2018 Subaru Outback vs. Its Competition

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Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Rival automakers are starting to catch onto the Subaru Outback’s recipe for success.

This year, the Buick Regal is reborn and its TourX configuration is a near carbon-copy of the Subaru.

Audi and Volvo have been onto the Outback for a while with their Allroad and V60 Cross Country models respectively, but they’re priced around $10,000 more comparably equipped.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee mirrors the Outback’s five-seater configuration and has a similarly classy feel on- and off-road.

And if the Outback’s not quite SUV-enough for you, the Subaru Forester is priced about the same and has a higher seating position with a boxier body.

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Quick Specs
Unless you really need three rows of seats, the 2018 Subaru Outback is the sensible SUV alternative.
Roomy and pleasant to drive, the 2018 Buick Regal is a crossover in car clothing.
Only poor crash test scores keep the Grand Cherokee down, as this talented family hauler offers luxury and utility and buyers can choose off-road capability, track talent, or even more luxury.
The 2018 Subaru Forester continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded H-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class   
Small SUV 4WDLarge CarsStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WD
Style Name   
2.5i4-Door Sedan FWDAltitude 4x2 *Ltd Avail*2.5i Manual
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Sport UtilitySedanSport UtilitySport Utility
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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