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2010 Subaru Outback vs. Its Competition

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2010 Subaru Outback
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The 2010 Subaru Outback has few direct competitors, and many Outback buyers never look at any other car.

The Toyota Venza is a car-based crossover, available in all-wheel drive, and offers a fuel-saving four, but it’s heavier and has less room inside.

The Volvo XC60 offers traditional Swedish safety and surprisingly avant-garde styling, but it may cost $10,000 more than a comparable model of Outback.

And the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the granddaddy of all-wheel-drive crossovers, with available V-8 power and by far the broadest dealer base.

It’s crude and long in the tooth, though, and its best mileage doesn’t even come close to being as good as the thirstiest Outback.

2010 Subaru Outback2010 Subaru Outback2010 Volvo XC602010 Volvo XC602009 Toyota Venza2009 Toyota Venza2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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The 2010 Subaru Outback isn’t especially swoopy or fast, and it hardly carries a luxe image. But with more interior refinement and new features, along with rutted-trail ability that sidelines tough-looking rivals, this Subaru will win more fans.
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The 2010 Volvo XC60 brings unexpected style and a heavy dose of safety technology to families with all-weather needs.
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The 2009 Toyota Venza adds another flavor to the crossover melting pot, but it's a mild one.
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The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a genuine dual-purpose SUV that can handle daily commutes almost as easily as sandstone trails.
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$22,995Browse Used Listings$32,395Browse Used Listings$25,975Browse Used Listings$29,420Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas I6Gas 4-cylGas V6
EPA Class   
Mid-Size Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5iFWD 4-Door 3.2L4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (Natl)RWD 4-Door Laredo
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Wagon5 Door Wagon4 Door Wagon4 Door
ManualAutomatic,AutomaticAutomatic w/OD
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