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 Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
71 69.3 66.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 64.1 62.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 76.5 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
67 63.9 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8.6 8.7
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 114.8 108.1
Liftover Height (in)
- 32.4 27.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 36.3 35.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - 77.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - 46.3
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - 32.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - 41.8
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - 42.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
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
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 Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TV9 NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350 270
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4610 4677 3593
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
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
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 700 490
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 160 110
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 24 33
Transmission
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
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67 -
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Jeep Grand Cherokee Subaru Outback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Short And Long Arm Strut
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
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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