2022 Camry vs. Legacy Comparison

The newest Camry and Legacy models have a sporty build and tons of available options to create the sedan you've been looking for.

With 18 models to choose from, including the all-new SE Hybrid Nightshade Edition, the Camry has more than double the number of selections of the Subaru Legacy. There's a Toyota Camry for every driver, whether you have a need for speed or want to save on gas with up to an EPA-estimated 51/53/52 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating.

You get a lot standard with the Camry, while similar features require an optional package or upgrade for the Legacy. Take standard speakers, for example. The Camry comes with six speakers, while the base model Legacy has four.

Find out which sedan can take your ride to the next level.

Published Date: 10/25/2021

2022 Camry speeding around the bend of a race track

Performance

  • The Camry has more standard horsepower than the Legacy.
  • The Camry has an available hybrid engine, the Legacy does not.
  • You get ToyotaCare factory-scheduled maintenance with your new Camry.

These sedans aren't your typical commuter car. From turbocharged engines to available All-Wheel Drive, the Camry and Legacy compete with the best of them.

Engine Efficiency

When you want a lot of horsepower right out of the stable, the Camry LE's standard 2.5-Liter Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder engine produces 203 horsepower. The Subaru Legacy base model, Premium, Sport, and Limited all have the same size 2.5-liter DOHC engine, but it only has 182 horsepower. With the Legacy Limited XT and Touring XT's 2.4-liter turbocharged DOHC engine, drivers can get up to 260 horsepower. That may seem impressive, but the Camry TRD, XSE V6, and XLE V6 models outdo it with a 3.5-Liter V6 DOHC engine and 301 horsepower.

Sheer power isn't the only winning performance feature the Camry has to offer. You also have exceptional fuel efficiency ratings whether you choose a gas or hybrid Camry model. The Camry LE has an EPA-estimated 28/39/32 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating and the Camry LE Hybrid has an EPA-estimated 51/53/52 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. Comparatively, the Subaru Legacy has up to a 27/35/30 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. It does not have a hybrid option.

Keep on trekking with the Camry's available Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The Subaru Legacy also comes standard with All-Wheel Drive, however, it’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

With so many moving parts, Toyota helps your car go the distance with the ToyotaCare plan, which includes factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Subaru doesn't currently offer a complimentary maintenance plan.

Interior view of a man driving the Camry

Interior

  • Get the available Smart Key System and Push Button Start for less with the Camry LE.
  • Enjoy standard dual zone automatic climate control in the Camry.
  • For a more surround sound listening experience, the Camry comes with six speakers.

Your car should have convenience features to make your driving experience more enjoyable.

Available Convenience Features

Don't worry about fumbling with your keys with the Camry's available Smart Key System, which works on the front doors and trunk. Plus, it includes a Push Button Start. This feature can be yours starting with the base model Camry LE when you include the Convenience Package with options. The comparable Keyless Access and Push Button Start isn’t available on the base model Legacy but can be added to the Legacy Premium with the Optional Package. You can get this feature standard for less in the Camry LE Hybrid, which starts at $27,380. Subaru drivers will need to get the $28,790 Legacy Sport to get it standard.

Aside from convenience, you also get more comfort options in the Camry. The Camry LE has standard dual zone automatic climate control. You also get an 8-way power driver seat with lumbar control. On the other hand, the Subaru Legacy comes standard with a manually adjustable CFC-free air conditioning system and manually adjustable front seats. Any other model you choose will have the basic dual-zone climate control function and power adjustable front seats.

Six standard speakers round out the interior offerings for the Camry. There are only four included with the Legacy. Six speakers are only standard starting on the Legacy Premium.

Black 2022 Camry parked in a smoky garage

Exterior

  • Go bigger and bolder with the Camry TRD and XSE which have 19-in. wheels.
  • Take in the views with the Camry's available moonroof or upgraded panoramic glass roof.
  • Hit the streets in the Camry TRD sedan that looks and drives like its meant for the track.

Stand out from the crowd with the Camry's available exterior features that give your car a more unique look.

Exterior Style

While both the Camry and Legacy have standard 17-in. alloy wheels, only the Camry TRD and XSE have standard 19-in. wheel options for a physical, stylistic boost. When you choose one of these upgraded models, you'll also get a blacked-out look from their respective matte-black and gloss-black wheel finishes. You'll find that the biggest wheel size comes with the Subaru Legacy Sport and above, which have an 18-in. wheel. In terms of finishes, the Legacy Sport is the only model that comes in black.

Let a little bit of light in through the available power tilt/slide moonroof on the Camry LE, or get an available panoramic glass roof with front power tilt/slide moonroof with the XLE or XSE. A power tilt/slide moonroof is not available on the base model Legacy and there is no panoramic option.

The Camry TRD is designed by Toyota Racing Development engineers that have taken racetrack design concepts and put them into a sedan. For a starting MSRP of $32,360, you'll get features like a TRD aerodynamic body kit to help improve high speed stability, TRD cat-back exhaust, larger front brakes, and red detailing throughout the interior. There's nothing quite like that offered in the Legacy lineup, but the Limited XT and Touring XT do have dual stainless steel exhaust outlets. These models will cost you $34,495 and $36,195, respectively.

People interacting with two Toyota Camry's parked near each other in a parking lot

Conclusion: Camry vs. Legacy

  • For a standout look and driving experience, there's nothing quite like the Camry TRD.
  • Drive through rain and snow with confidence knowing that you can opt for AWD in the Camry.
  • Enjoy factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles with Toyota's ToyotaCare plan.

The Subaru Legacy brings affordable model options, while the Toyota Camry has more available convenience features to help you get the most out of your drive.

Specifically, the Camry TRD brings style and performance with its track-honed design and 301 horsepower engine. The closest Subaru option to the TRD would be the more expensive Limited XT or Touring XT.

Both of these cars step outside the typical sedan offerings, giving drivers an All-Wheel Drive drivetrain for the times when you need it most.

But Subaru fails to include factory-scheduled maintenance, whereas the Camry comes with the ToyotaCare plan to help keep your car running smoothly.

Get exactly what you want with the 2022 Toyota Camry.