Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Subaru is a brand that's often associated with SUVs, but its flagship sedan, the Legacy, is a shining example of what makes Subaru so well-loved. It combines a stylish design and plenty of room with cutting-edge technology and legendary quality and longevity. The award-winning reputation of Subaru alone is enough to put the Legacy above competitors like the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, but the Subaru Legacy also has distinctive features that make it the better choice. To learn more before your test drive, we've compared the two vehicles here.

Subaru Legacy backseat

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 VW Passat: Design

Midsize sedans are prized for their roominess, and the 2020 Subaru Legacy delivers. It has 105.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the 2020 VW Passat has just 102 cubic feet. But it's more than just the roominess that sets the Subaru Legacy apart. Upgrade to higher trim levels and you'll have access to features like ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and quality Nappa leather upholstery. Good luck trying to find these features in a 2020 Volkswagen Passat! Between these two cars, the Subaru is the only place you'll get them.


11.6-inch touchscreen in a Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 VW Passat: Infotainment

No matter which 2020 VW Passat model you choose, you'll get a 6.3-inch touchscreen. This is smaller than even the touchscreen in the Subaru Impreza, a compact sedan. A true flagship sedan deserves better, which is why the entry-level 2020 Subaru Legacy comes with a STARLINK® Multimedia system with two 7-inch touchscreens! Prefer all your information on the same screen? The Legacy also offers an available 11.6-inch touchscreen! Standard cloud-based applications provide greater connectivity than you'll find in any 2020 Volkswagen Passat.

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Subaru Legacy driving down a coastal highway

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 VW Passat: Performance

When you choose the 2020 Subaru Legacy, you'll be getting a car with an engine that's more powerful than the one in the Volkswagen Passat. But it's not only the power that separates these two vehicles. The Subaru Legacy gets better gas mileage, despite being an all-wheel drive vehicle. To top it all off, you'll get the smooth, quiet drive that comes from the flat design of the engine in the Legacy.

The Subaru Legacy is just getting started! While the Volkswagen Passat only has the one engine available, the 2020 Legacy offers a second, more powerful choice. Its optional turbocharged engine generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Despite this, it still gets up to 32 miles per gallon--just a little less than the standard VW Passat!


Subaru Legacy driving in the rain

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 VW Passat: Safety

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is a full-time all-wheel drive system found in all Subaru SUVs. It's what gives them their well-known off-road prowess. Of course, you probably won't be off-roading in the Subaru Legacy, but it still comes with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. When you're on the streets, this AWD system gives you a notable advantage by increasing your traction. It's just one of the many safety features that set the Subaru Legacy apart. But you don't have to settle for our word: check out what the experts have to say! The 2020 Subaru Legacy earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2020 VW Passat earned no awards from IIHS at all.


Adaptive cruise control visualized on a Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 VW Passat: Driver Assistance Technology

Every 2020 Subaru Legacy comes with EyeSight® driver assistance technology. This suite of features includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist functions to help you stay exactly where you need to be as you drive and avoid collisions. It also includes pre-collision braking, which can help mitigate or even prevent crashes. Pre-collision braking comes standard on the VW Passat, but not other features like adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. To get these available upgrades, you'd have to pay extra.

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2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 VW Passat: Value

The 2020 Subaru Legacy has a starting MSRP that's less than that of the 2020 VW Passat, but that's just the beginning. It has better long-term value, as well! 97% of Subaru models sold within the past decade are still on the road today. Volkswagen, on the other hand, recently had to reduce their once-impressive warranty. As such, the 2020 Passat comes with a powertrain warranty that only lasts for 4 years or 50,000 miles. Compare this to the powertrain warranty that comes with the 2020 Subaru Legacy: it lasts for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Whether in the short term or the long, Subaru has what it takes.

2020 Subaru Legacy2020 Volkswagen Passat
$22,745Starting MSRP*$22,995
35 Highway - 27 CityFuel Economy (MPG)34 Highway - 23 City
Symmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard DrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive (AWD Not Available)
182Standard Horsepower174
105.5 ft3Passenger Volume102 ft3
StandardAutomatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardFloor MatsAvailable Upgrade
StandardLane-Keep AssistAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable 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.