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2013 Subaru Outback

2013 Ford Explorer

  2013 Subaru Outback 2013 Ford Explorer Sport
Invoice $22,123 $27,427
18/30 16/24
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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. Read Full Review The Ford Explorer trades some trail-riding and towing for on-road driving lessons, and comes out fluent. Read Full Review
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  • All-weather agility
  • Good head and leg room all around
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Better gas mileage
  • New safety options


  • Styling's an acquired taste
  • Flat six's gas mileage is much lower
  • Kludgy radio controls
  • Lags on infotainment


  • A crossover with some SUV style
  • Excellent head and shoulder room
  • Fun handling for a crossover starts with steering
  • MyFord Touch is truly innovative
  • Better gas mileage for most models


  • Not much dirt under its nails
  • A steep learning curve for MyFord Touch
  • Turbo four's an extra-cost option
  • Middle seat needs a lift
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