Compare 2009 Subaru Outback vs 2009 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

2009 Subaru Outback
2009 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
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4-Door H4 Manual
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 H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd 17 24 $29,924 $32,095
4-Door H4 Automatic XT Ltd 18 24 $30,461 $32,795
4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd w/Nav 17 24 $31,746 $34,095
4-Door H4 Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 18 24 $32,284 $34,795
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4-Door Automatic FWD Komfort
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
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
City
20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Station Wagon Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 38.6
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
188.7 188.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 18.5
Steering
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 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
NA 16.4
Tires
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
Front Tire Size
225/60VR16 P235/45HR17
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2700 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3320 3512
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
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
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
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Turbocharged gas I4
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
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
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 3.50
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Outback Volkswagen Passat Wagon
Body Style
4 Door Wagon 4 Door Wgn
Suspension
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 -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6

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