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Ford Explorer vs. Subaru Outback Price Comparison (MSRP)

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Ford Explorer vs. Subaru Outback Invoice Comparison

Lowest Total Price: $39,152

Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited   
Difference: $15,353

Lowest Total Invoice: $36,140

Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited   
Difference: $15,953

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  Down Payment Interest Rate Term
Model Year201720172017
ModelExplorerOutbackOutback
TrimPlatinum3.6R Limited3.6R Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr Wagon4dr Wagon
Base Price $53,235 $34,995 $38,195
Base Invoice $50,839 $32,696 $35,635
Cargo cover 130    
All-weather floor mats 120 72 72
Rear bumper protector 75 95 95
EyeSight and Navigation Package   1,595  
Class II trailer hitch   550 550
Cargo net   70 70
Wheel-lip moldings   450 450
Remote start   450 450
Cargo cover 124    
All-weather floor mats 114 46 46
Rear bumper protector 71 61 61
EyeSight and Navigation Package   1,331  
Class II trailer hitch   412 412
Cargo net   45 45
Wheel-lip moldings   337 337
Remote start   337 337
Options (change) 325 3,282 1,687
Options (change) 309 2,569 1,238
Destination 945 875 875
Total Price $54,505 $39,152 $40,757
Total Invoice $52,093 $36,140 $37,748

The configured Ford Explorer 4dr SUV has a turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable automatic transmission.

The configured Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon has a 256-horsepower 3.6L H6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable CVT transmission.

Even when the Ford Explorer and Subaru Outback are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The base sticker price of the Ford Explorer Platinum trim is $53,235. The features would cost an additional $325. Including the destination charge of $945, the total price of this trim is $54,505.

The base sticker price of the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited trim is $34,995. The features would cost an additional $3,282. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $39,152.

The base sticker price of the Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring trim is $38,195. The features would cost an additional $1,687. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $40,757.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Ford Explorer trims is 4. The feature adjusted price of the Subaru Outback trims is 9. Based on this adjustment, the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

The configured Ford Explorer 4dr SUV has a turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable automatic transmission.

The configured Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon has a 256-horsepower 3.6L H6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable CVT transmission.

Even when the Ford Explorer and Subaru Outback are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The invoice of the Ford Explorer Platinum trim is $50,839. The features would cost an additional $309. Including the destination charge of $945, the total price of this trim is $52,093.

The invoice of the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited trim is $32,696. The features would cost an additional $2,569. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $36,140.

The invoice of the Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring trim is $35,635. The features would cost an additional $1,238. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $37,748.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Ford Explorer trims is 4. The feature adjusted price of the Subaru Outback trims is 6. Based on this adjustment, the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

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TrueDelta Value Comparison: Ford Explorer vs. Subaru Outback

Lowest Adjusted Price and Invoice: Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
TrueDelta Adjusted Price Difference: $9,218
TrueDelta Adjusted Invoice Difference: $10,089
Model Year201720172017
ModelExplorerOutbackOutback
TrimPlatinum3.6R Limited3.6R Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr Wagon4dr Wagon
Engine365hp V6256hp H6256hp H6
TransmissionT6CVT-6CVT-6
DrivetrainAWDAWDAWD
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway)16/22 MPG20/27 MPG20/27 MPG
Audio (watts, speakers)500, 12576, 12576, 12
Tire (rear if not all the same)255/50-20225/60-18225/60-18
Total Price$54,505$39,152$40,757
Adjustments for Features-6,1350-350
Feature-Adjusted Total Price$48,370$39,152$40,407
Cost Above Minimum$0$0$1,255
Total Invoice$52,093$36,140$37,748
Adjustments for Features-5,8640-324
Feature-Adjusted Total Invoice$46,229$36,140$37,424
Cost Above Minimum$0$0$1,284

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Features Comparison: Ford Explorer vs. Subaru Outback

