

The 2017 Chevy Malibu features a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. Despite having a turbocharged engine, the Malibu falls short compared to the Legacy with its ability to reach 163 horsepower.

Entertainment and Technology

The Subaru Legacy features the STARLINK™ Multimedia Bundle, which has a 6.2-inch high-resolution LCD touchscreen display that's capable of letting you select your media. The Chevy Malibu offers a touchscreen display but only after a few upgrades.

In terms of entertainment, each vehicle offers a radio and a CD player, but the Subaru Legacy features an HD® Radio, which lets you listen to standard radio broadcasts at a much higher sound quality. This radio also includes iTunes® tagging, which can be used to tag songs that you'd wish to download at a later date.

Safety Features

The Subaru Legacy is equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control, and the Chevy Malibu features StabiliTrak. These active safety features offer stability and traction control while driving on slippery roads. Each vehicle is outfitted with an advanced airbag system that offers front, side, and side curtain airbags for passenger protection.

The Subaru Legacy features a rear vision camera that will display the point of view from your bumper onto the 6.2-inch screen to aid you when you're in reverse. This camera helps you back into spots with efficiency and precision. The Chevy Malibu doesn't offer a rear vision camera at its base level.

Subaru Legacy vs Chevy Malibu: Comparison Conclusion

In this article, we showed you the differences and similarities between the 2017 Subaru Legacy and the 2017 Chevy Malibu. You learned that the Legacy can reach a higher horsepower than the Malibu and offers you more amenities.

We also looked at the safety features. You saw that the Subaru Legacy features a rear vision camera, which isn't available in the base level Chevy Malibu. Overall, you learned that the Subaru Legacy has several clear advantages over the Chevy Malibu.

Find out more by scheduling your test drive of the 2017 Subaru Legacy with us at Winner Subaru-the dealership that proudly serves drivers in the Dover, Middletown, and Odessa area. 

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