2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

When you need a solid, reliable family vehicle but want an alternative to SUVs, look no further than the 2021 Subaru Legacy. A midsize sedan engineered with the rugged durability, award-winning safety, and standard All-Wheel Drive that you've come to expect from Subaru. Even with all of those features, the Legacy is a better value than its competitors like the 2021 Volkswagen Passat. Continue reading to see the side-by-side comparison below then pop into Shingle Springs Subaru for a test drive.

Subaru Legacy comfort features

2021 Subaru Legacy vs 2021 Volkswagen Passat: Interior Comfort

As a longer and wider car, you would expect that the 2021 Passat would have more interior room, but it's the 2021 Legacy that wins that battle. With 105.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, over three cubic feet more than the Passat, the Legacy offers a roomier, more comfortable cabin with ample head and legroom for up to five occupants. The Legacy is victorious in the comfort arena as well with available features such as ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and heated rear outboard seats, amenities not offered by the Passat.


Subaru Legacy technology features

2021 Subaru Legacy vs 2021 Volkswagen Passat: Technology

Both vehicles offer standard infotainment centers with seamless smartphone integration. That means Bluetooth® with audio streaming and hands-free calling as well as Apple CarPaly™ and Android Auto™ capabilities. The Legacy offers standard dual 7-inch touchscreen displays at the start of the lineup or upgrade to a tablet-size 11.6-inch display which makes it even more user-friendly. The Passat offers a 6.3-inch standard screen and the upgrade only nets you an 8-inch display. What's more, the top trim level of the Legacy delivers a 12-speaker premium audio system, while the comparable level of the Passat only has an 8-speaker system.

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Subaru Legacy performance specs

2021 Subaru Legacy vs 2021 Volkswagen Passat: Performance

No matter which engine you choose on the 2021 Legacy, you're bound to have more fun and stir up more power than you would in the 2021 Passat. Even with the entry-level engine, the Legacy cranks it up to 182 horsepower, while the only available engine from Passat delivers 174 horsepower. Upgrade to the Legacy XT model and get a blistering 260 horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque for a smooth, balanced ride that will still knock your socks off. With all of this power, the Legacy still manages to deliver an impressive 35 MPG on the highway.


Subaru Legacy safety features

2021 Subaru Legacy vs 2021 Volkswagen Passat: Safety

While the 2021 Passat hasn't been tested yet, the 2021 Legacy was awarded five stars across the board by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and was named a 2021 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the highest accolade a vehicle can receive. The Subaru Legacy also offers standard features that the VWPassat does not: Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive which means better handling on wet or muddy roads, and LED Steering Responsive headlights for better visibility when cornering in low-light situations.


Subaru Legacy driver assist features

2021 Subaru Legacy vs 2021 Volkswagen Passat: Driver Assist Features

Subaru's EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology comes standard in the 2021 Legacy, offering features such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision braking, to keep you, and others around you, safer on the highway. While the 2021 Passat offers similar driver assist features, most are only available on higher trim levels which will cost you extra. The DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System is an available feature on the Subaru Legacy that will sound an alert if the system detects the driver is drowsy or distracted, something not offered on the Passat.

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2021 Subaru Legacy vs 2021 Volkswagen Passat: Value

Just by choosing the 2021 Subaru Legacy as your next family sedan, you're already saving over $1,000 over the 2021 Passat. And when you think about Subaru's lauded standard safety features, standard All-Wheel Drive, and the spacious, comfortable cabin, it's obvious it's you're getting the greater value with the Legacy. Stop by our showroom at Shingle Springs Subaru to see the difference for yourself 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.