Compare 2009 Subaru Outback vs 2008 Volkswagen Passat

2009 Subaru Outback
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4-Door H4 Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Outback 4-Door H4 Automatic 20 26 $21,932 $23,295
Outback 4-Door H4 Automatic 2.5i Special Edtn 20 26 $23,400 $24,895
Outback 4-Door H4 Automatic 2.5i Special Edtn PZEV 20 26 $23,607 $25,095
Outback 4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd 20 26 $26,470 $28,295
Outback 4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd PZEV 20 26 $26,675 $28,495
Outback 4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd w/Nav 20 26 $28,300 $30,295
Outback 4-Door H4 Automatic Ltd w/Nav PZEV 20 26 $28,506 $30,495
Outback 4-Door H4 Automatic PZEV 20 26 $22,138 $23,495
Outback 4-Door H4 Automatic XT Ltd 18 24 $30,461 $32,795
Outback 4-Door H4 Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 18 24 $32,284 $34,795
Outback 4-Door H4 Manual 20 26 $21,020 $22,295
Outback 4-Door H4 Manual 2.5i Special Edtn 20 26 $22,488 $23,895
Outback 4-Door H4 Manual 2.5i Special Edtn PZEV 20 26 $22,695 $24,095
Outback 4-Door H4 Manual PZEV 20 26 $21,226 $22,495
Outback 4-Door H4 Manual XT Ltd 18 24 $29,367 $31,595
Outback 4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd 17 24 $29,924 $32,095
Outback 4-Door H6 Automatic 3.0R Ltd w/Nav 17 24 $31,746 $34,095
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4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat Sedan 4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD 19 28 $26,064 $27,900
Passat Sedan 4-Door Automatic Lux FWD 19 28 $28,107 $30,100
Passat Sedan 4-Door Automatic Turbo FWD 19 28 $23,432 $25,065
Passat Sedan 4-Door Automatic VR6 4Motion 16 24 $35,556 $38,000
Passat Sedan 4-Door Automatic VR6 FWD 17 26 $33,597 $36,050
Passat Sedan 4-Door Manual Turbo FWD 21 29 $22,359 $23,990
Passat Wagon 4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD 20 28 $27,179 $29,100
Passat Wagon 4-Door Automatic Lux FWD 20 28 $29,222 $31,300
Passat Wagon 4-Door Automatic Turbo FWD 20 28 $24,552 $26,275
Passat Wagon 4-Door Automatic VR6 4Motion 16 24 $36,669 $39,200
Passat Wagon 4-Door Manual Turbo FWD 21 29 $23,479 $25,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,932
$26,064
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,295
$27,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$388 / month
$465 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Subaru Legacy Outback boasts more toughness than most wagons and is a good, practical alternative to tall, ungainly SUVs. With its especially roomy, versatile, and quiet interior and especially powerful and refined powertrains, the 2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon is a great family alternative to an SUV.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Station Wagon Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
51.0 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.4 96.3
Second Leg Room (in)
33.9 37.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.5 38.4
Second Hip Room (in)
52.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 55.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 41.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.7 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
105.1 106.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.5 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
58.9 61.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
188.7 188.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Height, Overall (in)
63.2 58.0
Liftover Height (in)
26.6 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
33.5 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
43.0 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.5 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
73.0 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.2 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.2 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
67.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 14.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 0.94 13.5 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.6 x 0.39 12.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
NA 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
NA 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electromechanical
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/60VR16 P235/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/60VR16 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact P235/45R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2700 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2700 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3365 3246
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.7 7.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
490 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
175 @ 6000 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/150 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 4400 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas Turbocharged I4
Fuel System
MPFI SFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.56
Trans Type
4 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
Sportshift Tiptronic
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.27 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 3.50
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic, Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.79 4.04
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Outback Volkswagen Passat Sedan
Body Style
4 Door Wagon 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Lower L-Arms MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/antisquat 4-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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