2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Whether you're looking to upgrade to a more reliable and comfortable new car or downsize from a larger SUV, a midsize sedan may just be the best option. But with so many to choose from, which one offers the best value, quality, and capability for your money? If there's one thing we know, it's cars and we want you to have the information necessary to make the best choice for your needs. Below, we're comparing the new 2021 Subaru Legacy to the Volkswagen Passat. Both models have a lot to offer, but we think you'll agree that your money is better invested in a new Subaru. Check out the details below and come find out more during a test drive at McKenna Subaru.

Interior view of 2021 Subaru Legacy

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Interior

Among the many advantages of getting a new midsize sedan is that they typically offer enough space to be comfortable in without being especially large to maneuver around a parking lot. The new VW Passat certainly illustrates the point with 102.2 cubic feet of passenger space in a car that's a little over 193 inches. That's not far behind the Subaru Legacy that provides 105.5 cubic feet of passenger space at just over 190 inches long. Of course, size isn't everything. The latest Subaru Legacy is available with improved comfort and convenience including ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and real leather upholstery, none of which can be found on a new VW Passat.

Large touchscreen in new Subaru Legacy

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Technology

When shopping for your next new midsize sedan, you can expect to find a modern touchscreen multimedia system. The new Subaru Legacy and VW Passat are no exceptions. While they both come standard with a touchscreen interface, they're far from the same. At the start of the Subaru Legacy lineup, you'll find information and controls intuitively split between dual seven-inch touchscreens compared to the traditional single screen in the Volkswagen Passat. Step above the entry-level Subaru Impreza, and you'll find a tablet-like touchscreen measuring a generous 11.6 inches. That's well beyond anything you'll find in a VW.

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2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Performance

A new midsize sedan is a great way to split the difference between sporty performance and economic efficiency. For good examples of this, look no further than the new 2021 Subaru Legacy and VW Passat. At the start of its lineup, the midsize sedan from Volkswagen comes with a 2.0-liter engine that makes 174 horsepower, and that's the engine that you get no matter which model you choose. Meanwhile the new Subaru Legacy kicks things off with a slightly more powerful BOXER® engine making 182 horsepower. If you're looking for a bit more than that, check out a new Subaru Legacy XT equipped with the available turbocharged engine that puts you in control of an exhilarating 260 horsepower. Another important thing to be aware of is that every new Subaru Legacy is equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. That makes for a safer and more capable drive no matter what the road ahead looks like. Come see us for a test drive to learn more.

Red Subaru Legacy driving along a waterfront

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Safety

Traffic in Southern California can be unpredictable and downright dangerous. It's why your next new car should be especially safe. Here, we see some more significant differences between the new Subaru Legacy and VW Passat. For instance, the independent experts at the IIHS have awarded the new Subaru Legacy their highest 2021 Top Safety Pick + award. The new Volkswagen Passat didn't earn any such safety awards. When the folks at the NHTSA tested both models, they found a higher likelihood of thoracic injury for the front passenger in the event of certain frontal collisions.

Subaru Legacy with illustration of driver assistance technology

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Driver Assistance

Have you heard about the latest automotive safety technology that assists drivers and helps prevent collisions? This includes automatic pre-collision braking, which is a standard feature in the new Subaru Legacy and Volkswagen Passat. Though, that's where the similarities end. You can pay more to upgrade the new VW Passat to include features like high beam assist, lane keep assist, and more, but these are all examples of features that are standard in every Subaru Legacy. When it comes to available driver assistance technology, you can equip your next new Subaru Legacy with DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System and other features that simply aren't available on a Volkswagen Passat.

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There are a lot of choices when shopping for a new car. While Volkswagen and Subaru have both earned excellent reputations for quality engineering, it doesn't take long to see that the new Subaru Legacy offers more for your money. It starts out with a value-packed MSRP of $22,895, which includes more room, superior performance, and greater safety. When you consider these advantages and other, the starting MSRP of $23,995 for a VW Passat just seems too high. Come see us for a test drive and learn more at McKenna Subaru in Huntington, Beach.

2021 Subaru Legacy2021 Volkswagen Passat
$22,895Starting MSRP*$23,995
35 Highway - 27 CityFuel Economy (MPG)36 Highway - 24 City
Symmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard DrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive (AWD Not Available)
182Standard Horsepower174
105.5 ft3Passenger Volume102.2 ft3
StandardAutomatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardFloor MatsAvailable Upgrade
StandardLane-Keep AssistAvailable Upgrade
StandardSteering Responsive HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
5 Years - 60,000 MilesPowertrain Warranty4 Years - 50,000 Miles

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.