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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 $21,020 $22,295
4-Door H4 Manual PZEV 20 26 $21,226 $22,495
4-Door H4 Automatic 20 26 $21,932 $23,295
4-Door H4 Automatic PZEV 20 26 $22,138 $23,495
4-Door H4 Manual 2.5i Special Edtn 20 26 $22,488 $23,895
4-Door H4 Manual 2.5i PZEV Special Edtn 20 26 $22,695 $24,095
4-Door H4 Automatic 2.5i Special Edtn 20 26 $23,400 $24,895
4-Door H4 Automatic 2.5i PZEV Special Edtn 20 26 $23,607 $25,095
4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd 20 26 $26,470 $28,295
4-Door H4 Automatic PZEV Ltd 20 26 $26,675 $28,495
4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd w/Nav 20 26 $28,300 $30,295
4-Door H4 Automatic PZEV Ltd w/Nav 20 26 $28,506 $30,495
4-Door H4 Manual XT Ltd 18 24 $29,367 $31,595
4-Door H4 Automatic XT Ltd 18 24 $30,461 $32,795
4-Door H4 Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 18 24 $32,284 $34,795
4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd 17 24 $29,924 $32,095
4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd w/Nav 17 24 $31,746 $34,095
4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Automatic FWD Komfort 19 28 $27,727 $29,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,020
$27,727
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,295
$29,690
Monthly Payment Estimate
$372 / month
$495 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Subaru Legacy Outback boasts more toughness than most wagons and is a good, practical alternative to tall, ungainly SUVs. Volkswagen’s especially roomy 2009 Passat Wagon is a great family alternative to an SUV.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Station Wagon Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 39.1 38.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.7 54.6
Front Leg Room (in) 44.1 41.4
Front Hip Room (in) 51.0 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.4 97.1
Second Leg Room (in) 33.9 37.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.5 38.3
Second Hip Room (in) 52.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 55.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.4 5.2
Length, Overall (in) 188.7 188.0
Rear Door Opening Width (in) NA NA
Height, Overall (in) 63.2 59.7
Liftover Height (in) 26.6 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.7 61.1
Wheelbase (in) 105.1 106.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 33.5 NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 71.7
Track Width, Front (in) 58.9 61.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 42.2 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 67.0 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 33.5 35.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 43.0 NA
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 32.5 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 73.0 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 66.2 NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.6 x 0.39 11.0 x - TBD -
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) 11.5 x 0.94 12.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall NA 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electromechanical
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) NA 3.00
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size 225/60VR16 P235/45HR17
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 225/60VR16 P235/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2700 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2700 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3320 3512
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.8 7.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 490 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Turbocharged gas I4
Fuel System MPFI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 175 @ 6000 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/150 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 4400 200 @ 5100-6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 19
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06 2.37
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11 3.50
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09 1.16
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 4.04
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.56
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.87 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again Sportshift Tiptronic
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.33 3.19
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Wagon 4 Door Wgn
Vehicle Name Subaru Outback Volkswagen Passat Wagon
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/antisquat 4-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Lower L-Arms MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 6
 
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