2009 Subaru Legacy vs. Its Competition

2009 Subaru Legacy

The Altima and Passat are both sporty mid-size sedans that have very attractive, comfortable interiors, though the Altima isn't available with all-wheel drive and the Passat only offers it with the more expensive V-6 model.

The Audi A4 is a more formidable alternative, with its fuel-efficient 2.0T powertrain, quattro all-wheel drive, and very attractive, upscale interior.

Finally, Volvo and Subaru buyers have long overlapped, and the Volvo S60 has several sensible and attractive all-wheel-drive models.

Neither of them offers performance like the GT Spec.B, but the S60 has a better ride and more comfortable interior.

With its standard all-wheel drive and more of a reputation for performance than for being a bread-and-butter family vehicle, the 2009 Subaru Legacy competes with some of the more exciting-to-drive mid-size sedans, along with the most affordable of the European sports sedans.

Both the S60 and the Legacy are due to be replaced next year.

2009 Subaru Legacy 2009 Subaru Legacy
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2009 Audi A42009 Audi A4
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2008 Nissan Altima 2-door Coupe I4 Man S Front Exterior View2008 Nissan Altima
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2008 Volvo S60 2.5T2008 Volvo S60
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2003 Volkswagen Passat GL2003 Volkswagen Passat
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Quick Specs
The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
The 2008 Volvo S60 is a comfortable, safe all-weather sedan, but if you want top sport-sedan performance, you should look elsewhere.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Low-Pressure Turbo Gas I5Gas I4
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Style Name    
4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.54-Door Sedan 2.5T FWD4-Door Sedan GL Manual
All Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
ManualCVTManual w/ODAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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