2023 Subaru Outback vs. Its Competition

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Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

Closer in size to the Subaru Ascent and roomier than the Forester, the Outback captures the middle ground in Subaru’s SUV lineup.

Having outgrown its wagon past, the Outback looks past the Volvo V60 Cross Country and its spartan Swedish design and off-road capability, despite being most at home in the suburbs.

The aging Toyota 4Runner swings the other way on its body-on-frame platform and old-school rugged vibe.

Then there’s the grand middle ground of the mid-size SUVs, such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee that now comes with an extended “L” model and a third row of seats, but not any less off-road ability.

The Outback could be cross-shopped with vehicles such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevy Blazer, Kia Sorento, and Honda Passport.

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Quick Specs
The 2023 Subaru Outback sports a fresh look but delivers the same capability and reputation for safety.
The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV posts great gas mileage and safety scores in Hybrid spec, but the Calligraphy edition will lure drivers who want real luxury, not near-luxury.
As a backwoods exploration companion, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner excels. For any other use, shop its competition.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s iconic appeal evolves with more efficient engine options.
The 2022 Subaru Forester rains value down on crossover-SUV drivers, and safety’s a very close second.
The 2022 Volvo S60 sedan balances grace with power.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDN/AStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDCompact Cars
Style Name     
CVTSE FWDSR5 2WD (GS)Altitude 4x2CVTB5 FWD Momentum
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySedan
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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