- Dec 4, 2021
Interesting perspective. Having worked on hundreds of both makes and owned several, I would put VW and Subaru at basically the same level. Both are similar build quality to Toyota and Honda, but a bit quirkier and more expensive to maintain. VW wins the interior and aesthetics, but Subaru wins on utility. Cost of ownership is likely similar. If my daughter was choosing, I'd definitely recommend an AWD Impreza over a FWD Golf (that is, if VW even sold regular Golf's here anymore).I don't understand how Subaru still exists in the US or who is buying them.
Mazda 3 hits a sweet spot too. It's got AWD and handling as good as Subaru, interior quality of the VW, and maintenance and reliability as good or better than Honda or Toyota. It does fall short in terms of cargo capacity, and of course seating comfort is subjective. Visibility, unfortunately, is also terrible which seems to be a high priority for OP.
;Tldr: Subaru for the win. If a slight upgrade in price is possible, you will not find better visibility in any vehicle than the Subaru Forester.