Subaru Outback vs. the Competition

How Does the New 2018 Subaru Outback Compare to the Competition?

When it comes to the new 2018 Subaru Outback, there's no lifestyle it can't accommodate. The new Outback was designed with the spacious versatility and comfort to fit the whole family or all your friends and plenty of cargo to boot. With tremendous performance capability both on and off the road, a rugged yet stylish build and an inherent knack for adventure, the Outback is a great fit for reaching any destination, regardless of its location. Lastly, the new Outback offers major advancements in technology in terms of entertainment, safety and convenience, allowing you to enjoy every outing more than ever. To demonstrate its unique ability and offerings, we're going to compare the new 2018 Outback to the new Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V, Toyota Highlander, and Jeep Cherokee, allowing you to see first-hand a few of the many ways the Outback stays ahead of the competition.


 

2018 Subaru Outback vs. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • For starters, the new 2018 Outback is less expensive than the new Santa Fe at starting price. The new Outback starts at $25,895 MSRP while the Santa Fe starts at $30,850 MSRP.
  • The Outback comes equipped with standard all-wheel drive, while the Santa Fe comes equipped with standard front-wheel drive. In fact, the all-wheel drive equipped Santa Fe model brings the starting MSRP price up to $32,600, nearly $7,000 more than the new Outback.
  • The Outback achieves a higher estimated fuel economy than the Santa Fe, offering up to 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway while the new Santa Fe offers up to 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
  • The Outback offers more front head and legroom than the Santa Fe.
  • The Outback offers 8.7-inches of ground clearance while the Santa Fe only offers 7.3-inches of ground clearance, making it easier to take on poor weather conditions and rugged terrain in the Outback.

2018 Subaru Outback vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander

  • The new 2018 Outback starts at just $25,895 MSRP while the Highlander stats at $31,030 MSRP, allowing you to upgrade trim levels or simply save over $5,000 when choosing the Outback.
  • The Outback comes with standard all-wheel drive in every model, while the Highlander comes with standard front-wheel drive, and when the base model LE Highlander is equipped with all-wheel drive, it brings along a price tag of $34,540 MSRP.
  • The Outback offers 8.7-inches of ground clearance while the Highlander falls short with just 8-inches.
  • Both vehicles come with their own respective infotainment systems: Subaru Starlink and Toyota Entune. However, only the Subaru Starlink system comes with Apple Car and Android Auto. The Toyota Entune system uses its own Bluetooth connected menu.
  • For those with active lifestyles or large storage needs, the Outback comes with standard roof rails, while the Highlander does not.

2018 Subaru Outback vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

  • Whether your adventures take you off road or you want to enjoy a relaxed confident driving experience wherever you go, the Outback allows you to do it all with standard all-wheel drive. The CR-V, however, comes with standard front-wheel drive.
  • The Outback offers 8.7-inches of ground clearance while the CR-V only offers 8.2-inches.
  • The Outback offers available LED steering responsive headlights with automatic high beams while the CR-V only offers auto on/off high beams and LED headlights.
  • The Outback offers a more spacious cabin for passengers with 108.1 cubic feet of passenger volume compared to 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume in the CR-V.
  • The Outback comes with standard raised roof rails while the CR-V does not.
  • The CR-V offers a more powerful standard engine, but when you upgrade to available engines the Outback offers a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 256-horsepower while the most powerful CR-V engine options falls flat with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 250-horsepower.

2018 Subaru Outback vs. 2018 Jeep Cherokee

  • While both vehicles earn points for their off road prowess, only the Outback comes equipped with standard all-wheel drive. The Cherokee offers 4x4 systems, but it will cost more to enjoy them.
  • The Outback offers an estimated fuel economy of up to 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, while the Cherokee offers up to 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
  • The new Outback offers more space for passengers and cargo alike, with 108.1 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 73.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded flat, while the Cherokee offers 105.4 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 58.9 cubic feet of cargo volume.
  • Both vehicles offer mobile device connectivity through their infotainment systems, but only Subaru Starlink offers standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Cherokee, on the other hand, doesn't yet support either options.

Test Drive A New 2018 Subaru Outback Today!

If you're interested in getting to know the new 2018 Subaru Outback inside and out, we welcome you to join us at Subaru of Bend to view our entire selection of new Outback models in person today! We're conveniently located in Bend, OR and proudly serve nearby Redmond, Prineville, La Pine, and Madras!

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