2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LT
vs. 2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

10.0

starting from

$29,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT

9.6

starting from

$24,970

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Equinox LT

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Average number of gears
6
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Power locks
Standard
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • The Outback 2.5i Limited's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Outback 2.5i Limited has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • The Outback 2.5i Limited can go around 10% faster than the Equinox LT, 123 mph vs 112 mph
  • Almost the same, 0.78 g vs 0.76 g
  • Almost the same, 136 ft vs 138 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Outback 2.5i Limited
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • Around 10% more powerful, 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with roof rails
  • Both have lots of cupholders
  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Equinox LT in particular gets exceptional range
Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Outback 2.5i Limited has more speakers and the Equinox LT is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Equinox LT's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Outback 2.5i Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Outback 2.5i Limited's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Outback 2.5i Limited has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Road Tests

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 10.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 138 ft The Outback 2.5i Limited's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Equinox LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.2 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs 18.0 s s @ 80.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.76 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 123 mph vs 112 mph The Outback 2.5i Limited's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Equinox LT is just OK

Luxury Features

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Outback 2.5i Limited

Performance

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Equinox LT has an OK number of gears, while the Outback 2.5i Limited has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The Outback 2.5i Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Equinox LT
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.0 lb/hp vs 20.8 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Outback 2.5i Limited has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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MSRP $29,220 vs $24,970 The Equinox LT has a great price and the Outback 2.5i Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 22 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Outback 2.5i Limited
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Outback 2.5i Limited is 1.5x safer than the Equinox LT

Practicality

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 602 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Equinox LT in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 63.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Outback 2.5i Limited has average-sized front seats, while the Equinox LT is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Standard Both come standard with roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Equinox LT vs Traverse LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Equinox LT vs Acadia SLE
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Equinox LT vs Rogue SV
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Equinox LT vs Explorer Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Equinox LT vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Outback 2.5i Limited vs Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2012 Ford Escape XLS Outback 2.5i vs Escape XLS
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 2011 Toyota Highlander Outback 3.6R vs Highlander
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Lexus RX 350 Outback 2.5i Limited vs RX 350
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Nissan Murano LE Outback 2.5i Limited vs Murano LE

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