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Compare 2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Subaru Outback

2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Subaru Outback
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 23 $32,626 $33,810
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $30,553 $31,660
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $41,853 $43,825
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $39,800 $41,675
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $50,839 $53,235
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,315 $45,355
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 23 $34,308 $35,925
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,255 $33,775
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2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Outback 2.5i 25 32 $24,131 $25,645
Outback 2.5i Limited 25 32 $30,343 $32,390
Outback 2.5i Premium 25 32 $26,076 $27,695
Outback 2.5i Touring 25 32 $33,656 $35,995
Outback 3.6R Limited 20 27 $32,696 $34,995
Outback 3.6R Touring 20 27 $35,635 $38,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,626
$24,131
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,810
$25,645
Monthly Payment Estimate
$564 / month
$427 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers. The 2017 Subaru Outback is a worthy competitor to many SUVs on capability alone—factor in price and it should be a no-brainer.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
32 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.6 38.9
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
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 72.4
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
Liftover Height (in)
- 27.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 73.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 35.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 35.5
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 32.5
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
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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
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 Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 270
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4629 3580
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 490
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
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 @ 6500 175 @ 5800
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded H-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 32
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.58 - 0.62
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
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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