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Subaru Outback vs. Ford Escape & Toyota Highlander


The Subaru Outback meets the competition

The 2017 Subaru Outback excels when it comes to resale, fuel economy, safety and family friendliness. It's also a solid choice for those looking to take their families into deep snow, backcountry off-road trails or other out-of-the way places.

The Subaru Outback's X-Mode off-road-assist system and 8.7 inches of ground clearance help back up the Outback's visual suggestion that it really can tackle any tough off-road situation on your journey. The Outback's all-wheel-drive system is designed to tackle more than just snowy roads and dusty trails. 

And inside, the Outback is downright luxurious, especially in the new Outback Touring model, which adds unique leather and exterior trim. Technologies, like the EyeSight collision-mitigation and active cruise control, elevate the Outback to the realm of many premium-luxury SUVs.

Puente Hills Subaru

17801 E Gale Ave
Directions City of Industry, CA 91748

  • Internet Sales: (888) 450-8814
Part of deciding whether the 2017 Subaru Outback is right for you is comparing this model to the closest competitors in its segment. Other popular choices in this crossover segment include the Ford Escape and the Toyota Highlander. Let's take a look to see how the Outback stands out.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The Outback was built from the ground up with all-wheel drive. Both the Escape and the Highlander base models are front-wheel drive with AWD available as an option on higher trim levels. Subaru's more sophisticated system responds more quickly to a loss of traction.

Powertrain. The Outback has a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a manual shift mode mated to a standard 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Checking the box for the Outback 3.6R boosts horsepower to 256 horsepower with a boxer six-cylinder motor; the only one you'll find on the market outside a Porsche showroom. 

Safety.  All three models offer their own versions of pre-collision warning and braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and lane departure warning. Exclusive to the Outback is which includes "rear cross traffic alert" (uses rear-facing radar to detect vehicles approaching from either side - e.g., when backing out of a parking space) and "pre-collision throttle management" (senses the presence of obstacles in front of the vehicle and will reduce available power to lessen or potentially avoid a collision).

Ground Clearance. From the beach to pockmarked city streets to the freeway to the desert to the mountains, driving in southern California require traversing many different terrains. The Outback is well-known for its remarkable 8.7-inches of ground clearance. 

Fuel Economy. The Subaru Outback has 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine standard that makes 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The EPA rates the Outback's fuel economy at 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. Meanwhile, the Escape's standard 2.5-liter inline-four delivers EPA-rated fuel economy of just 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway for the FWD model, while the Highlander's 2.7-liter inline-four is rated at just 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. 

Cargo Hauling. The Outback includes a pivoting roof crossbar. Normally the roof rails run lengthwise along the length of the car, but when you need crossbars to actually carry something, the rails pivot outward, snapping into place on either side, and can even be adjusted fore and aft.

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