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2009 Subaru Legacy vs. Its Competition

2009 Subaru Legacy
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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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The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
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The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
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The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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The 2008 Volvo S60 is a comfortable, safe all-weather sedan, but if you want top sport-sedan performance, you should look elsewhere.
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