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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,726 $30,360
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $36,772 $39,535
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,299 $33,520
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 25 $26,886 $28,360
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $34,952 $37,535
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 25 $29,479 $31,520
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4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i 22 29 $22,766 $24,195
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited 22 29 $26,730 $28,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited PZEV 22 29 $27,038 $28,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited Pwr Moon 22 29 $26,730 $28,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited Pwr Moon PZEV 22 29 $27,038 $28,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited Pwr Moon/Nav 22 29 $26,730 $28,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited Pwr Moon/Nav PZEV 22 29 $27,038 $28,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i PZEV 22 29 $23,073 $24,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem 22 29 $24,012 $25,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP 22 29 $24,012 $25,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP PZEV 22 29 $24,322 $25,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP/HK Aud 22 29 $24,012 $25,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP/HK Aud PZEV 22 29 $24,322 $25,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP/HK/Moon 22 29 $24,012 $25,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP/HK/Moon PZEV 22 29 $24,322 $25,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP/Pwr Moon 22 29 $24,012 $25,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem AWP/Pwr Moon PZEV 22 29 $24,322 $25,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Prem PZEV 22 29 $24,322 $25,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i 19 27 $21,848 $23,195
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i PZEV 19 27 $22,155 $23,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Prem 19 27 $23,094 $24,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP 19 27 $23,094 $24,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP PZEV 19 27 $23,404 $24,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP/HK Audio 19 27 $23,094 $24,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP/HK PZEV 19 27 $23,404 $24,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP/HK/Moon 19 27 $23,094 $24,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP/HK/Moon PZEV 19 27 $23,404 $24,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP/Pwr Moon 19 27 $23,094 $24,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Prem AWP/Pwr Moon PZEV 19 27 $23,404 $24,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Prem PZEV 19 27 $23,404 $24,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H6 Automatic 3.6R 18 25 $26,369 $28,195
Outback 4-Door Wgn H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited 18 25 $29,484 $31,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited Pwr Moon 18 25 $29,484 $31,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited Pwr Moon/Nav 18 25 $29,484 $31,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H6 Automatic 3.6R Prem 18 25 $27,416 $29,195
Outback 4-Door Wgn H6 Automatic 3.6R Prem HK Audio/Pwr Moon 18 25 $27,416 $29,195
Outback 4-Door Wgn H6 Automatic 3.6R Prem Pwr Moon 18 25 $27,416 $29,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,726
$22,766
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,360
$24,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$506 / month
$403 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD Mid-Size Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 -
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 40.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 105.4
Second Hip Room (in)
56.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 56.3
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.3
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.0 56.1
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 43.0
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 -
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.0 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 107.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
67.0 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
197.1 188.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 65.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 34.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 71.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21.0 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.6 x - TBD -
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)
- TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 38.7
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.2
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 215/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 215/70R16
Spare Tire Size
T165/80D17 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 270
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 405
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2700
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2700
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4732 3495
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Mini - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 6.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4100 170 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
998 NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 170 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
SMPI - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 NA
Trans Type
6 1
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.36
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 NA
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Subaru Outback
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Wagon
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.87 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.26 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 5
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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