Subaru Outback vs the Competitors

2018 Subaru Outback for sale in Sioux Falls, SD

Subaru Outback vs. Competition in South Dakota

Our neighborhood of southeastern South Dakota is home to some diverse terrain, especially along the hilly banks of the Big Sioux River. In the Sioux Falls area itself, you'll find many parks to enjoy, miles of biking, jogging, and walking trails, plenty of outdoor recreation areas, and fish and wildlife acreages to explore. Of course, these aren't to mention the climatic wrenches thrown into the mix of any excursion, such as ample snow, ice, and sleet amidst quickly plummeting temperatures in the wintertime. For these and more, not just any vehicle can make the grade. You'll need a special kind of rugged wagon become crossover, metamorphosed into a capable five-passenger SUV. Enter the new Subaru Outback.

Throughout its trim lineup, we think you'll find the thread of a theme: the latest Subaru crossover SUV is of appeal to the widest gamut of drivers and purposes, from the all-terrain adventurer to the commuter through inclement weather, durable and reliable all-around, cargo-friendly, and fuel-efficient for the extra mile. What's more, it's abundant in creature comforts and loaded with advanced safety features, driver-assist tech, and in-cabin conveniences for the trip. But don't take the word of our experts at Schulte Subaru for it. We know you have sport utility options, and to that end, we've made it a breeze to see just a few of the ways our new Outback lineup fares against its rivals here in Sioux Falls.

Subaru Outback for sale in Sioux Falls, SDHyundai Santa Fe SUV

Subaru Outback vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

The new Outback faces its Hyundai Santa Fe challenger with plenty more trims from which to choose, ranging from base 2.5i and 2.5i Premium through well-equipped 2.5i Limited and distance-traveling 2.5i Touring, all the way to the high-performance 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring. Plus, it's better furnished for the long haul in several areas than its SE, SE Ultimate, and Limited Ultimate competitors.

  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard throughout the Outback lineup, offering balance and efficient power delivery on which you can rely for the off-grid trek from Brookings to Yankton and beyond. AWD is optional in the new Santa Fe.
  • Outback offers better fuel economy, too, excelling its Hyundai SUV rival up to 25 mpg in the city to the latter's 18 and up to 32 mpg on the highway to Hyundai's 25.
  • Next, Outback is more maneuverable, especially in tight spaces, thanks to a sharp turning circle of 36.1 feet. Hyundai Santa Fe is slightly less so, offering one at 36.9 feet.
  • Our Subaru crossover even takes point where it matters, both in passenger space and minimum cargo capacity, with edges in front head and leg room as well as of 35.5 cubic feet of trunk space to Hyundai at 13.5.
  • If safety is at the top of your priority list, you'll find peace of mind in Subaru Outback, which takes home a 5-star NHTSA Overall Crash Test Rating and the highest 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS. The new Santa Fe earns only four stars in frontal crash testing and only acceptable passenger-side crash test and child seat anchors ratings.
Subaru Outback for sale in Sioux Falls, SDNissan Murano SUV

Subaru Outback vs. Nissan Murano

The latest Murano SUV from Nissan weighs in with only S, SV, SL, and Platinum trim options to those more numerous in Outback, which likewise takes the lead in some of the most important aspects.

  • Standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive keeps Outback the frontrunner for hauling prowess off-road, Brandon-to-Chamberlain. Nissan Murano offers AWD only as an option.
  • Our Subaru SUV remains ahead on the trail in fuel economy, too, offering up to 25 mpg in the city to Murano at 21 and up to 32 mpg down the highway to Nissan's 28.
  • Even agiler where space is at a premium, the tighter Outback turning circle trumps that of Murano, 36.1 feet to 38.7.
  • Subaru also continues to deliver on room to stretch out as well as for storing swag, with better front head and leg room and a larger minimum cargo volume of 35.5 cubic feet. Murano provided 32.1 cubic feet at base.
  • Subaru Outback is even better equipped for taking along a trailerful, with a better towing capacity of 2,700 pounds than Murano, which only offers support for up to 1,500 pounds.
  • Plus, Subaru continues to outclass on safety with its 5-star NHTSA Overall Crash Test Rating and highest IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for 2018. Nissan Murano receives only four stars overall and in frontal crashworthiness, isn't yet tested for passenger-side crashworthiness, comes rated only marginal for headlights, and acceptable for child seat anchors.
Subaru Outback for sale in Sioux Falls, SDFord Edge SUV

