Consumer Reports: Is the 2022 Subaru Legacy a Better Buy Than the Toyota Camry?

  • The Subaru Legacy outscores the Toyota Camry in Consumer Reports’ testing
  • Standard AWD in the Legacy is a huge win for Subaru
  • Consumer Reports loved the way the newest Legacy rode

Normally, we’d end this conversation with a succinct and abrupt “no.” However, Subaru has gone to great lengths to improve its midsize sedan offerings in recent years. Now, there’s actually something to the 2022 Subaru Legacy vs. Toyota Camry comparison where there may not have been in the past. Let’s discuss.

A dark blue 2022 Subaru Legacy in the city
The 2022 Subaru Legacy is an AWD bargain | Subaru

Which car is better? The 2022 Subaru Legacy or the Toyota Camry?

Thankfully, to aid us in our discussion, we have Consumer Reports’ rating system. The brand has spent years honing this, and we trust it. Shockingly, the 2022 Subaru Legacy is better than the 2022 Toyota Camry. That is, at least in the eyes of Consumer Reports’ rating system. The Legacy midsize sedan scored an 87/100 to the Camry’s 84/100.

So, let’s dive in. The 2022 Subaru’s score is helped greatly by a stellar 89/100 road test score. In it, CR praised the “superbly smooth ride” and ample 260 hp get-up-and-go. However, you’ve got to spend more on the Legacy to get less power, with the 260 hp XT trim starting at $36K to the Toyota Camry TRD’s $32K MSRP. In the end, ride was the determining factor in the score difference between the two.

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Is the Subaru Legacy reliable?

The interior of the 2022 Subaru Legacy featuring the brand's updated infotainment system
Subaru has bestowed the Legacy with an updated interior | Subaru

The current 2022 Subaru Legacy is a shockingly reliable car, competing with the Camry’s identical 4/5 reliability rating. However, it should be noted that the Toyota Camry has a far more impressive track record. You don’t get to be America’s best-selling car without killer reliability, and the Camry has, and does, have that in spades.

However, the Legacy’s biggest advantage is centered around Subaru’s selling point fo most of their cars, BRZ notwithstanding. Standard AWD is a huge deal to consumers, and at the Legacy’s $22K entry point, it’s a serious boon. In order to get AWD on a Camry, you need to spend at least $27,000. Frankly, with a renewed focus on interior comfort, ride, and reliability, it’s easy to see why Consumer Reports liked the Subaru Legacy so much.

The 2022 Toyota Camry is still worth it

A black 2022 Toyota Camry midsize sedan shot from the 3/4 angle at sunset
The Camry is still more than worth its salt | Toyota

Now, it may sound like we’ve just spent 400-odd words clowning on the Camry. Fair. That said, it’s not as if the Toyota Camry isn’t a stellar midsize sedan. It’s an incredibly popular, comfortable, and reliable car, and the Legacy can’t do anything about that. Honestly, this will hopefully push Toyota into getting some updates into the Camry. Supposing that gets done for the 2023 model year, we’ll have a real fight on our hands.

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