If you or your family are in the market for a new midsize sedan, there are two models that combine great performance with top-of-the-segment safety, comfort, and style. Those models are the 2021 Nissan Altima and the 2021 Subaru Legacy. Let’s take a look at what sets these sedans apart from the competition and each other, and see which is best for your Portland area family.

Altima vs Legacy

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Both the Legacy and the 2021 Nissan Altima boast an efficient and powerful CVT transmission. The Subaru comes with an all-wheel drivetrain standard, like many of its make; the new Altima has an AWD available as an option, however.

As far as engines go, the 2021 Altima features a 2.5L DOHC 16-valve Direct Injection Gasoline 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. of torque, plenty of power for jumping ahead or maneuvering through traffic with ease. The Subaru Legacy has a slightly less powerful 2.5L flat-4 engine, pulling up to 182 hp and 176 lb-ft.

The difference between the two midsize sedans’ performances becomes even more pronounced with the Altima’s available 2.0L VC-Turbo engine that constantly adapts the compression ratio of its pistons, which balances incredible power with modern efficiency. If you want a ride that’ll give you everything you need, the 2021 Nissan Altima is a sure bet.

Interior Design, Comfort, and Safety

Altima Interior

Both of these cars have received the highest safety rating available from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), their Top Safety Pick+. Regardless of which sedan you choose, you can drive with the peace of mind that it’s an exceptionally safe vehicle.

However, if you want a safe, comfortable ride, the Nissan Altima edges out the Subaru Legacy, with its large trunk and comfortable seats, along with its slightly longer wheelbase that smooths out the bumps in the road. Its Nissan Propilot Assist feature, along with the other tech features of the Altima, also contributes to its well-appointed ride.

Exterior Design

Altima Styling

While the 2021 Subaru Legacy keeps a more conservative sedan look in its design, the new Nissan Altima opts for a more aggressive, more modern look, with its trapezoidal hood design, floating roof styling, and powerful stance. The Subaru is a perfectly handsome car, but the Nissan will probably turn more heads on the commute to work.

The Clear Winner: 2021 Nissan Altima, for sale in Wilsonville

Living in Oregon, you need a sedan that can drive in the summer city streets as easily as the snowy highways outside of Tigard, Wilsonville, and Portland. The All-Wheel Drive option of the Nissan Altima is a clear contender for that position, and its other great features cement it as the car for Oregon families.

Come see for yourself at Tonkin Wilsonville Nissan, where our friendly salespeople, fantastic financing deals, and comprehensive packages are sure to make it easier for you to find yourself in a new or used Nissan today!

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