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4-Door H4 Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic 20 26 $20,578 $21,795
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic GT Ltd 18 24 $28,381 $30,395
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic GT Ltd w/Nav 18 24 $30,100 $32,395
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd 20 26 $23,465 $24,995
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd PZEV 20 26 $23,672 $25,195
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic PZEV 20 26 $20,784 $21,995
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic Special Edition 20 26 $20,853 $22,095
Legacy 4-Door H4 Automatic Special Edition PZEV 20 26 $21,058 $22,295
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual 20 26 $19,666 $20,795
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual GT Ltd 18 25 $27,013 $28,895
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual GT Spec B w/Nav 17 24 $32,106 $34,595
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual PZEV 20 26 $19,872 $20,995
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual Special Edition 20 26 $19,941 $21,095
Legacy 4-Door H4 Manual Special Edition PZEV 20 26 $20,146 $21,295
Legacy 4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R 17 24 $24,894 $26,595
Legacy 4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd 17 24 $27,911 $29,895
Legacy 4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd w/Nav 17 24 $29,741 $31,895
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4-Door Sedan GL Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan GL Automatic 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan GL Manual 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS Automatic 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS Manual 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS V6 Automatic 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS V6 Manual 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX V6 4MOTION Automatic 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX V6 Automatic 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX V6 Manual 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
Passat 4-Door Sedan W8 4MOTION 6-spd Manual 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
Passat 4-Door Sedan W8 4MOTION Automatic 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
Passat 4-Door Wgn GL Automatic 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
Passat 4-Door Wgn GL Manual 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS Automatic 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS Manual 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS V6 Automatic 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS V6 Manual 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX V6 4MOTION Automatic 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX V6 Automatic 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX V6 Manual 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
Passat 4-Door Wgn W8 4MOTION 6-spd Manual 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Passat 4-Door Wgn W8 4MOTION Automatic 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,578
$20,863
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,795
$22,825
Monthly Payment Estimate
$363 / month
$380 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
51.0 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.9 95
Second Leg Room (in)
33.9 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.5 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
52.6 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 55.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.5 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
59.1 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.7 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
105.1 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
26.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
58.9 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
188.7 185.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.4 15
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.6 x 0.39 9.6 x 0.39
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)
10.8 x 0.94 11.3 x 0.98
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 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 14.3
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
205/50R17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
205/50R17 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3000 N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3000 N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3325 3322
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.8 7.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
490 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
169 @ 4400 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/150 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 170 @ 5900
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic, Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.79 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41
Trans Type
4 5
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Sportshift w/Tiptronic
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.27 4.10
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 2.00
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 3.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Legacy Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/antisquat Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Four-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Lower L-Arms NA
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 -

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