Although a number of the more upscale compact SUVs might be a substitute for the 2008 Subaru Outback, all of the rugged wagon alternatives are somewhat pricier.
The Volvo XC70 costs just a few thousand more than a fully loaded Outback, yet it has a much more refined, distinctive interior that also feels a bit roomier.
The Volvo also excels in safety and safety features.
The Audi Avant wagon model is another possibility that's about the same size as the Outback, though it comes only in V-6 form and is priced at close to $50,000.
And the Passat wagon is a spacious and safe alternative; its 2.0T engine is both more fuel-efficient and more powerful than the Outback's standard engine.
But in order to get the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system on the Passat, you need to pay many thousands more, for a sticker price of almost $40,000.
|2008 Subaru Legacy OutbackBrowse Used Listings||2008 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2008 Volkswagen Passat WagonBrowse Used Listings||2008 Volvo XC70Browse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cyl||Gas V6||Turbocharged gas I4||Gas I6|
|Mid-Size Station Wagon||Midsize||Mid-Size||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4dr H4 Man||4dr Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak *Ltd Avail*||4dr Man Turbo FWD *Ltd Avail*||4dr Wagon|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Wagon||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Wgn||5dr Wagon|
|Manual||Automatic CVT||Manual w/OD||Automatic,|