Compare 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Subaru Outback

2016 Ford Explorer
2016 Subaru Outback
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 16 23 $31,894 $33,050
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 16 23 $41,352 $43,300
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Platinum 16 22 $50,587 $52,970
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $41,543 $43,500
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 16 23 $33,807 $35,400
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $29,964 $31,050
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $39,442 $41,300
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $31,897 $33,400
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4-Door Wgn 2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i 25 33 $23,499 $24,995
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i Limited 25 33 $28,473 $30,395
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i Limited PZEV 25 33 $28,784 $30,695
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i PZEV 25 33 $23,809 $25,295
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i Premium 25 33 $25,761 $27,395
Outback 4-Door Wgn 2.5i Premium PZEV 25 33 $26,076 $27,695
Outback 4-Door Wgn 3.6R Limited 20 27 $31,227 $33,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,894
$23,499
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,050
$24,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$551 / month
$417 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power. Tough, go-anywhere capability can go together with a streamlined wagon design, class-leading safety, and a comfortable ride: The 2016 Subaru Outback is a conceptual mashup that's better than the sum of its parts.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 57.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 108.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 42.9
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 -
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 55.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 -
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 38.1
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 40.8
Second Hip Room (in)
56.8 55
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 58.1
Third Leg Room (in)
32 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.6 38.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
67 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
198.3 189.6
Height, Overall (in)
70 66.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.8 108.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 72.4
Liftover Height (in)
- 27.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 35.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 35.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 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 11.8
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 12.4
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 36.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P225/65HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P225/65HR17
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)
4629 3593
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 490
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 174 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
998-1 NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 175 @ 5800
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 25
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 4.11
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
9.3 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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