Compare The New 2021 Subaru Legacy vs 2021 Volkswagen Passat Models

Choosing the next car to carry your family in is no small decision. Not only are there a large number of midsize sedans to pick from, it takes time to research them all. Which one is the safest, most reliable, and has enough space for everyone? The Subaru Legacy and the Volkswagen Passat are two of those choices and we've already done the research for you. In the paragraphs below, we'll discuss the differences and similarities to help you make up your mind. After reading, stop into Byers Airport Subaru for a test drive.

Subaru Legacy interior specs

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Interior Space & Comfort

The Passat may edge out the Legacy in trunk volume and rear head room, but only by a thin margin. The Subaru Legacy has a spacious cabin and delivers a wealth of legroom and headroom. With 105.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, the Legacy makes sure everyone is comfortable, no matter how long the journey. And speaking of comfort, the Legacy wins this battle as well. While both vehicles offer available heated front seats and a dual-zone climate control, only the Legacy furnishes available features such as ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and heated rear outboard seats.


Subaru Legacy technology specs

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Technology

Both vehicles offer infotainment systems that will let you easily pair your smartphone for audio streaming and hands-free calling, but only the Subaru Legacy comes standard with dual 7-inch touchscreens. Upgrading trim levels will get you a tablet-like 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen with dual USB ports while the Passat only offers a 6.3-inch display and one USB port. The Subaru Legacy also has the available option of wireless device charging, something the Passat does not offer.

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Subaru Legacy performance specs

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Performance

The power generated by the Subaru Legacy is really where it separates itself from other midsize sedans. The Legacy has two engine options, both of which deliver more horsepower than the one engine offered by the VW Passat. Best of all, you get great gas mileage with either of the Legacy's engine options, meaning you save more at the pump. With the entry-level Subaru BOXER®: engine, you get 182 horsepower and 35 highway MPG while the available 260 horsepower engine still nets you a respectable 32 MPG on the highway.


Subaru Legacy safety specs

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Safety & Driver Assist Features

The 2021 Subaru Legacy was given top honors by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, being named a Top Safety Pick+ and being rated superior in all tests. The 2021 Passat did not receive this accolade. The reason the Legacy is so lauded is mainly due to its standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This suite of features includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, High-Beam Assist, and Lane Keep Assist functions. The only one of these that is standard on the Passat is Adaptive Cruise Control; all the rest you have to pay more for.


Subaru Legacy features

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Features

When it comes to standard and available features, the only one the Legacy and the Passat seem to have in common is an available moonroof. After that, the Subaru Legacy takes the lead. LED Steering Responsive Headlights are standard and LED fog lights are standard on higher trim levels of the Legacy, features that the Passat does not have. Leather-trimmed upholstery comes standard on all Subaru Legacy Limited models, while the Passat offers Leatherette upholstery on higher trims, which is a plastic-based vinyl material. An option that only the Legacy offers is a trunk cargo hook to help keep your shopping bags upright, meaning no messy spills after leaving the grocery store.

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2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Value

At a starting MSRP of only $22,895, the Subaru Legacy comes in over $1,000 less than the new Volkswagen Passat. Not only is it more affordable, the Subaru Legacy is better equipped to keep your family safe, comfortable, and entertained, no matter how big the adventure! Of course, the best way to know if the Legacy is the best fit is to stop by our showroom at Byers Airport Subaru, talk to our team of friendly Subaru experts, and take a test drive.

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.