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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 21 28 $22,123 $23,495
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual PZEV 2.5i 21 28 $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 21 28 $23,553 $24,995
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual PZEV 2.5i Premium 21 28 $23,864 $25,295
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic 2.5i Premium 24 30 $24,472 $25,995
4-Door Wagon H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Premium 24 30 $24,782 $26,295
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 18 25 $26,643 $28,495
4-Door Wagon H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited 18 25 $30,034 $32,095
FWD 4-Door Base
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $27,427 $29,100
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,474 $32,680
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,528 $38,100
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $29,312 $31,100
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,339 $34,680
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,393 $40,100
4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $38,027 $40,780
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,123
$27,427
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,495
$29,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$392 / month
$485 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2013 Subaru Outback is practical above all: it's capable in all kinds of conditions, and has great interior space and standard all-wheel drive. The Ford Explorer trades some trail-riding and towing for on-road driving lessons, and comes out fluent.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 61.300
Passenger Volume (ft³) 105.4 151.700
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 40.500
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 61.000
Front Leg Room (in) 43.0 40.600
Passenger Capacity 5 7
Front Hip Room (in) 54.5 57.300
Second Leg Room (in) 37.8 39.800
Front Head Room (in) 40.8 41.400
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 56.700
Third Head Room (in) - 37.800
Third Shoulder Room (in) - 50.800
Third Leg Room (in) - 33.200
Third Hip Room (in) - 40.700
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 7.600
Length, Overall (in) 189.0 197.100
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 42.6 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 66.1 70.400
Liftover Height (in) 33.9 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 67.000
Wheelbase (in) 107.9 112.600
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 29.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 78.900
Track Width, Front (in) 61.0 67.000
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 71.3 80.700
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 21.000
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 42.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 41.1 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 34.3 43.800
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 44.9 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 29.1 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 70.5 - TBD -
Brakes
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
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.600
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.1 15.750
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.8 39.200
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P215/70R16 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size T145/80R17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code N/A - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code N/A NA
Rear Tire Size P215/70R16 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code N/A - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 405 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2700 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2700 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3423 4534
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
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 -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 175
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/152 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 173 @ 5600 290 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas Flat 4 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 174 @ 4100 255 @ 4100
Engine Order Code NA 998
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 20
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) N/A NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.296 1.840
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.825 1.000
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.636 2.880
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.947 2.870
Trans Order Code NA 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.440 3.390
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.972 1.410
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic w/manual shift
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.695 0.740
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.454 4.480
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - 1.000
Summary
Vehicle Name Subaru Outback Ford Explorer
Body Style Wagon Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.259
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.866
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.0 9.1
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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