2020 Mazda6 vs. Subaru Legacy: Which Should I Buy?

Side by side exterior comparison of the 2020 Mazda6 sedan and 2020 Subaru Legacy

When it comes to midsize sedans, the 2020 Mazda6 vs. Subaru Legacy are both popular options within the segment providing convenient features and space to accommodate. To help you determine which model will suit your needs, we want to walk through a complete comparison of the Legacy vs. Mazda6. While deciding between the Mazda6 or Subaru Legacy, this evaluation will help display the differences in trim options, pricing, exterior design, interior features, performance, safety ratings, and more to aid you on your journey.

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2020 Mazda6 Release Date

The 2020 Mazda6 has been on sale in Colorado Springs since the fall of 2019. You can find new Mazda6 models at Bob Penkhus Mazda today.

2020 Subaru Legacy Release Date

We see that 2020 Subaru Legacy hit the market in the fall of 2019 as well. You can find a new or used Subaru Legacy for sale today.

2020 Mazda6 Price & Trims

Rear exterior view of the 2020 Mazda6 showing its unique design and shape

The new 2020 Mazda6 is available in 5 trim levels, all for a reasonable starting price.

  • Sport: $24,000
  • Touring: $26,600
  • Grand Touring: $29,700
  • Grand Touring Reserve: $32,200
  • Signature: $35,300

2020 Subaru Legacy Price & Trims

Driver side exterior view of a 2020 Subaru Legacy on a showroom floor

The 2020 Subaru Legacy comes in 6 trims with similar pricing points to the new Mazda6.

  • Base: $22,745
  • Premium: $24,995
  • Sport: $26,945
  • Limited: $29,745
  • Limited XT: $34,195
  • Touring XT: $35,895

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2020 Mazda6 Exterior Design

As you perform a Mazda6 comparison, you see that all models feature the dimensions measuring 193″ L x 72″ W x 57″ H. The Sport trim provides 17-inch wheels, while the other models come complete with 19-inch wheels instead. New Mazda6 owners will have the option to choose from 6 vibrant color choices, including Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Jet Black Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Machine Gray Metallic, and Snowflake White Pearl.

2020 Subaru Legacy Exterior Design

The 2020 Subaru Legacy measures 191″ L x 72″ W x 59″ H. The base and Premium trim come with 17-inch wheels, while the others include 18-inch wheels. Currently, there are 7 exterior color options for the new 2020 Legacy models: Abyss Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, Crimson Red Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, and Crystal White Pearl.

2020 Mazda6 Interior Features

A look inside the front interior of the 2020 Mazda6 sedan from the open driver's window

The new Mazda6 interior has room to hold 5 occupants comfortably while containing 14.7 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk. Standard equipment includes an 8-inch touch screen display, the Mazda Connect infotainment system, a 6-speaker sound system, HD Radio, 2 USB ports, and wireless Bluetooth connectivity. The Mazda Connect system has a safe center control dial to keep you focused on the road and minimize distraction.

2020 Subaru Legacy Interior Features

Interior design view of the 2020 Subaru Legacy from the front passenger door entrance

Looking at the Subaru vs. the Mazda, we see the Legacy also has room for 5 people with 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. Note here that the Legacy is a shorter car overall; even a slight increase in trunk space could translate into less passenger room. This model comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, the Starlink infotainment system, Bluetooth, 2 USB ports, satellite radio, a 4-speaker sound system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

2020 Mazda3 Powertrain & MPG

A 2020 Mazda6 sedan in-motion picture driving down a Spring country road with blooming flowers

The 2020 Mazda6 comes standard with a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine on the base models. On higher Mazda6 trims, you can get the 227- or 250-horsepower turbocharged engine instead. All these engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The EPA estimates the base engine achieves 26 city/35 highway mpg, while the turbocharged engine produces fuel economy numbers of 23/31 mpg.

2020 Subaru Legacy Powertrain & MPG

White 2020 Subaru Legacy driving down an open road on a cloudy overcast day

You have 2 engine options with the 2020 Subaru Legacy: a 182-horsepower 4-cylinder or the 260-horsepower turbo-four engine. The Legacy is AWD standard with a CVT. The base engine achieves 27 city/35 highway mpg, while the turbo-four produces numbers around 24/32 mpg. Mazda6 drivers are provided slightly more performance preference options over the Legacy through a larger variety of engine choices.

2020 Mazda6 Safety Ratings

The NHTSA awarded the 2020 Mazda6 with a perfect 5-star safety rating, while the IIHS recognizes the model as a Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest designation given. Standard safety features include automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, as well as a rearview camera.

2020 Subaru Legacy Safety Ratings

The 2020 Subaru Legacy also received a five-star rating from the NHTSA, as well as a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS. Standard safety features include lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, sway warning, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera and forward collision warning, but you need to upgrade to a higher-end trim level to access Subaru's EyeSight suite including all of the driver assistance technologies. The Legacy received similar safety ratings, but lacks the amount of standard safety features offered with the 2020 Mazda6.

Final Decision: Mazda6 or Legacy?

Our 2020 Mazda6 vs. Legacy comparison shows that both sedans do have a lot to offer. Just by the numbers, the scale could appear more balanced. However, our Mazda6 or Legacy study proves that the 2020 Mazda6 provides the perfect mixture of performance, value, and functionality. This spacious vehicle is slightly longer than the Legacy, allowing for more interior room for your passengers and comparable trunk space. It's rated highly in terms of safety and comes standard with more convenient features. You don't have to pay more for a higher trim level to get what you want. Browse our inventory of new 2020 Mazda6 sedans in Colorado Springs below and call us with any questions you may have.

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