Volvo XC70 vs Subaru Outback

Volvo XC70
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 190.5 (4838)
Width: 73.3 (1861)
Height: 63.1 (1604)

Subaru Outback
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 188 (4775)
Width: 71.7 (1820)
Height: 63.6 (1615)

Compare Volvo XC70 vs Subaru Outback (1:1)

We generally prefer wagons to Suvs thanks to their superior fuel efficiency and handling, but the 2011 Volvo XC70 doesn't provide any such pros when lined up against more modern and efficient crossovers. Volvo XC70 Wagon offers the following pros: Wonderfully supportive seats; ample trunk capacity; plentiful security features; available integrated back booster seatings. Volvo XC70 Wagon drawbacks are: Lackluster base engine; subpar fuel efficiency with turbo engine; dull handling; unintuitive navigator.

The 2011 Volvo XC70 is a five-passenger wagon available in 3. 2 FWD and T6 AWD versions.

Traditional equipment on the 3. 2 contains 16-inch alloy wheels, front and back foglights, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic conditioning, a 40/20/40-split back bench, an eight-way performance driver bench with memory functions, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, neoprene-like "tricotec" upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, radio, optional stereo slot and an Ipod/usb stereo interface. The Luxury suite adds a sunroof, leather upholstery, an eight-way performance passenger bench and wood trim. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are a stand-alone feature.

The T6 AWD adds the content of the Luxury suite along with a turbocharged motor, all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels and updated gauges.

For more equipment, you can select the Climate suite that adds heated front seatings, heated windshield-washer nozzles, automatic wipers and headlight washers. Heated back seating is also included in this suite unless the auxillary integrated booster seating is ordered. The Comfort suite contains front and back parking sensors, a performance tailgate, back privacy glass, power-folding back headrests, a trunk cover and a cargo grocery bag holder. The Technology suite ups the ante with adaptive cruise control, a collision warning system, a distance alert system, driver inattention alert system and a lane-departure warning system. The Multimedia suite adds a navigator, a rearview camera and a 12-speaker Dynaudio surround-sound audio with back bench headphone slots and controls.

Stand-alone features include adaptive xenon headlights, integrated back booster seatings, a blind-spot warning system and keyless ignition/entry.
The 2012 Subaru Outback is an attractive alternative to traditional wagons and crossovers. Subaru Outback Wagon offers the following pros: Roomy interior; impressive visibility; convenient ride; strong crash scores; commendable off-road performance for a wagon; easy controls on lower trims. Subaru Outback Wagon drawbacks are: Lacks agility; numb on-center steering; poor base stereo; fussy controls on upper trims.

The 2012 Subaru Outback is a five-passenger wagon that's provided in six versions: 2. 5i, 2. 5i Luxury, 2. 5i Limited, 3. 6R, 3. 6 Luxury and 3. 6R Limited. The numbers refer to motor displacement.

The entry-level 2. 5i's list of traditional equipment contains 16-inch metal wheels, automatic headlights, roof rack rails with fold-out crossbars, full performance accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver bench, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, 60/40-split-folding and reclining back seatings, and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and an optional stereo slot. Features here include an Alloy Wheel suite that contains 16-inch alloy wheels and foglights, and an All Weather suite that adds heated front seatings, heated mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.

The 2. 5i Luxury model gets you a number of desirable extras, including 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, body-color mirrors, back privacy glass, an eight-way performance driver bench (with performance lumbar), a leather-wrapped helm, a trunk cover, Bluetooth phone and stereo streaming capability and a six-speaker audio system with an Ipod/usb stereo interface. Available features include the All-weather suite and a Performance Moonroof suite that contains (beyond the obvious) a rearview camera. Models with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) can also be had with a nine-speaker Harman Kardon luxury stereo system with a 4. 3-inch LCD display, radio and HD radio.

Step up to the 2. 5i Limited and you get the CVT automatic traditional, as well as dual-zone automatic conditioning, leather upholstery and wood trim, a four-way performance passenger bench, the contents of the All-weather suite and the above-mentioned Harman Kardon stereo system. The features list here is short, consisting of the Performance Moonroof suite and a navigator with an 8-inch screen, voice controls and a rearview camera.

The traditional and auxillary equipment for the 3. 6R models are very alike to those of the corresponding 2. 5i versions. There are a few exceptions, though, as all 3. 6R models get a six-cylinder motor, larger brakes and a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The base 3. 6R also differs from the base 2. 5i by adding 17-inch alloy wheels, a trunk cover and back privacy glass.