The Altima and Passat are both sporty mid-size sedans that have very attractive, comfortable interiors, though the Altima isn't available with all-wheel drive and the Passat only offers it with the more expensive V-6 model.
The Audi A4 is a more formidable alternative, with its fuel-efficient 2.0T powertrain, quattro all-wheel drive, and very attractive, upscale interior.
Finally, Volvo and Subaru buyers have long overlapped, and the Volvo S60 has several sensible and attractive all-wheel-drive models.
Neither of them offers performance like the GT Spec.B, but the S60 has a better ride and more comfortable interior.
With its standard all-wheel drive and more of a reputation for performance than for being a bread-and-butter family vehicle, the 2009 Subaru Legacy competes with some of the more exciting-to-drive mid-size sedans, along with the most affordable of the European sports sedans.
Both the S60 and the Legacy are due to be replaced next year.
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|2009 Subaru LegacyBrowse Used Listings||2009 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2008 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Volvo S60Browse Used Listings||2003 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Low-Pressure Turbo Gas I5||Gas I4|
|4-Door H4 Manual||4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5||4-Door Sedan 2.5T FWD w/Snrf||4-Door Sedan GL Manual|
|All Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sdn|
|Manual||CVT||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Manual w/OD|