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2020 Subaru WRX vs. 2020 Volkswagen Passat Review

New 2020 Subaru WRX

2020 Subaru
WRX

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New 2020 Volkswagen Passat

2020 Volkswagen
Passat

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MSRP*
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$27,495 to $32,095
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$22,995 to $31,095
Invoice* $25,925 to $30,170 $22,052 to $29,820
MPG - City 21 23
MPG - Hwy 27 N/A
Engine(s) Horizontal Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Passat than the Subaru WRX, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Subaru WRX and the Volkswagen Passat in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Passat you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Subaru WRX is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Passat. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Subaru WRX and the Volkswagen Passat have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Subaru WRX is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Passat, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Subaru WRX, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Passat.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Subaru WRX transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Passat.

Handling
The Subaru WRX has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Passat, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Subaru WRX has a much more powerful engine than the Volkswagen Passat. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Subaru WRX and the Volkswagen Passat. The Subaru WRX has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen Passat, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Subaru WRX is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Passat.