Advertisement
Find a Car
Go!

2014 Subaru Outback vs. Its Competition

 
2014 Subaru Outback 4-door Wagon H6 Auto 3.6R Limited Side Exterior View
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

?
Get FREE Price Quote
What’s this?
What’s this? X
Our expert editors build comparisons like this one to make it easy for you to understand the small handful of cars you should compare to whatever car you are already looking at. You get general thoughts on each car you should consider plus an easy way to compare basic information for yourself.

The 2014 Subaru Outback manages to attract close to 100,000 buyers a year with a vehicle that's a halfway mix of crossover and old-style wagon.

The car-like handling and roadholding, combined with standard all-wheel drive and 9 inches of ground clearance, make the Outback comfortable and spacious on smooth roads and remarkably capable off them.

Any competing crossover of the same size has worse handling, lower gas mileage, and less room inside.

The Volvo XC60 crossover is far more stylish, and far more expensive.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is thirstier, especially fitted with a V-8, and the high fuel efficiency of its new optional EcoDiesel model will set you back several thousand dollars more.

Fitted with the most efficient EcoBoost four, the heavy Ford Explorer is just slow--and that engine precludes all-wheel drive.

Finally, there's the Toyota Venza--with a high seating position, but also based on a car chassis.

Its drawbacks are that it's smaller inside--unlike the Outback, it won't carry two medium dog carriers side by side--and all-wheel drive isn't standard.

The Outback's continuing unique mix of capability, durability, and aggressive pricing helps to explain why many buyers never consider any other vehicle.

2014 Subaru Outback 4-door Wagon H6 Auto 3.6R Limited Side Exterior View2014 Subaru OutbackGet FREE Price Quote2014 Ford Explorer2014 Ford ExplorerGet FREE Price Quote2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT2014 Jeep Grand CherokeeGet FREE Price Quote2014 Volvo XC702014 Volvo XC70Get FREE Price Quote2014 Volvo XC602014 Volvo XC60Get FREE Price Quote
Quick Specs
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
Above all else, the 2014 Subaru Outback remains an eminently practical and capable vehicle, with generous interior space both for people and their gear.
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage.
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee adds great turbodiesel fuel economy to a resume already blushing with talent.
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2014 Volvo XC70 is an upscale option for active families–offering advanced safety technology in a tough, luxurious, utilitarian vehicle.
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2014 Volvo XC60 keeps in sync with Volvo's reputation for safe, luxurious wagons–just in a taller crossover package.
MSRP From    
$23,495$30,015$29,495$34,500$34,850
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-6Regular Unleaded I-6
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5iFWD 4-Door BaseRWD 4-Door AltitudeFWD 4-Door Wagon 3.2LFWD 4-Door 3.2L
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
57555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
WagonSport UtilitySport UtilityWagonSport Utility
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.