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Selected Style 4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i 19 27 $21,848 $23,195
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual PZEV 2.5i 19 27 $22,155 $23,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i 22 29 $22,766 $24,195
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i 22 29 $23,073 $24,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i Prem 19 27 $23,094 $24,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual PZEV 2.5i Prem 19 27 $23,404 $24,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP 19 27 $23,094 $24,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual PZEV 2.5i Prem AWP 19 27 $23,404 $24,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP/HK Audio 19 27 $23,094 $24,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual PZEV 2.5i Prem AWP/HK 19 27 $23,404 $24,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP/Pwr Moon 19 27 $23,094 $24,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual PZEV 2.5i Prem AWP/Pwr Moon 19 27 $23,404 $24,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP/HK/Moon 19 27 $23,094 $24,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual PZEV 2.5i Prem AWP/HK/Moon 19 27 $23,404 $24,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem 22 29 $24,012 $25,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Prem 22 29 $24,322 $25,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP 22 29 $24,012 $25,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Prem AWP 22 29 $24,322 $25,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP/HK Aud 22 29 $24,012 $25,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Prem AWP/HK Aud 22 29 $24,322 $25,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP/Pwr Moon 22 29 $24,012 $25,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Prem AWP/Pwr Moon 22 29 $24,322 $25,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP/HK/Moon 22 29 $24,012 $25,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Prem AWP/HK/Moon 22 29 $24,322 $25,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited 22 29 $26,730 $28,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Limited 22 29 $27,038 $28,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited Pwr Moon 22 29 $26,730 $28,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Limited Pwr Moon 22 29 $27,038 $28,795
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited Pwr Moon/Nav 22 29 $26,730 $28,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Limited Pwr Moon/Nav 22 29 $27,038 $28,795
4-Door Wagon H6 Automatic 3.6R 18 25 $26,369 $28,195
4-Door Wagon H6 Automatic 3.6R Prem 18 25 $27,416 $29,195
4-Door Wagon H6 Automatic 3.6R Prem Pwr Moon 18 25 $27,416 $29,195
4-Door Wagon H6 Automatic 3.6R Prem HK Audio/Pwr Moon 18 25 $27,416 $29,195
4-Door Wagon H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited 18 25 $29,484 $31,495
4-Door Wagon H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited Pwr Moon 18 25 $29,484 $31,495
4-Door Wagon H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited Pwr Moon/Nav 18 25 $29,484 $31,495
FWD 4-Door Base
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 25 $26,886 $28,360
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 25 $29,479 $31,520
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $34,952 $37,535
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,726 $30,360
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,299 $33,520
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $36,772 $39,535
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,848
$26,886
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,195
$28,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$387 / month
$473 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Subaru Outback is the equivalent of a good cross-trainer—offering satisfying on-road performance, modest trail capability, and enviable interior versatility and space, all with just a taste of luxury, too. The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Station Wagon Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 57.3
Second Leg Room (in) 37.8 39.8
Front Head Room (in) 40.8 41.4
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 61.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 105.4 151.7
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 40.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 61.0
Front Leg Room (in) 43.0 40.6
Passenger Capacity 5 7
Third Shoulder Room (in) - 50.8
Third Leg Room (in) - 33.2
Third Hip Room (in) - 40.7
Third Head Room (in) - 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 67.0
Wheelbase (in) 107.9 112.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 78.9
Track Width, Front (in) 61.0 67.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 188.2 197.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 65.7 70.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 34.3 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 71.3 80.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 21.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.6 x - TBD - - TBD -
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) 11.3 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.6
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 38.7 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.1 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 215/70R16 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size 215/70R16 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size - TBD - T165/80D17
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2700 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2700 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 270 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 405 300
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3386 4557
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Mini
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 175
Engine
Engine Type Gas Flat 4 Gas V6
Fuel System - TBD - SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 170 @ 4000 255 @ 4100
Engine Order Code NA 998
Displacement 2.5L/150 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5600 290 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 17
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.95 2.87
Trans Order Code NA 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.44 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 4.48
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.30 1.84
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.64 2.88
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - 1.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Wagon 4 Door
Vehicle Name Subaru Outback Ford Explorer
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA 1.26
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.5 9.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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