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Selected Style FWD 4-Door Base
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Drivetrain

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $27,427 $29,100
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $29,312 $31,100
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,474 $32,680
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,339 $34,680
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,528 $38,100
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,393 $40,100
4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $38,027 $40,780
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i
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Transmission

Engine

Emissions

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i 22 29 $22,123 $23,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual PZEV 2.5i 22 29 $22,431 $23,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i 24 30 $23,040 $24,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i 24 30 $23,349 $24,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i Premium 22 29 $24,289 $25,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual PZEV 2.5i Premium 22 29 $24,602 $26,095
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Premium 24 30 $25,208 $26,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Premium 24 30 $25,520 $27,095
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited 24 30 $27,281 $29,095
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Limited 24 30 $27,589 $29,395
4-Door Wagon H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited 17 25 $30,034 $32,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,427
$22,123
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,100
$23,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$485 / month
$392 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The Ford Explorer trades some trail-riding and towing for on-road driving lessons, and comes out fluent. Above all else, the 2014 Subaru Outback remains an eminently practical and capable vehicle, with generous interior space both for people and their gear.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in) 40.700 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 61.000 56.1
Front Leg Room (in) 40.600 43
Passenger Volume (ft³) 151.700 105.4
Third Head Room (in) 37.800 -
Front Hip Room (in) 57.300 54.5
Third Shoulder Room (in) 50.800 -
Second Leg Room (in) 39.800 37.8
Front Head Room (in) 41.400 40.8
Passenger Capacity 7 5
Second Hip Room (in) 56.700 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.300 56.3
Third Leg Room (in) 33.200 -
Second Head Room (in) 40.500 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 67.000 61
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.600 8.7
Length, Overall (in) 197.100 189
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - -
Height, Overall (in) 70.400 65.8
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 28
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.000 61
Wheelbase (in) 112.600 107.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.900 71.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 70.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 80.700 71.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 21.000 34.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - 42.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 41.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 43.800 34.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 44.9
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 29.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 11.3
Brake Type Pwr -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 11.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.600 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.200 36.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.750 -
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/65R17 P215/70SR16
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P245/65R17 P215/70SR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 2700
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 2700
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 270
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 300 405
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs) - 2700
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4534 3423
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 175 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 490
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 255 @ 4100 174 @ 4100
Engine Order Code 998 NA
Displacement 3.5L/213 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6500 173 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.880 3.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.870 1.95
Trans Order Code 44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.390 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.410 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Manual w/OD
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.740 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.480 3.45
Clutch Size (in) NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.840 1.30
Trans Type 6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 1.000 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.000 0.82
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer Subaru Outback
Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.866 -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.259 -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.1 7.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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