I drove a LOT of sedans before picking this one, all 2016 and above. Main differences: -Visibility. In a Camry, it's GOOD! But this felt more open right away. -Power. Camry falls behind. Has a lot of low end 'burp' to it and I think it gets up to 30 faster than the Mazda6. Get a Fusion, if you like speed. -Steering. First-gen electric steering for this model, and they did it SO right. I was almost fooled into thinking it was R & P. -Seats. Better overall, on par with the Fusion. Passat wins the back seat prize! -SAFETY. AWD and the Eyesight package make this the winner, by a MILE. -One con, a bit more cabin noise than Camry and Passat. Still better than average. Just...GET ONE.
I've found out from owning this car <1 year is it is a must to upgrade the rear sway bar for stiffer steering response. Of course this is a subjective matter but definitely worth the $100 or so. Wish Subaru would have done this from the factory. Moonroof would be nice, but I like things simple and would rather not have to deal with a leaky moonroof as I have had past experience with this (not a Subaru, however). The CVT performs great! And this is my first CVT. It pulls from a stop and would hang with any other 4 cylinder cars. Handling around mountainous turns is flawless and I couldn't have asked for more. Excellent safety features and great interior cargo room for my little family of four. Maintenance is easy as the oil filter is on top.
I took the 2007 Subaru Legacy wagon for a test drive, and was extremely disappointed. It is a beautiful car from the outside and the interior stylings look great. However, once you try to get in it, your impressions will change dramatically. The driver and passenger seating area is extremely cramped. My wife is 5'10" and could not get comfortable behind the wheel. I'm only 5'5", but have large legs, and I felt like I didn't have much room to move when controlling the gas and the brake pedals. When I got in the back seat, I did not feel like I had any leg room. I'm used to driving a 2007 Honda Accord, and this car seemed like a compact car compared to my Accord. The engine performance was somewhat disappointing also. For a V6, it felt more like a 4 cylinder when I tried to accelerate on the highway. My Accord is a V6 and it felt nothing like that. The car's handling was among the best, however. It moves great on the highway and in the city. If only I could get comfortable in the driver's seat. I would only recommend this vehicle to someone who is short (5'5" or less) and fairly thin. Anyone else would feel cramped. Also, no one taller than that can really sit in the back seat either.