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2008 Subaru Legacy vs. Its Competition

2008 Subaru Legacy Outback XT Ltd
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

2008 Subaru Legacy Outback XT Ltd2008 Subaru Legacy
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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.
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 / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat 4-CylGas V6Gas I6
EPA Class  
CompactMidsize4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
4-Door H4 Manual Special Edition4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Wagon
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan5dr Wagon
ManualAutomatic CVTAutomatic,
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Subaru Legacy vs. 2008 Audi A62008 Subaru Legacy vs. 2008 Volvo XC70