The Legacy has two configurations: for 2,089,000 rubles or 2,239,900. Both have a 2.5 engine, variator and four-wheel drive. Camry 2.5 with "automatic" costs from 1,678,000 to 2,117,000. For 2,232,000 you can already buy a 250-horsepower modification with a V6 engine 35
The world is interesting! In Russia, the prices of the Subaru Legacy sedan, which has returned to the market, are just starting almost where the Camry 2.5 ends. For the Legacy, an engine of this size has no alternative. And in native Japan, the base Camry, on the contrary, is more expensive than the top-end Legacy! Because all the Toyota there are with a hybrid makeweight. But Subaru has four-wheel drive. It is in this form that the Legacy is shipped to Russia by sea. And Camry is stamped on a full cycle at the plant in St. Petersburg, which allows keeping attractive prices.
Visually and by touch, you cannot say that the test Legacy with comparable equipment is more expensive than our Toyota by as much as 400 thousand rubles. The body parts of the Camry are fitted neatly, on the front panel there is leatherette, and not the curiously stitched plastic with real thread, as in the Legacy. But Subaru's front pillars and visors are trimmed with high-quality fabric. The trunk of a similar volume is slightly better trimmed; with the rear seats folded down, a full-fledged opening opens into the salon, and not a scanty gap, like in Toyota. The rear seats seem to be molded according to the same pattern: the space is the same, there are no grasping handles on the doors, but there is heated seats.
At start-up, the Subarov "boxer" shudders slightly, but until it warms up, it seems to be tapping. The gurgle of the exhaust is pleasant, especially against the backdrop of the boring hum of the Camry. According to the passport, the Legacy surpasses Toyota by four Newton meters of torque, yielding six horsepower. When driving quietly, only the difference between the types of gearboxes is noticeable.
Subaru's CVT can only be scolded for overly sharp first response combined with lag. In general, it provides a more comfortable acceleration, and in the S mode, it also provides more precise control. If you want, you can switch the seven emulated gears with paddle shifters, and the twitchy "hydromechanics" of Toyota's "manual" mode simply consists in blocking the inclusion of higher gears.
But the extra fifty kilograms of all-wheel drive, coupled with losses in it, seem to hold Subaru on acceleration. With one person in the cabin, according to our measurements, a hundred is achieved in 9.7 seconds, acceleration from 60 to 100 km / h takes 6.1 seconds, and an 80-120 spurt takes 7.2 seconds. Camry at the same load, on the same 95th gasoline, is faster everywhere by about half a second.
But in it - albeit with the loss of dynamics - you can pour AI-92. This is what we do. Who would refuse to save money? St. Petersburg Toyota is a Russian woman not only in terms of place of birth. There are seals along the bottom of the doors, the spare wheel does not differ from the others, there is a full heated windshield ... And the ground clearance is higher: real 155 mm, albeit without protection, versus 135 mm, measured by us under the steel flap that covers the Subaru from below. All-wheel drive, of course, will take its toll in winter - but perhaps the Legacy will get under way on slippery surfaces more confidently.
The ride comfort is noticeably higher in Toyota. The suspension handles all types of bumps with confidence - while the stiffer Legacy jolts into axle joints and large potholes. However, on a good road, the shock absorbers, loose in the low-frequency zone almost to the body swing, create the illusion of a good ride. There is nothing you can do about the noise - Subaru noticeably transmits the rumble of rolling wheels and the breeze near large mirrors to the salon. The Camry is quieter.