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2009 Subaru Outback vs. Its Competition

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If you like the 2009 Subaru Outback, you might also consider the Volvo XC70, Audi A6 Avant, or Volkswagen Passat Wagon.

Although a number of the more upscale compact SUVs might be a substitute for the 2009 Subaru Outback, all of the rugged wagon alternatives are somewhat pricier.

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 the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is no longer available; the VR6 engine option is gone, too.

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, with all-wheel drive, and is priced well over $50,000.

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The 2009 Subaru Legacy Outback boasts more toughness than most wagons and is a good, practical alternative to tall, ungainly SUVs.
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Volkswagen’s especially roomy 2009 Passat Wagon is a great family alternative to an SUV.
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The 2009 Volvo XC70 combines the body of Volvo’s large V70 station wagon with more rugged styling cues and a taller stance—resulting in a more carlike alternative to mid-size sport-utility vehicles.
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$22,295Browse Used Listings$45,100Browse Used Listings$29,690Browse Used Listings$37,250Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas V6Turbocharged gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class   
Mid-Size Station WagonMidsizeMid-Size4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak Premium4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD4-Door Wagon 3.2L w/Sunroof
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan4 Door Wgn5dr Wagon
ManualAutomatic CVTAutomatic w/ODAutomatic,
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