The 2011 Subaru Outback is certainly a niche vehicle; surely, many Outback buyers never look at any other car, and there aren't that many direct competitors.
The Toyota Venza is a car-based crossover, available in all-wheel-drive, and offers a fuel-saving four as well, but it’s heavier and has less room inside.
It's big selling point it a high seating position, and it might appeal to those who don't care about the rugged cues.
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.
Those looking for less of an SUV might consider Volvo's also-rugged XC70 wagon.
Otherwise, the newest versions of two familiar American SUVs are rivals.
Both the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee are all-new for 2011.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is much more refined and sophisticated compared to the previous brute, while the 2011 Ford Explorer that's on the way later this year promises to be much more fuel-efficient and carlike without completely giving up on trail ability.
|2011 Subaru OutbackBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2011 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota VenzaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Volvo XC70Browse Used Listings||2011 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Flat 4||Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas I4||Gas I6||Gas I6|
|Mid-Size Station Wagon||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4dr Wagon H4 Man 2.5i||FWD 4dr Base||RWD 4dr Laredo||4dr Wagon I4 FWD (Natl)||4dr Wagon 3.2L FWD||FWD 4dr 3.2L|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Wagon||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door Wagon||5 Door Wagon||5 Door Wagon|
|Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic,||Automatic,|