Compare 2014 Ford Explorer vs 2014 Subaru Outback

2014 Ford Explorer
2014 Subaru Outback
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $30,173 $32,015
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,393 $40,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $38,862 $41,675
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,544 $34,900
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $28,288 $30,015
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,528 $38,100
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,679 $32,900
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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 $25,208 $26,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Automatic 2.5i Premium PZEV 24 30 $25,520 $27,095
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i 22 29 $22,123 $23,495
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i PZEV 22 29 $22,431 $23,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Premium 22 29 $24,289 $25,795
Outback 4-Door Wgn H4 Manual 2.5i Premium PZEV 22 29 $24,602 $26,095
Outback 4-Door Wgn H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited 17 25 $30,034 $32,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,173
$23,040
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,015
$24,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$534 / month
$408 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage. Above all else, the 2014 Subaru Outback remains an eminently practical and capable vehicle, with generous interior space both for people and their gear.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 56.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 105.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 43
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 -
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 54.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 -
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 37.8
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 40.8
Second Hip Room (in)
56.7 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 56.3
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
67 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.6 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
197.1 189
Height, Overall (in)
71 65.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 61
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 107.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 71.7
Liftover Height (in)
- 28
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 34.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 34.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 71.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 41.1
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- 42.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 70.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- 44.9
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 29.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 11.3
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 11.6
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)
18.6 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 36.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P215/70SR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P215/70SR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2700
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2700
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 2700
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 270
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 270
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4697 3459
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 490
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 174 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
998-1 NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 173 @ 5600
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.90
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 -
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 -
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.58 - 0.62
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Subaru Outback
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.5 6.9
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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