Compare 2014 Subaru Outback vs 2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Subaru Outback
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,123
$28,288
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,495
$30,015
Monthly Payment Estimate
$392 / month
$500 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
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
City
22 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.8 39.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.8 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 56.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.4 151.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 61.3
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
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
Liftover Height (in)
28 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 78.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61 67
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
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 -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 12.8
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 12.8
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.6
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 38.9
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/70SR16 P245/65TR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/70SR16 P245/65TR17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
270 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2700 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2700 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2700 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
270 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3423 4534
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 175
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
490 650
Engine
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
173 @ 5600 290 @ 6500
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded H-4 Regular Unleaded V-6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 24
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Outback Ford Explorer
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
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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