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Selected Style 4-Door H4 Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door H4 Manual 20 26 $19,666 $20,795
4-Door H4 Manual PZEV 20 26 $19,872 $20,995
4-Door H4 Manual Special Edition 20 26 $19,941 $21,095
4-Door H4 Manual PZEV Special Edition 20 26 $20,146 $21,295
4-Door H4 Automatic 20 26 $20,578 $21,795
4-Door H4 Automatic PZEV 20 26 $20,784 $21,995
4-Door H4 Automatic Special Edition 20 26 $20,853 $22,095
4-Door H4 Automatic PZEV Special Edition 20 26 $21,058 $22,295
4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd 20 26 $23,465 $24,995
4-Door H4 Automatic PZEV Ltd 20 26 $23,672 $25,195
4-Door H4 Manual GT Ltd 18 25 $27,013 $28,895
4-Door H4 Automatic GT Ltd 18 24 $28,381 $30,395
4-Door H4 Automatic GT Ltd w/Nav 18 24 $30,100 $32,395
4-Door H4 Manual GT Spec B w/Nav 17 24 $32,106 $34,595
4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R 17 24 $24,894 $26,595
4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd 17 24 $27,911 $29,895
4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd w/Nav 17 24 $29,741 $31,895
4-Door Sedan GL Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
4-Door Sedan V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
4-Door Wagon Manual GL 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
4-Door Wagon Automatic GL 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
4-Door Wagon V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,666
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,795
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$347 / month
$363 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
7.4
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 52.6 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.2 55.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 36.5 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.7 54.6
Front Leg Room (in) 44.1 41.5
Front Hip Room (in) 51.0 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 90.9 95
Second Leg Room (in) 33.9 35.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.5 39.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 58.9 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.4 5.8
Length, Overall (in) 188.7 185.2
Height, Overall (in) 59.1 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.7 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 105.1 106.4
Liftover Height (in) 26.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 68.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 11.4 15
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.6 x 0.39 9.6 x 0.39
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x 0.94 11.3 x 0.98
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 16.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.5 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 37.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 205/50R17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size Compact P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 205/50R17 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3000 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3000 N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3270 3212
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.8 7.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 490 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 175 @ 6000 170 @ 5900
Engine Type Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 169 @ 4400 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/150 1.8L/109
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 31
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again Sportshift NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.33 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06 2.18
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 3.78
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.43
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.84
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name Subaru Legacy Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/antisquat Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Four-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Lower L-Arms NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
 
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