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2009 Subaru Outback 2009 Toyota Venza 2009 Ford Taurus X
     
2.5i Automatic
  • 2.5i Manual
  • 2.5i Automatic
  • 2.5i Special Edition Manual
  • 2.5i Special Edition Automatic
  • 2.5i Limited
  • 2.5i Limited with Navigation
  • 2.5XT Limited Manual
  • 3.0R Limited
  • 2.5XT Limited Automatic
  • 3.0R Limited with Navigation
  • 2.5XT Limited with Navigation
4dr Wgn I4 FWD (Natl)
  • 4dr Wgn I4 FWD (Natl)
  • 4dr Wgn I4 FWD (GS)
  • 4dr Wgn I4 FWD (SE)
  • 4dr Wgn I4 AWD (Natl)
  • 4dr Wgn I4 AWD (GS)
  • 4dr Wgn I4 AWD (SE)
  • 4dr Wgn V6 FWD (Natl)
  • 4dr Wgn V6 FWD (GS)
  • 4dr Wgn V6 FWD (SE)
  • 4dr Wgn V6 AWD (Natl)
  • 4dr Wgn V6 AWD (GS)
  • 4dr Wgn V6 AWD (SE)
4dr Wgn SEL FWD *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Wgn SEL FWD *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Wgn SEL AWD *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Wgn Eddie Bauer FWD *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Wgn Limited FWD *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Wgn Eddie Bauer AWD *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Wgn Limited AWD *Ltd Avail*

Prices

MSRP $23,295 $25,975 $28,270
Invoice $21,932 $23,506 $25,958
Avg. Paid $12,340 $14,955 N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.3 8.7 8.3
Critics' Rating 8.7 8.3 8.7
Performance 8.0 7.7 7.7
Interior 7.8 8.9 7.9
Safety 9.4 9.4 9.9
Reliability 4.0 5.0 3.0
Operating Cost 7.6 7.9 N/A

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Composed handling
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Large cargo space
  • Smooth ride
  • Great fuel economy
  • Top reliability score
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Solid power and acceleration
  • Plenty of room for six or seven passengers
  • Exemplary crash test scores
Cons
  • Tight back seat
  • Boring to drive
  • Engine is somewhat noisy
  • Updated styling is still rather conservative

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front wheel drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas 4-Cyl 2.5L/150 Gas 4-cyl 2.7L/163 Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 20 City / 26 Hwy 19 City / 26 Hwy 17 City / 24 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Wagon 4 Door Wagon 2WD Sport Utility

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 105.1 109.3 112.9
Length, Overall (in) 188.7 189.0 200.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 75.0 74.9
Height, Overall (in) 63.2 63.4 67.6

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Optional
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3365 3760 4033

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Optional
HID headlights Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Keyless Start Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Power Liftgate Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Optional Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 6
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 97.4 108 146.2
Front Head Room (in) 40.5 39.6 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 44.1 40.2 40.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 60.0 58.5
Front Hip Room (in) 51.0 56.0 55.5
Second Head Room (in) 39.1 39.3 39.7
Second Leg Room (in) 33.9 39.1 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.7 59.0 58.0
Second Hip Room (in) 52.6 56.5 56.0
Third Leg Room (in) 33.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 66.2 70.1 85.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 33.5 30.7 47.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 20.8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Optional
Satellite Radio Optional Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Entertainment System Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Optional
Dual Zone A/C Standard Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Optional Standard
Leather Seats Optional Optional
Additional Rear Seat Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Optional Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Optional
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Optional
Daytime Running Lights Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

All Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas 4-cyl Gas V6
Displacement 2.5L/150 2.7L/163 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 169 @ 4400 182 @ 5800 263 @ 6250
Torque (Net @ RPM) 175 @ 6000 182 @ 4200 249 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic, Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 35.4 39.1 40.0

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 19 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 26 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 17.7 19.0

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Dual-link Independent multilink
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Lower L-Arms w/Stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/antisquat w/Stabilizer bar

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard