Compare 2015 Ford Explorer vs 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2015 Subaru Outback

2015 Ford Explorer
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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2015 Subaru Outback
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $30,820 $32,700
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,487 $40,200
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $40,191 $43,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,638 $35,000
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $28,935 $30,700
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,622 $38,200
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,773 $33,000
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4WD 4-Door Altitude
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Altitude 17 24 $31,840 $31,995
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door High Altitude 17 24 $44,779 $46,595
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Laredo 17 24 $31,840 $31,995
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $37,776 $39,065
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Overland 17 24 $44,779 $46,595
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door SRT 13 19 $62,314 $64,895
Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-Door Summit 17 24 $49,801 $51,995
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Altitude 17 25 $29,855 $29,995
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door High Altitude 17 25 $41,904 $43,595
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Laredo 17 25 $29,855 $29,995
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $35,831 $37,065
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Overland 17 25 $41,904 $43,595
Grand Cherokee RWD 4-Door Summit 17 25 $46,926 $48,995
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4-Door Wgn 2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i 25 33 $23,407 $24,895
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i Limited 25 33 $28,106 $29,995
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i Limited PZEV 25 33 $28,417 $30,295
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i PZEV 25 33 $23,717 $25,195
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i Premium 25 33 $25,394 $26,995
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i Premium PZEV 25 33 $25,706 $27,295
Outback 4-Door Wgn 3.6R Limited 20 27 $30,860 $32,995

Pricing

Invoice Price

$30,820
$31,840
$23,407

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$32,700
$31,995
$24,895

Monthly Payment Estimate

$545 / month
$533 / month
$415 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.4
8.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2015 Ford Explorer has a historic name, but it's a much more comfortable, road-worthy vehicle than it ever was in the past. The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an engine for everyone, and a feature list as extensive as those found in luxury sedans. The 2015 Subaru Outback is as much of a tough, safe family wagon as ever; but this year, its brawn doesn't come with as much compromise in comfort and quiet.

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Fuel Economy

City

17 mpg 17 mpg 25 mpg

Highway

23 mpg 24 mpg 33 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Standard SUV 4WD Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Third Hip Room (in)

40.7 - -

Second Shoulder Room (in)

61 58 57.3

Passenger Volume (ft³)

151.7 105.4 108.1

Front Leg Room (in)

40.6 40.3 42.9

Third Head Room (in)

37.8 - -

Front Hip Room (in)

57.3 57 55.5

Third Shoulder Room (in)

50.8 - -

Second Leg Room (in)

39.8 38.6 38.1

Passenger Capacity

7 5 5

Front Head Room (in)

41.4 39.9 40.8

Second Hip Room (in)

56.7 56.2 55

Front Shoulder Room (in)

61.3 58.7 58.1

Third Leg Room (in)

33.2 - -

Second Head Room (in)

40.5 39.2 38.9

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

67 63.9 61.8

Min Ground Clearance (in)

8.3 8.6 8.7

Length, Overall (in)

197.1 189.8 189.6

Height, Overall (in)

71 69.3 66.1

Track Width, Rear (in)

67 64.1 62.2

Wheelbase (in)

112.6 114.8 108.1

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

78.9 76.5 72.4

Liftover Height (in)

- 32.4 27.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

21 36.3 35.5

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

43.8 36.3 35.5

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

80.7 68.3 73.3

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- - 41.8

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

- - 42.5

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- - 77.7

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- - 46.3

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- - 32.5

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.8 12.6 11.8

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.8 12.9 12.4

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.6 24.6 18.5

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.9 37.1 36.1

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/60HR18 P265/50TR20 P225/65HR17

Rear Tire Order Code

NA TV9 NA

Front Tire Size

P245/60HR18 P265/50TR20 P225/65HR17

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA TV9 NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 3500 2700

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 3500 2700

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

2000 3500 2700

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 350 270

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 350 270

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4610 4677 3593

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 20 X 8 17 X 7

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Steel

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7.5 20 X 8 17 X 7

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Steel

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

650 700 490

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

175 160 110

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

255 @ 4000 260 @ 4800 174 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

998-1 ERB NA

Displacement

3.5 L/213 3.6 L/220 2.5 L/152

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

290 @ 6500 290 @ 6400 175 @ 5800

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded H-4

Fuel System

Sequential MPI Sequential MPI Sequential MPI

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

19 19 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

23 24 33

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

17 17 25

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.65 3.45 4.11

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.84 2.11 -

Trans Type

6 8 6

Drivetrain

Four Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.28 -

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.88 3.29 3.67

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.87 3.14 -

Trans Order Code

44J DFL NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 1.67 -

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 1.00 -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.48 4.71 3.58 - 0.62

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.67 -

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.84 -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Explorer Jeep Grand Cherokee Subaru Outback

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Short And Long Arm Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Short And Long Arm Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.3 9.3 (Est) 6.3

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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