Model Year201720172017
ModelExplorerOutbackOutback
TrimPlatinum3.6R Limited3.6R Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr Wagon4dr Wagon
Transmission and Drivetrain 
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic$1100  
6-speed manually-shiftable CVT $1100$1100
AWD$1700$1700$1700
Accessories 
AC power outlet$100  
Active noise reduction$0  
Adaptive cruise control$750  
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed $1000$1000
Hands-free trunk or liftgate$100  
Heated steering wheel$100 $100
Keyless entry keypad$50  
Lead vehicle start alert $25$25
PIN Code Access $10$10
Power-adjustable pedals$125  
Remote window/roof operation$15  
Semi-automated parking system$500  
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual $250$250
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power$350  
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety 
911 assist$25  
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial $200$200
Automatic braking, low-speed $200$200
Backup collision intervention $150$150
Curve control$50  
Inflatable rear seat belts$200  
Knee airbag, passenger$100  
Lane sway warning system $25$25
Obstacle detection, front$200  
Pedestrian detection $50$50
Safety key$5  
Seat cushion airbag, driver $75$75
Seat cushion airbag, passenger $75$75
Side curtain airbags $350$350
Side curtain airbags, three rows$500  
Torque vectoring, brake-based $100$100
Trailer sway control$25  
Wide-view front camera$150  
Cargo Management 
Cargo tray $40$40
Class II trailer hitch $200$200
Class III trailer hitch$250  
Roof rails$250 $250
Trailering equipment (4 wire) $125$125
Trailering equipment (7 wire)$150  
Climate Control and Infotainment 
Android Auto support$0  
Apple CarPlay support$0  
Navigation map updates, three years $0$0
Rain-sensing wipers$175  
Rear air vents $100$100
Rear air vents with manual controls$150  
Rear HVAC unit$400  
Siri Eyes Free support $0$0
Surround sound$250  
Telematics service, such as OnStar $300$300
Variable intermittent wipers $75$75
Voice control for external devices$0  
Wiper de-icer $25$25
Exterior 
Active grille shutters $0$0
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)$50  
Panoramic sunroof$1200  
Sunroof $900$900
Tow hook(s), front$40  
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors 
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror$75  
Large color reconfigurable instrument cluster display$250  
LED headlights, single projector or low beam only$750  
Power-folding mirrors$50  
Steering-linked fog lights $75$75
Xenon HID headlights $500$500
Seats and Interior Trim 
Cooled or ventilated front seats$300  
Door sill trim plates $100$100
Illuminated door sill trim plates$200  
Leather door panel trim$250  
Leather-wrapped steering wheel $150$150
Massage, driver seat$100  
Massage, passenger seat$100  
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seat$150  
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat$150  
Power height adjuster, passenger seat$100  
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seat $100$100
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat$100  
Power-stowing third row seats$1000  
Tailgating position, third row seats$50  
Upholstered instrument panel, leather$1000  
Wood trim$300  
Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel$150  
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires 
Electronic systems calibration selector $200$200
Raised heavy-duty suspension $0$0
Sport suspension (upgrade)$0  
Terrain selector$200  
Total Value of Features$14,335$8,200$8,550
Value of Feature Adjustments$6,135$0$350
Value of Feature Adjustments-5,8640-324

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Specifications Comparison: Ford Explorer vs. Subaru Outback

Model Year20172017
ModelExplorerOutback
Body4dr SUV4dr Wagon
Wheelbase112.6 in108.1 in
Length198.3 in189.6 in
Width78.9 in72.4 in
Height70.0 in66.1 in
Curb Weight4,890 lb.3,810 lb.
Fuel Capacity18.6 gal.18.5 gal.
Row 1 Headroom41.4 in40.8 in
Row 1 Shoulder Room61.5 in57.3 in
Row 1 Hip Room57.3 in55.5 in
Row 1 Legroom40.6 in42.9 in
Row 2 Headroom40.6 in38.9 in
Row 2 Shoulder Room61.0 in57.3 in
Row 2 Hip Room56.8 in55.0 in
Row 2 Legroom39.5 in38.1 in
Row 3 Headroom37.8 in0.0 in
Row 3 Shoulder Room50.8 in0.0 in
Row 3 Hip Room40.7 in0.0 in
Row 3 Legroom33.3 in0.0 in
Cargo Volume,
Minimum
21.0 ft335.5 ft3
Cargo Volume,
Behind R2
43.9 ft335.5 ft3
Cargo Volume,
Maximum
81.7 ft373.3 ft3

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Option Package Details
Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

Class II trailer hitch
FeatureValueRequested?
Class II trailer hitch200Yes
Trailering equipment (4 wire)125Yes
Total Requested325100%
Total Not Requested00%
EyeSight and Navigation Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Navigation system600Yes
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
Voice control for nav and audio75Yes
Traffic + travel information25Yes
Backup collision intervention150No
Navigation map updates, three years0No
Steering-linked fog lights75No
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed750Yes
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200Yes
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200No
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200No
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane sway warning system25No
Lead vehicle start alert25No
Pedestrian detection50No
Total Requested265079%
Total Not Requested72521%

Option Package Details
Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

Class II trailer hitch
FeatureValueRequested?
Class II trailer hitch200Yes
Trailering equipment (4 wire)125Yes
Total Requested325100%
Total Not Requested00%

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