Compare 2009 Subaru Outback vs 2009 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 Wagon 4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD 19 28 $27,727 $29,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,932
$27,727
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,295
$29,690
Monthly Payment Estimate
$388 / month
$495 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
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. Volkswagen’s especially roomy 2009 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 Leg Room (in)
44.1 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
51.0 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.4 97.1
Second Leg Room (in)
33.9 37.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.5 38.3
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 38.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
26.6 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.7 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
105.1 106.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.5 NA
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)
188.7 188.0
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA NA
Height, Overall (in)
63.2 59.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
67.0 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
33.5 35.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
43.0 NA
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.5 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
73.0 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.2 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.2 NA
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.6 x 0.39 11.0 x - TBD -
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)
11.5 x 0.94 12.3 x - TBD -
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 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electromechanical
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
NA 3.00
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/60VR16 P235/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/60VR16 P235/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
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 3512
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 - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.7 7.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
490 - TBD -
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 Turbocharged gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI FSI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.79 4.04
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Outback Volkswagen Passat Wagon
Body Style
4 Door Wagon 4 Door Wgn
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/antisquat 4-link
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6

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