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Subaru Outback vs. Volkswagen Passat

In comparing the Subaru Outback to the Volkswagen Passat, the Subaru Outback has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Volkswagen Passat has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Passat have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Subaru Outback versus the Volkswagen Passat, the Subaru Outback is a better car than the Volkswagen Passat.

Subaru Outback versus Volkswagen Passat Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Subaru Outback ranges from $23,499 to $34,488 while a used Volkswagen Passat from the same model year range is priced between $18,989 to $26,552. For a new model, the Subaru Outback's price is between $32,795 and $44,141, with the Volkswagen Passat priced between $24,675 and $32,409.

Subaru Outback versus Volkswagen Passat Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Subaru Outback is 8.8 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Passat's quality rating is 8.0 out of 10. This results in the Subaru Outback being ranked 2 out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs and the Volkswagen Passat being ranked 10 out of 13 Best Midsize Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Subaru Outbackā€™s base engine makes 182 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Passat base engine makes 174 horsepower. Both the Outback and the Passat are rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 592 and 666 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Subaru Outback, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Subaru Outback has higher safety ratings than the Volkswagen Passat, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.75 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Subaru Outback has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Subaru Outback

2022 Volkswagen Passat

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$32,795 - $44,141

Used Asking Price:

$23,499 - $34,488

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.5%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$24,675 - $32,409

Used Asking Price:

$18,989 - $26,552

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.8 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

6.9 / 10

Safety:

9.5 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 61
2 / 61
2 / 28
2 / 24
2 / 14
3 / 24
6 / 61
7 / 24
15 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

8 / 8
9 / 13
10 / 13
10 / 13
10 / 13

Summary Review

The Subaru Outback has been a staple on American roads since its inception in 1994. Two different Subaru models, sold side-by-side, bore the Outback name: the wagon-style crossover-SUV we associate with the name today, and the Outback Sport, which eventually became the Crosstrek. The Outback is best known for its standard all-wheel drive, excellent utility, and all-weather capability. New models of the Outback average $36,354 and 3-year-old models average $25,939.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Utilitarian with easy entry and exit and highly function cargo space
  • Comfortable ride quality with an upscale interior
  • Excellent all-weather and light off-road capability

  • Not always fast or inspirational for driving enthusiasts
  • Similarly-sized SUVs often have more cargo and passenger room
  • Fuel economy can be less than expected

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, Touring XT, Wilderness, Base

Trim Levels

R-Line, SE, Limited Edition

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.75 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

176 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.050 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

174 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

206 foot-lbs @ 1700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not applicable

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 32 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

481 / 592 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 36 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

444 / 666 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.4 inches

Cargo Space:

32.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

75.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

141.6 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57 inches

Cargo Space:

15.9 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

Not applicable

Overall Interior Volume:

102.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3641 lbs

Width:

82 inches

Height:

66.4 inches

Length:

191.1 inches

Wheelbase:

108.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.7 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3369 lbs

Width:

72.6 inches

Height:

58.7 inches

Length:

193.6 inches

Wheelbase:

110.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/45R18