New Subaru Outback vs. Pittsburgh Area Competition

Bowser Subaru Determines the Value of the 2018 Subaru Outback as Compared to the Competition

If you want to explore how the 2018 Subaru Outback fares against other competition such as the Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sorento and Chevy Equinox, then you have come to the right place. Bowser Subaru has looked into the specifications of these base models to determine the true value of each model when compared to the Outback. Our findings are included below, and our analysis has extended to everything from performance edges to the extra inches of room you are afforded within the interior cabin. Let us know what you think with a trip to our showroom sometime soon!



2018 Subaru Outback vs 2018 Jeep Cherokee

One of the most distinctive features of the 2018 Subaru Outback is the symmetrical all-wheel drive system. This advanced system provides year-round traction and control for better handling and performance, all while being fuel efficient. The Jeep Cherokee only offers a four-wheel drive option that just can't match the performance of the Subaru system. Thanks to a mid-cycle refresh, the Subaru Outback has been improved and upgraded for the 2018 model year. With more standard features and available driver assistance options, the Subaru offers a more comfortable and entertaining interior as well as superior fuel efficiency and drive feel. Other notable features include:

  • More torque than the Cherokee.
  • Aluminum wheels compared to the steel wheels of the Cherokee.
  • More head, leg, and shoulder room in the front and even more shoulder and head space in the rear.

2018 Subaru Outback vs 2018 Kia Sorento

Much like the Cherokee, the Kia Sorento can't compare to the superior drivetrain system of the Subaru Outback. The Kia Sorento uses a reaction-based system, that only switches to powering all four wheels when a loss of traction is detected. The Subaru system is able to detect wheel slip in less than one full rotation of the wheel, so you have less slippage and more control in inclement weather or rough roads. Take a look at a few more features that puts the Outback ahead of the Kia Sorento:

  • Better fuel economy, even with all-wheel drive.
  • The Outback can tow 2,700-pounds, the Sorento can only tow 2,000lbs when comparably equipped.
  • Daytime running lights are not included on the Kia Sorento, like they are on the Outback.
  • An intuitive and easy to use StarLink infotainment system is standard, while the Sorento's system can be confusing and hard to use.

2018 Subaru Outback vs 2018 Chevy Equinox

Again, the symmetrical all-wheel drive system on the Subaru Outback is unmatched with the Equinox's front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive systems. Plus, you'll get comparable fuel efficiency between the two, which is impressive when you consider that typically, front-wheel drive is considered more efficient than all-wheel drive systems. You'll also get the intuitive StarLink infotainment system standard, with a 7-inch touchscreen display that comes standard with Apple Car Play and Android Auto to give you endless entertainment at your fingertips. Look at these other important factors to consider when you're shopping for your next crossover:

  • More front shoulder and leg room in the Outback makes for a more comfortable drive.
  • Power steering is also standard on the Outback, a surprising feature that isn't included on the base level Equinox.
  • More passenger volume at 108.1 cubic feet compared to the 90 cubic feet offered by the Equinox.

The winner is clear when it comes to the 2018 Subaru Outback, and we're here to show you how affordable it is for the features it holds. It's important to always have all the information possible when shopping for your next sport utility vehicle in Pennsylvania. That's why we compiled this list so you can compare these vehicles at a glance, to easily see the things that matter most. Our team of Subaru experts are here to walk you through everything, from trim levels to financing options. Schedule a test drive of a new Subaru Outback today to see for yourself why it's the intelligent choice for your next vehicle from Bowser Subaru in Pleasant Hills.

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