Compare 2021 Subaru Legacy vs 2021 Volkswagen Passat

2021 Subaru Legacy
2021 Volkswagen Passat
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CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy CVT 27 35 $21,624 $22,895
Legacy Limited CVT 27 35 $28,052 $29,895
Legacy Limited XT CVT 24 32 $32,192 $34,445
Legacy Premium CVT 27 35 $23,729 $25,145
Legacy Sport CVT 27 35 $25,526 $27,095
Legacy Touring XT CVT 24 32 $33,752 $36,145
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2.0T R-Line Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 2.0T R-Line Automatic 24 36 $28,765 $29,995
Passat 2.0T S Automatic 24 36 $23,011 $23,995
Passat 2.0T SE Automatic 24 36 $25,888 $26,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,624
$28,765
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,895
$29,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$382 / month
$500 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
5.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Subaru Legacy aces its value and safety tests, and gets a pass on the rest. The 2021 Volkswagen Passat base model offers good value at a time when new car prices are spiking.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 42.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.5 102
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 -
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
54.8 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 57
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 61
Wheelbase (in)
108.3 110.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 193.6
Height, Overall (in)
59.1 58
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 15.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 12.3
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)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 36.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/55VR17 P235/40HR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55VR17 P235/40HR19
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3499 3314
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 19 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 19 X 8
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
176 @ 4400 206 @ 1700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 5800 174 @ 5200
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded H-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 24
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.07 - 0.84 4.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.70 3.88
Trans Type
8 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.38 3.19
Trans Order Code
NA P6
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.14
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.56
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.85
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.51
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Legacy Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 6.4
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 100
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
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2021 Subaru Legacy
  • 2021 Legacy in adequate supply; 2022s coming soon
  • Lease: From $199 for 36 months
  • Rebates: None, but dealer discounting common
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 63 months
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2021 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2021 VW Passat has hidden discounts
  • Leases: From $209 per month for 39 months
  • Rebates: Up to $250 in unadvertised savings
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 60 months
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