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Features Comparison: Subaru Outback vs. Lexus RX

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015
Model RX RX RX
Trim 350 350 F Sport 450h
Engines (show)  
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
270 hp@6200
248 lb-ft@4700
 
3.5L V6 Hybrid
DOHC-4v
245 hp@6000
234 lb-ft@4800
   
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic    
8-speed manually-shiftable automatic    
6-speed manually-shiftable CVT    
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD  
AWD
Tires (show)  
235/60R18 tires
235/55VR19 tires
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)
Mark Levinson, 330W, 15 speakers (with subwoofer)
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.  
Cruise control    
First-aid kit
Heated steering wheel  
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (remote start, locks, lights, and/or HVAC) from a telephone or computer. Usually requires a monthly fee, though often as part of a package of telematics services.
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote window/roof operationOperate the power windows, sunroof, and/or convertible roof using buttons on the keyfob.
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power
Tool kit
Universal garage door openerHomelink.
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.  
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.  
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.
Knee airbag, driver
Knee airbag, passenger
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.  
Rear side airbagsTorso-level second row airbags, usually contained in the rear door. Some also protect the head, but not as well as side curtain airbags.
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Upgraded stability controlAdditional features for stability control, such as performance calibration.    
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo cover
Cargo mat
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Roof railsNo crossbars.
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.
Trailering equipment (4 wire)Includes four-wire harness, limited to relatively small trailers.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
A/V input jacksJacks for a video camera, game console, or other device with A/V output.
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic air recirculationAutomatically recirculates interior air when pollution is detected in outside air.  
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
DVD-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVDs on a front-row screen. Inoperative when the vehicle is moving. No value because of incomplete data.
Entertainment system with dual headrest screensA DVD player and two front headrest-mounted screens.
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.
Siri Eyes Free supportActivate Siri using button on steering wheel. Make calls, hear and dictate texts and email, manage calendar, turn-by-turn nav. Requires iPhone 4S or higher.
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.
Surround sound
Telematics service, such as OnStarIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system. For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.      
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.
Water-repellent front-door glassMakes rain bead up and roll off the windows.
Exterior (show)  
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Deep-tinted rear windows
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.
Rear bumper protector
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Special exterior trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.
Sunroof
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.    
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirrorPassenger-side rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.
Head-up display (HUD)Projects various instrument readouts onto the windshield. Image actually appears to be floating over the nose of the car. Enables driver to keep eyes on the road.
Headlight washers  
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.
LED headlightsLED headlights last longer and use less energy than other types.    
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.
Outside temperature display
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Power-folding mirrorsMirrors fold and unfold with the touch of a button inside the vehicle. Good for narrow roads and parking lots.
Rear reading lights
Steering-linked headlightsHeadlights swivel when steering wheel is turned.    
TachometerReports engine speed.  
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.  
Powertrain (show)  
Additional engine coolingNo value because no way to compare across models.
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.    
Lockable center differentialThe center differential can be manually locked using a button. Only for use at low speeds on loose surfaces. Engaging low range (where available) usually locks the center differential automatically.  
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.    
Transmission coolerOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 3-section 3-person split bench
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated front seats
Dark-colored headliner (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Door sill trim plates    
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats
Illuminated door sill trim plates  
Leather door panel trim
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.
Leather-wrapped steering wheel    
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seatsSeat adjusts back and forth to vary the split between the second row and the third row or cargo area.
Manual recliner, second row seats
Memory system, driver seat
Metal pedals    
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable lower back support.
Power recliner, driver seat
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power thigh support adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.  
Power thigh support adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.  
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Special interior trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Upgraded leather upholsteryNo additional value over leather upholstery because no way to standardize across all models.  
Wood trimReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.
Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheelReal wood comprises part of the steering wheel rim.  
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    

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Option Package Contents

Luxury Package

Features
Automatic air recirculation
Illuminated door sill trim plates
Upgraded leather upholstery
Power thigh support adjuster, driver seat
Power thigh support adjuster, passenger seat
Heated steering wheel
Headlight washers

Enform

Features
App support
Remote app

Towing Package

Features
Trailering equipment (4 wire)
Additional engine cooling
Transmission cooler

Navigation Package

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
SMS text-to-speech reader
Traffic + travel information

Comfort Package

Features
Heated front seats
Cooled or ventilated front seats
Rain-sensing wipers
Xenon HID headlights

Sport Appearance Package

Features
Special exterior trim

Premium Package

Features
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirror
Leather door panel trim
Leather seating surfaces
Sunroof
Memory system, driver seat
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
Power-folding mirrors
Power-folding mirrors

Enform

Features
App support
Remote app

Navigation Package

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
SMS text-to-speech reader
Traffic + travel information

Luxury Package

Features
Automatic air recirculation
Illuminated door sill trim plates
Upgraded leather upholstery
Power thigh support adjuster, driver seat
Power thigh support adjuster, passenger seat
Heated steering wheel
Headlight washers

Enform

Features
App support
Remote app

Towing Package

Features
Trailering equipment (4 wire)
Additional engine cooling
Transmission cooler

Navigation Package

Features
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
SMS text-to-speech reader
Traffic + travel information

Comfort Package

Features
Cooled or ventilated front seats
Rain-sensing wipers

Sport Appearance Package

Features
Special exterior trim

Premium Package

Features
Auto-dimming passenger-side mirror
Leather door panel trim
Leather seating surfaces
Sunroof
Memory system, driver seat
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
Power-folding mirrors
Power-folding mirrors

Luxury Package

Features
Steering-linked headlights
Auto-dimming headlights

What Our Members Are Saying about the Available Features of the 2015 Subaru Outback

2015 Subaru Outback Available Features: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr Wagon 173-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
My biggest complaint with the Premium is that you can't get a backup camera unless you also get the sunroof. I can't take the sunroof-- as I need the headroom it takes away. Also, the sunroof isn't that great, even if it didn't steal over an inch of headroom-- it is rather small. The one on the Forrester is much nicer.
 

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