2011 Subaru Outback vs. Its Competition

2011 Subaru Outback 4-door Wagon H4 Auto 2.5i Limited Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

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Quick Specs
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The 2011 Subaru Outback is the equivalent of a good cross-trainer—offering satisfying on-road performance, modest trail capability, and enviable interior versatility and space, all with just a taste of luxury, too.
8.6
The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses.
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The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one capable, good-looking crossover—and a welcome sign of life from Chrysler.
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You won’t find much excitement or flair in the 2011 Toyota Venza, but it makes a lot of sense as an alternative to either a large sedan or a mid-size SUV.
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The 2011 Volvo XC60 offers top in-car tech and luxury features, in a secure package that's big enough for small families.
MSRP From     
$23,195$28,360$30,215$27,125$32,150$32,900
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas Flat 4Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas I4Gas I6Gas I6
EPA Class     
Mid-Size Station WagonSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5iFWD 4-Door BaseRWD 4-Door Laredo4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (Natl)4-Door Wagon 3.2L FWD w/MoonroofAWD 4-Door 3.2L w/Moonroof
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
575555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Wagon4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Wagon5 Door Wagon5 Door Wagon
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic,Automatic,
Detailed Spec Comparison
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