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Selected Style 4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i
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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
FWD 4-Door Base
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Trim

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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,123
$28,288
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,495
$30,015
Monthly Payment Estimate
$392 / month
$500 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Above all else, the 2014 Subaru Outback remains an eminently practical and capable vehicle, with generous interior space both for people and their gear. The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 29 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 40.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 61
Passenger Capacity 5 7
Front Leg Room (in) 43 40.6
Front Hip Room (in) 54.5 57.3
Second Leg Room (in) 37.8 39.8
Front Head Room (in) 40.8 41.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 105.4 151.7
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 61.3
Third Leg Room (in) - 33.2
Third Hip Room (in) - 40.7
Third Head Room (in) - 37.8
Third Shoulder Room (in) - 50.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 7.6
Length, Overall (in) 189 197.1
Height, Overall (in) 65.8 70.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 61 67
Wheelbase (in) 107.9 112.6
Liftover Height (in) 28 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 78.9
Track Width, Front (in) 61 67
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 71.3 80.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 41.1 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 34.3 21
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 42.9 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 70.5 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 34.3 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 44.9 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 29.1 -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 12.8
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.6 12.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.8 38.9
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/70SR16 P245/65TR17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/70SR16 P245/65TR17
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2700 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs) 2700 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 270 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 405 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2700 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3423 4534
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 X 6.5 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 X 6.5 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 490 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 175
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 173 @ 5600 290 @ 6500
Engine Type Regular Unleaded H-4 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 174 @ 4100 255 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA 998-1
Displacement 2.5 L/152 3.5 L/213
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 17
Transmission
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.64 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.95 2.87
Trans Order Code NA 44J
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 4.48
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.44 3.39
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.30 1.84
Trans Type 6 6
Summary
Body Style Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name Subaru Outback Ford Explorer
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.5 9.0
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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