Compare 2014 Ford Explorer vs 2014 Subaru Outback

2014 Ford Explorer
2014 Subaru Outback
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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $28,288 $30,015
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $30,173 $32,015
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,679 $32,900
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,544 $34,900
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 $38,862 $41,675
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4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i
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
$28,288
$22,123
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,015
$23,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$500 / month
$392 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage. 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
City
17 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 -
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 40.8
Second Hip Room (in)
56.7 53.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 105.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 56.3
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.3
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 56.1
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 43
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 -
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 54.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 65.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 61
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 107.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
67 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.6 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
197.1 189
Liftover Height (in)
- 28
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 34.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 71.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 34.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 70.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- 44.9
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 29.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 41.1
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- 42.9
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 11.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 11.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 36.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P215/70SR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P215/70SR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 270
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2700
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2700
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 2700
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 270
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4534 3423
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 490
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 174 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
998-1 NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 173 @ 5600
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded H-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 29
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.45
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 4.44
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.30
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.95
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Subaru Outback
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.0 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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