Compare 2013 Ford Explorer vs 2013 Subaru Outback

2013 Ford Explorer
2013 Subaru Outback
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $29,312 $31,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,393 $40,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $38,027 $40,780
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,339 $34,680
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $27,427 $29,100
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,528 $38,100
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,474 $32,680
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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 24 30 $23,040 $24,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited 24 30 $27,281 $29,095
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited PZEV 24 30 $27,589 $29,395
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i PZEV 24 30 $23,349 $24,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Premium 24 30 $24,472 $25,995
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Premium PZEV 24 30 $24,782 $26,295
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i 21 28 $22,123 $23,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i PZEV 21 28 $22,431 $23,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Premium 21 28 $23,553 $24,995
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Premium PZEV 21 28 $23,864 $25,295
Outback 4-Door Wgn H6 Automatic 3.6R 18 25 $26,643 $28,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited 18 25 $30,034 $32,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,312
$23,040
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,100
$24,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$518 / month
$408 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Ford Explorer trades some trail-riding and towing for on-road driving lessons, and comes out fluent. The 2013 Subaru Outback is practical above all: it's capable in all kinds of conditions, and has great interior space and standard all-wheel drive.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
40.700 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.000 56.1
Front Leg Room (in)
40.600 43.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.700 105.4
Third Head Room (in)
37.800 -
Front Hip Room (in)
57.300 54.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.800 -
Second Leg Room (in)
39.800 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
41.400 40.8
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Second Hip Room (in)
56.700 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.300 56.3
Third Leg Room (in)
33.200 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.500 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.600 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
197.100 189.0
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 42.6
Height, Overall (in)
70.400 66.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 33.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.000 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
112.600 107.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 29.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.900 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
67.000 61.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.700 71.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21.000 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 42.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 41.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.800 34.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 44.9
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 29.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 70.5
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.600 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.750 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.900 36.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T145/80R17
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - N/A
Spare Tire Order Code
NA N/A
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P215/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - N/A
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P215/70R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2700
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2700
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 405
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4697 3495
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4100 174 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
998 NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 173 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 24
Transmission
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.650 3.900
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.410 1.208
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Continuously Variable Ratio
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.740 0.618
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.480 3.581
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.840 1.658
Trans Type
6 CVT
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.000 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 0.885
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.880 3.667
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.870 2.262
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Subaru Outback
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Wagon
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - N/A
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.866 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.259 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 6.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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