Compare 2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Subaru Legacy

2018 Volkswagen Passat
2018 Subaru Legacy
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2.0T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 2.0T S Automatic 25 36 $22,052 $22,995
Passat 2.0T SE Automatic 25 36 $25,217 $26,295
Passat 2.0T SE w/Technology Automatic 25 36 $28,382 $29,595
Passat 2.0T SEL Premium Automatic 25 36 $30,353 $31,650
Passat R-Line Automatic 25 36 $23,970 $24,995
Passat V6 GT DSG 19 28 $27,952 $29,145
Passat V6 SEL Premium DSG 19 28 $33,230 $34,650
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2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy 2.5i 25 34 $20,979 $22,195
Legacy 2.5i Limited 25 34 $27,317 $29,095
Legacy 2.5i Premium 25 34 $22,946 $24,295
Legacy 2.5i Sport 25 34 $24,835 $26,345
Legacy 3.6R Limited 20 28 $29,897 $31,945
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,052
$20,979
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,995
$22,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$383 / month
$370 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.5
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat does little wrong, but its stoicism means it isn’t much fun. The 2018 Subaru Legacy may be the best mid-size sedan that buyers largely miss. It skips performance for a good safety record and relative value—not bad things.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102 104.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 58.1
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 38.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57 57.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 40
Second Hip Room (in)
- 55
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55.5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
191.9 188.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.5 59
Track Width, Rear (in)
61 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
110.4 108.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 62.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 15
Brakes
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)
10.7 11.8
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)
12.3 11.6
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.4 36.8
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P225/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
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 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3274 3514
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
330 490
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 1500 174 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
174 @ 5000 175 @ 5800
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 3.58 - 0.62
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 3.90
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 -
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.51 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Passat Subaru Legacy
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 6.0
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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