Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Sonata VS 2018 Subaru Legacy Near Greenville, NC

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2018 Hyundai Sonata

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2018 Hyundai Sonata

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2018 Subaru Legacy

Safety Comparison

Both the Sonata and the Legacy have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Sonata is safer than the Subaru Legacy:

 

Sonata

Legacy

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

27%

Neck Stress

164 lbs.

259 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

145 lbs.

153 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

88 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

31/73 lbs.

202/266 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Sonata is safer than the Subaru Legacy:

 

Sonata

Legacy

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

40 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Sonata comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Legacy’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Sonata 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Subaru covers the Legacy. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Legacy ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Sonata’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Legacy’s (7 vs. 5 years).

There are over 32 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Sonata’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 4 places higher in reliability than Subaru.

Engine Comparison

The Sonata has more powerful engines than the Legacy:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Sonata Eco 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

178 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

Sonata 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

178 lbs.-ft.

Sonata 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Legacy 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

174 lbs.-ft.

Legacy 3.6R Limited 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

256 HP

247 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Sonata Eco is faster than the Legacy 2.5i:

 

Sonata

Legacy

Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.4 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sonata Eco gets better fuel mileage than the Legacy 2.5i (28 city/37 hwy vs. 25 city/34 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Sonata gets better fuel mileage than the Legacy:

 

 

Sonata

Legacy

 

 

4 cyl./Auto SE

25 city/36 hwy

25 city/34 hwy

2.5i/Auto

 

4 cyl./Auto SEL/Sport/Limited

25 city/35 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0T/Auto

23 city/32 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

3.6R/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sonata’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Legacy:

 

Sonata

Sonata 2.0T

Legacy 2.5i

Legacy 3.6R Limited

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.4 inches

The Sonata stops much shorter than the Legacy:

 

Sonata

Legacy

 

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sonata 2.0T’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Legacy (235/45R18 vs. 225/55R17).

The Sonata 2.0T’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Legacy Sport/Limited’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sonata has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Legacy’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sonata’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Legacy (110.4 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The Sonata Sport 2.0T handles at .84 G’s, while the Legacy 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Sonata’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Legacy’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Hyundai Sonata may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the Subaru Legacy.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Sonata is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Legacy is rated a Mid-size.

The Sonata has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear hip room than the Legacy.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sonata has a much larger trunk than the Legacy (16.3 vs. 15 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Sonata offers cargo security. The Legacy’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Sonata SEL/Sport/Limited’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Legacy doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sonata Limited/Sport 2.0T’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Legacy doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Sonata and the Legacy have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Sonata is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Legacy prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Sonata Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Legacy doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sonata Limited’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Legacy doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sonata is less expensive to operate than the Legacy because it costs $377 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sonata than the Legacy, including $46 less for a water pump, $14 less for front brake pads, $274 less for a starter, $16 less for fuel injection, $90 less for a fuel pump, $258 less for front struts, $129 less for a timing belt/chain and $140 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Hyundai Sonata has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Sonata

Legacy

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Hyundai Sonata outsold the Subaru Legacy by almost three to one during 2017.

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