2008 Subaru Legacy Outback vs. Its Competition

2008 Subaru Legacy Outback XT Ltd
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Although a number of the more upscale compact SUVs might be a substitute for the 2008 Subaru Outback, all of the rugged wagon alternatives are somewhat pricier.

The Volvo XC70 costs just a few thousand more than a fully loaded Outback, yet it has a much more refined, distinctive interior that also feels a bit roomier.

The Volvo also excels in safety and safety features.

The Audi Avant wagon model is another possibility that's about the same size as the Outback, though it comes only in V-6 form and is priced at close to $50,000.

And the Passat wagon is a spacious and safe alternative; its 2.0T engine is both more fuel-efficient and more powerful than the Outback's standard engine.

But in order to get the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system on the Passat, you need to pay many thousands more, for a sticker price of almost $40,000.

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Quick Specs
With good performance and enviable safety, the 2008 Subaru Outback remains the top choice for families who value practicality but want a little more toughness.
The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
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.
The 2008 Volvo XC70 brings an extra dose of real off-road ruggedness to a wagon that’s comfortable and spacious but not all that sporty.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas V6Turbocharged gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class   
Mid-Size Station WagonMidsizeMid-Size4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Manual Turbo FWD4-Door Wagon w/Snrf
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan4 Door Wgn5dr Wagon
ManualAutomatic CVTManual w/ODAutomatic,
Detailed Spec Comparison
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