Ford Explorer vs. Subaru Outback

Platinum Dune Metallic Tri-Coat
VS
Crystal Black Silica

Key Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$28,630 - $31,267
$23,574 - $27,775

Expert Rating

Expert Rating

Owner Reviews

Owner Reviews

Horsepower

Horsepower
280 - 290 hp
175 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L Ti
2.3L I
2.5L DOHC 16 Valve 4

Interior Features

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Optional

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.9 in.
42.9 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.4 in.
40.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.5 in.
38.1 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
40.6 in.
38.9 in.

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Not Available

Passengers

Passengers
7
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Not Available

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Not Available

Exterior Features

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Not Available

Tire Width

Tire Width

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
112.8 in.
108.1 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.9 - 39.2 ft.
36.1 ft.

Width

Width
78.9 in.
72.4 in.

Mechanical Specs

Weight

Weight
4443 - 4629 .lbs
3622 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
280 - 290 hp
175 hp

Torque

Torque
255 - 310 ft. lbs.
174 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
2000 - 5000 .lbs
2700 .lbs

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
200 - 500 .lbs
270 .lbs

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Optional
Not Available

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Not Available

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.6 gal.
18.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
17 - 23 mpg
13 - 16 mpg

City

City
16 - 17 mpg
25 mpg

Highway

Highway
22 - 24 mpg
32 mpg

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Not Available

Safety Features

Seatbelt Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag
Optional
Not Available

Tech Specs

Vehicle Name

Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer
Subaru Outback

Body Style

Body Style
Sport Utility
Sport Utility

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive - Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

EPA Classification

EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD - Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Capacity
7
5

Passenger Volume

Passenger Volume
151.7 ft³.
108.1 ft³.

Base Curb Weight

Base Curb Weight
4443 - 4629 lbs.
3622 lbs.

Fuel Economy Est-Combined

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
18 - 22 mpg.
28 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
16 - 19 mpg.
25 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
22 - 27 mpg.
32 mpg.

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 - 5000 lbs.
2700 lbs.

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
200 - 500 lbs.
270 lbs.

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 - 5000 lbs.
2700 lbs.

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
200 - 500 lbs.
270 lbs.

Maximum Trailering Capacity

Maximum Trailering Capacity
2000 - 5000 lbs.
2700 lbs.

Engine Order Code

Engine Order Code
998, 998-1, 99H
Not Available

Engine Type

Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 - Regular Unleaded V-6
Regular Unleaded H-4

Displacement

Displacement
2.3 L/140 - 3.5 L/213
2.5 L/152

Fuel System

Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection - Sequential MPI
Sequential MPI

Trans Order Code

Trans Order Code
446, 44C, 44J
Not Available

Trans Type

Trans Type
6
6

Trans Description Cont.

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD
CVT w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 - 4.58
3.58 - 0.62

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 - 2.96
Not Available

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 - 1.91
Not Available

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 - 1.45
Not Available

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00
Not Available

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 - 0.75
Not Available

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88
3.67

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.36, 3.39, 3.65
4.11

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540
490

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1, 8.4, 8.8, 9.2, 9.8
6.3

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175
110

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Front
Strut
Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link
Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut
Strut

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link
Double Wishbone

Front Tire Size

Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18
P225/65HR17

Rear Tire Size

Rear Tire Size
P245/60HR18
P225/65HR17

Spare Tire Size

Spare Tire Size
Compact
Compact

Front Wheel Size

Front Wheel Size
18 X 7.5 in.
17 X 7 in.

Rear Wheel Size

Rear Wheel Size
18 X 7.5 in.
17 X 7 in.

Spare Wheel Size

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in.
Compact in.

Front Wheel Material

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum
Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material
Steel
Steel

Steering Type

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
38.9 - 39.2 ft.
36.1 ft.

Brake Type

Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc
4-Wheel Disc

Brake ABS System

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel
4-Wheel

Disc - Front

Disc - Front
Yes
Yes

Disc - Rear

Disc - Rear
Yes
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.8 in.
12.4 in.

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.8 in.
11.8 in.

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.6 gal.
18.5 gal.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.4 in.
40.8 in.

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.9 in.
42.9 in.

Front Shoulder Room

Front Shoulder Room
61.5 in.
58.1 in.

Front Hip Room

Front Hip Room
57.3 in.
55.5 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
40.6 in.
38.9 in.

Second Leg Room

Second Leg Room
39.5 in.
38.1 in.

Second Shoulder Room

Second Shoulder Room
61 in.
57.3 in.

Second Hip Room

Second Hip Room
56.8 in.
55 in.

Third Head Room

Third Head Room
37.8 in.
Not Available

Third Leg Room

Third Leg Room
32 in.
Not Available

Third Shoulder Room

Third Shoulder Room
50.8 in.
Not Available

Third Hip Room

Third Hip Room
40.7 in.
Not Available

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
112.8 in.
108.1 in.

Width, Max w/o mirrors

Width, Max w/o mirrors
78.9 in.
72.4 in.

Height, Overall

Height, Overall
70 in.
66.1 in.

Track Width, Front

Track Width, Front
67 in.
61.8 in.

Track Width, Rear

Track Width, Rear
67 in.
62.2 in.

Min Ground Clearance

Min Ground Clearance
7.8 - 8.3 in.
8.7 in.

Cargo Volume to Seat 1

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
80.7 ft³.
73.3 ft³.

Cargo Volume to Seat 2

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
43.8 ft³.
35.5 ft³.

Cargo Volume to Seat 3

Cargo Volume to Seat 3
21 ft³.
35.5 ft³.

Model Group

Model Group
Explorer
Outback

Vehicle Segment

Vehicle Segment
Intermediate Sport Utility
Intermediate Sport Utility

Vehicle Type

Vehicle Type
Sport Utility
Sport Utility

Engine Displacement Units

Engine Displacement Units
2.3 - 3.5
2.5

Engine Camshaft

Engine Camshaft
DOHC
DOHC

Engine Block Type

Engine Block Type
aluminum
aluminum

Engine Cylinder Count

Engine Cylinder Count
4 - 6
4

Engine Valve Count

Engine Valve Count
4
4