2021 Volkswagen Passat vs 2021 Subaru Legacy Comparison in Columbus, OH

Here at Byers Volkswagen, we could drone on all day about how great and impressive the new 2021 Volkswagen Passat is, but we think it'd be more effective if instead we showed you how the 2021 Passat stacks up against its competition. That's why in this comparison page we're going to take a closer look at the 2021 Passat and one of its competitors, the 2021 Subaru Legacy.

Both sedans say they have the most to offer drivers, but which really has the overall value that drivers are looking for? We'll find that out by directly comparing the key specifications and features of the 2021 Passat and 2021 Legacy side-by-side. Let's see which four-door sedan has the bragging rights as best in its class.

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2021 VW Passat VS 2021 Subaru Legacy: Exterior & Interior

When taking a look at the outside of each sedan, the 2021 Volkswagen Passat clearly stands head-and-shoulders above the competition. The VW Passat features an available R-Line exterior design that gives an incredibly sporty feel to this luxury sedan, and the 19-Inch wheels that come with the R-Line design create a truly bold feel for the Passat. The 2021 Legacy, meanwhile, has a reliable design, but no available upgrade for that sedan can match the available R-Line design.

Step inside the 2021 Passat and you'll find an interior design for both functionality and comfort. The 2021 comes standard with luxurious amenities, like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, that drivers have to pay extra for in the 2021 Legacy. If that's not enough for you, the 2021 Passat also offers the available V-Tex Leatherette seating surface for more comfort and style. Plus, the 2021 Passat has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, edging out the 2021 Legacy and its 15.1 cubic feet of space. Function and style is what the 2021 Passat is all about.


steering wheel and infotainment touchscreen of 2021 volkswagen passat

2021 VW Passat VS 2021 Subaru Legacy: Technology

When it comes to infotainment technology, both the 2021 Passat and 2021 Legacy are at the top of their class. Both sedan models offer Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ standard, as well as Bluetooth® connectivity and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. But, only the 2021 Passat offers the exclusive Car-Net mobile app standard, which includes convenient features like remote start, parking info, and Family Guardian Alerts, which is perfect for drivers with families and young drivers. Also available only in the Passat is the 9-speakers Fender Premium Audio system. The 2021 Passat not only has technology for entertainment, but peace-of-mind safety as well.

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2021 VW Passat VS 2021 Subaru Legacy: Performance & Efficiency

Moving underneath the hood, it's common for drivers to have to choose between performance or efficiency. With the 2021 Passat, you don't have to choose thanks to its punchy and fine-tuned standard 2.0-liter turbo engine that offers 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Legacy can't keep up with that kind of output with its standard 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. But, the 2021 Passat doesn't sacrifice any efficiency to achieve it's impressive performance, evident by its highway fuel economy of 36 mpg. Cost-saving practicality and exhilarating fun: that's what drivers can expect from the 2021 Passat.


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2021 VW Passat VS 2021 Subaru Legacy: Safety

Of course, all the performance and bells and whistles don't mean a thing if the vehicle isn't safe. Again, the 2021 Passat proves its worth against the 2021 Legacy with its array of driver-assist features. Both the 2021 Passat and 2021 Legacy offer technologies like Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking standard, but only with the 2021 Passat are those features standard fare. Passat drivers also get standard Blind Spot Monitor and an Intelligent Crash Response System- because with the 2021 Passat, drivers don't have to pay extra for the best safety on the market.

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2021 VW Passat VS 2021 Subaru Legacy: Price & Value

Last, but certainly not least, we come to the price and value of the 2021 Passat and 2021 Legacy. After seeing all the ways the 2021 Passat can offer more value to drivers in comparison to the 2021 Legacy, you might think it's significantly more expensive to get your hands on one. But, the 2021 Passat is competitively priced with a starting MSRP of just $23,995. Considering all the performance, efficiency, entertainment, and safety features you get standard with the 2021 Passat, that price is an absolute bargain.

If you're looking to get behind the wheel of the new 2021 Passat as soon as possible, get in touch with our staff at Byers Volkswagen in Columbus, Ohio, to schedule your test drive today.

2021 Volkswagen Passat2021 Subaru Legacy 
$23,995Starting MSRP*$22,895
174 HP / 206 lb-ftStandard Performance (Horsepower / Torque)182 HP / 176 lb-ft
24 MPG / 36 MPGStandard Fuel Economy (City / Highway)27 MPG / 35 MPG
StandardLeather-Wrapped Steering WheelAvailable
15.9 Cubic FeetTrunk Space15.1 Cubic Feet
StandardRemote StartNot Available
StandardApple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™Standard
StandardFamily Guardian AlertsNot Available
StandardForward Collision WarningStandard
StandardBlind Spot MonitorAvailable
StandardRear-Vision CameraStandard

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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