Subaru Outback vs. Ford Edge

Six trims to Ford Edge and its four -- SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport - Subaru Outback continues to surpass in well-equipped selections available to you for your drive-time. Even more, it keeps hot on the trail of advances that can matter most, while the new Edge is led to pull off at base camp on several counts.

  • For one, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Remaining standard in the new Outback, it bests Ford Edge and its offering of AWD as an option only.
  • Secondly, a larger fuel tank, sizable at 18.5 gallons to the new Edge at 18.0 - that means fewer trips to the pump and more time spent cruising.
  • And more time you'll have, too, thanks to the impeccable fuel economy credentials in Outback. Up to 32 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city breezes past Ford Edge and its respective 29 mpg and 21 mpg.
  • Like its siblings, Edge remains somewhat less maneuverable than Outback, too, with a turning circle of 38.7 feet to the shorter 36.1 feet.
  • Drivers looking for more front head and leg room for the road won't be disappointed with that of Subaru Outback. It stays ahead of Ford Edge in these areas.
  • Outback is a better towing vehicle, too, with support for up to 2700 pounds compared to Edge at 1,500.
  • Last but not least, Ford Edge remains far behind Subaru Outback as pertains safety. Subaru and its highest IIHS 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating stand out. Ford earns only acceptable drivers-side crashworthiness ratings; Edge is not rated for passenger-side crashes, offers only basic front crash prevention, has a poor headlight rating, and features child seat anchors rated only acceptable.
Subaru Outback for sale in Sioux Falls, SDToyota Highlander SUV

Subaru Outback vs. Toyota Highlander

Both Subaru Outback and Toyota Highlander come fairly evenly matched, our five-passenger crossover and its six trims to the "Let's Go Places" moniker and its LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, and Limited options. But like its segment siblings, the new Highlander finds itself no match for a new Outback.

  • One might think Toyota would include AWD standard in one of its most rugged SUVs. Not the case. It's optional, whereas in a new SUV like Outback, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive remains standard.
  • Highlander also falls behind Outback in fuel efficiency, 20 city mpg and 24 highway mpg to Subaru at a stellar 25 city mpg and 32 highway mpg.
  • The latest Toyota SUV also remains less responsive and agile where space is at a premium, with a turning circle of a weighty 38.7 feet to Outback at 36.1.
  • Outback is also better prepared to take on luggage and essentials, with a more significant minimum cargo volume of 35.5 cubic feet. Toyota Highlander flags at a minimum of 13.8.
  • Ditto for hauling abilities. Outback has a better towing capacity of 2700 pounds to that of its Toyota challenger at 1500.
  • Likewise, Outback remains the smart choice for safety, with its 5-star Overall Crash Test Rating from the NHTSA and highest 2018 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating. Highlander gets only four stars in frontal crash tests and it's only a 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK, with a passenger side not tested for crashes and merely acceptably rated headlights.

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Explore More of What the New Outback Has in Store Just Over the Horizon at Our Sioux Falls, SD Subaru Dealer

Our showroom and lot here at 7601 S. Minnesota Ave. in Sioux Falls is home to a new Outback lineup ready to take your notion of a new crossover SUV to the next level. Take the Subaru plunge, and we're sure you'll see why our enthusiasts of the "Confidence in Motion" creed have come to love all the latest Outback model has to offer. We look forward to introducing you to yours!

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