2021 Subaru Legacy VS 2021 Volkswagen Passat Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Getting around Salt Lake City takes a little bit more from your vehicle. After all, winter weather means drivers in this region can seriously benefit from all-wheel drive performance while steep mountain passes and rural roads demand a little extra power. In the midsize sedan segment, only the 2021 Subaru Legacy provides all-wheel drive as standard! It's just one reason we think the new Legacy is an even better value than front-wheel drive only competitors like the 2021 Volkswagen Passat. Below, we'll compare both models head to head. Find out more about what makes the new Subaru Legacy the best sedan for life in the Rocky Mountains.

2021 Legacy Rear Legroom

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Size & Comfort

The 2021 Subaru Legacy is simply a little bigger than the 2021 Volkswagen Passat. With an extra 3 cubic feet of passenger volume, there's a little bit more legroom and shoulder room for everyone to stretch out in the Legacy.

Plus, when you upgrade to a higher trim level, the 2021 Subaru Legacy offers a level of comfort and luxury you can't get from the 2021 VW Passat. Only the new Legacy is available with ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and genuine leather upholstery. When you're looking for an affordable sedan with generous comfort and a more premium look, the 2021 Subaru Legacy gives you the best value.

2021 Legacy Interior

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Features & Technology

While both cars come with touchscreen multimedia systems that can seamlessly integrate your compatible smartphone, you'll find the system in the 2021 Subaru Legacy even more advanced and beautiful to use. In the 2021 VW Passat, you get a single, small touchscreen in the center stack. By contrast, the new 2021 Subaru Legacy gives you a pair of 7" touch displays, or a single 11.6" tablet-style display. More screen real-estate means a bigger, easier-to-read and easier-to-use interface. It means more controls at your fingertips for a more elegant and effortless drive.

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2021 Legacy Profile View

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Performance & Drive

With more power under the hood, the 2021 Subaru Legacy can be a little bit or a lot more exciting to drive than the 2021 Volkswagen Passat. It all depends on which engine you get. Both engines available in the 2021 Subaru Legacy deliver even more horsepower than what you get in the 2021 VW Passat from its only available engine. Entry-level Legacy models generate an extra 8 horsepower compared to the VW Passat, yet get an extra 3 MPG in the city, so you save on fuel! Upgrade to the 2021 Subaru Legacy XT models with 260 horsepower -- 86 more horsepower than the VW passat -- and enjoy turbocharged, sporty performance from this comfortable, classy sedan.

2021 Legacy On Wet Road

2021 Subaru Legacy vs Volkswagen Passat: Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2021 Volkswagen Passat and 2021 Subaru Legacy the best-possible score in every single crash test -- but only the 2021 Subaru Legacy earned a special safety accolade. The 2021 Legacy was named a 2020 Top Safety Pick+ selection -- the highest safety honor given out by the IIHS. The 2021 VW Passat did not earn that award.

Of course, the 2021 Subaru Legacy is well known for its standard all-wheel drive system, unique among midsize sedans. It'll provide the best handling grip, even in wet weather, for added safety and control. By contrast, the 2021 VW Passat is only available as a front-wheel drive vehicle.

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Which Midsize Sedan Is A Better Value For Your Money?

Not only is the 2021 Subaru Legacy better equipped than the 2021 VW Passat, it comes at a starting price that's more affordable by $1,000 compared to the new Passat! So, get the better vehicle for life in Utah and make some more room in your budget for the other important things in life. After all, with the lowest 5-year cost to own among mainstream brands according to Kelley Blue Book, a new Subaru is always a tremendous value. Find out more during a test drive at Nate Wade Subaru!

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.