2018 Subaru Outback for sale in Albuquerque, NM

How Does the New Subaru Outback Compare to Its Competitors?

Subaru has grown, over the years, into one of the most trusted brands on the market. At the center of its great reputation are vehicles like the 2018 Subaru Outback. Efficient, dependable, and versatile, it's a vehicle that will serve you well whether you're driving your morning commute or through inclement weather. With a comfortable interior and a variety of great feature options, the Outback offers one of the richest driving experiences in its class.

We don't expect you to just take our word for it, though. The best way to really show everything that the Subaru Outback has to offer is to stand it up alongside its competitors. Here's a look at how it compares.

Subaru Outback for sale in Albuquerque, NMGMC Terrain

The Subaru Outback vs. The GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain went through a major redesign in 2018, with a slimmer chassis that's lighter and more performance-driven than with previous models. Does it pay off against the 2018 Outback? Not quite.

  • While the Terrain's 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4 gets better fuel ratings, the Outback's engines aren't slouches. The Outback's standard 2.5-liter boxer-4 delivers 175 horsepower/174 pounds-feet torque while its 3.6-liter flat-6 can dish out 256 horsepower/247 pounds-feet of torque. They deliver more power and comparable fuel economy to the Terrain's three engine options.
  • The Terrain offers some solid safety technology, including the valuable Rear Seat Reminder system. The Outback, however, has many of the same systems but also benefits from Subaru's advanced EyeSight safety technology, one of the most coveted on the road.
  • The 2018 Outback offers four main trims compared to the Terrain's five. The Terrain also offerings variations for forward-wheel driver and all-wheel drive.
  • The Terrain's starting price of $25,990 is lower than the Outback's $26,810. The difference isn't much though, and you get more for your money overall with the Outback. The Outback, for instance, includes all-wheel drive as standard equipment. You'll have to pay extra to get that on the Terrain.
Subaru Outback for sale in Sioux Falls, SDVolkswagen Tiguan

The Subaru Outback vs. The Volkswagen Tiguan

Make no mistake, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is an attractive compact SUV that feels good on the road. Its European design helps it look distinct compared to many of its competitors. It also has one of the best vehicle warranties on the road. Overall, however, It falls short of the Outback in several areas.

  • The Outback offers standard all-wheel drive. This is one of the most valuable features a car can have, especially in areas where rough roads and bad weather are common. You'll have to pay extra to get it on the Tiguan.
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  • The Outback offers a better range with powertrains. Its base boxer-4 engine delivers comparable horsepower and better fuel economy than the Tiguan's lone 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine option. The Tiguan also has nothing to compare to the Outback's 3.6-liter flat-6 with its 256 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque.
  • While the Tiguan does offer options for things like a handy Family Guardian mode that gives parents more control over how their kids drive, its overall safety offerings aren't up to par with the Outback's. The Outback's EyeSight system offers some of the best adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane-departure warning systems available.
  • The 2018 Outback and 2018 Tiguan both offer four trim options. The Tiguan also has different models available for forward-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
  • The Tiguan's starting price of $26,245 is a few hundred dollars lower than the Outback's base price tag of $26,810. That difference is negligible month-by-month however, especially when you consider the Outback's overall package.
Subaru Outback for sale in Albuquerque, NMNissan Murano

The Subaru Outback vs. The Nissan Murano

Spacious, well-appointed, safe, and equipped with an athletic V6 engine, the 2018 Nissan Murano is a solid contender in the five-seat SUV space. Despite this, the Outback has some distinct advantages over it.

  • The Outback might not be able to match the 260 horsepower the Murano brings to bear, but its 3.6-liter flat 6 engine comes pretty close. Its standard 2.5-liter boxer-4 also offers a better level of fuel economy: 25/32 miles per gallon to the Murano's 21/28 miles per gallon.
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  • The Nissan Murano does have some safety features the Outback doesn't (around-view camera), it can't match the Outback in terms of overall safety. The Outback earned five stars from the National Highway Transport Safety Association. It was also selected for Top Safety Pick+ status by the IIHS. The Murano can't claim the same.
  • In terms of sheer value, the Murano is also no match for the 2018 Outback. While it offers a nice collection of standard equipment, its starting price is nearly $3,000 higher than the Outback's. You'll also have to pay an additional $1,600 for all-wheel drive, a valuable feature that the more affordable Outback includes counts as standard.
  • The 2018 Outback and the 2018 Murano both offer four primary trim levels. The Murano also has different trims available for forward-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
Subaru Outback for sale in Albuquerque, NMToyota Highlander

The Subaru Outback vs. The Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is a popular choice for many drivers, especially in the family crowd. Big, safe, and with an eight-passenger seating capacity, it's a solid option with a lot to offer. That includes a hybrid engine option. All of that being said, there are several areas where it's outclassed by the smaller Subaru Outback.

  • In terms of pure muscle, the Toyota Highlander beats the Subaru Outback. While their base engines offer comparable power, the Highlander's V6 engine is significantly stronger than the Outback's flat-6. That being said, drivers interested in saving at the pump might prefer the smaller Outback. Even the Highlander's hybrid option only delivers 30/28 miles per gallon. For $11,000 less, the Outback's 2.5-liter boxer-4 will get you 25/32 miles per gallon.
  • The Toyota Highlander offers all-wheel drive as an extra option, but only on its V6 models. That's not the case with the Outback, which offers all-wheel drive as a standard feature on all of its models.
  • The Highlander offers a bevy of good feature options in its standard Toyota Safety Sense Plus package. The Outback, comparatively, takes the cake, however, with its EyeSight driven safety technology and safety awards. While the Highlander ranked well, it can't match the Outback's five-star NHTSA safety rating.
  • The Subaru Outback offers four primary trims. The Toyota Highlander offers six, topping out at the Limited Platinum model.
  • It should serve as no surprise that the Highlander is more expensive than the Outback. A larger SUV, its suggested starting price is $32,000. That's more than $5,000 more than the Outback, which starts at $26,810. Drivers need to ask themselves, in turn, if the Highlander's eight-passenger interior is worth that extra money.
Subaru Outback for sale in Albuquerque, NMHyundai Santa Fe

The Subaru Outback vs The Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a sturdy and safe SUV option that's well-liked by families. There are several areas, however, where the Subaru Outback beats it out, especially in terms of safety, value, and interior comfort.

  • The Santa Fe only offers one engine option compared to the Outback's two. While the Santa Fe might be preferable for drivers who value performance above everything else, the Outback's boxer-4 and flat-6 options deliver superior solid numbers on top of better fuel economy.
  • Despite being the bigger of the two, the Santa Fe actually offers less space cargo space and passenger room than the Outback. The Outback provides more head and leg room, and likewise delivers 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space, compared to the Santa Fe's 13.5.
  • The Santa Fe offers some solid safety options, including blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. It can't match the Outback's EyeSight-backed safety suite, however. Or its five-star safety rating from the NHTSA.
  • The Outback offers four primary trim options. The Hyundai Santa Fe only offers three, along with additional variations for forward-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive models.
  • If price is a determining factor for you, the Santa Fe will come in second behind the Subaru Outback. Starting at $32,000, it's significantly more expensive than the Outback's base price of $26.810.

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Ready to Get Behind the Wheel of A 2018 Subaru Outback?

Would you like to know more about everything that the new 2018 Subaru Outback has to offer? Schedule an appointment with the sales team at Garcia North Subaru. Our dealership in Albuquerque, NM is a source of new Subaru cars for drivers in Rio Rancho, Placitas, Santa Fe, Bernalillo, and more. We'd love to add you to our list of happy customers.