2011 Dodge
Durango Express
vs. 2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

9.8

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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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
2011 Dodge Durango Express

9.0

starting from

$30,045

Reasons to buy the Dodge Durango Express

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Average number of gears
5
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Power locks
Standard
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Good braking distance from 60mph
119 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.0
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
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
Performance 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Durango Express Winner: Durango Express
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  • Almost the same, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • More than 70% more powerful, 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM
  • The Durango Express's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 16.4 lb/hp vs 21.0 lb/hp
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • The Outback 2.5i Limited has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Active lifestyle? The Outback 2.5i Limited's standard roof rails for extra storage are a nice perk.
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.8 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
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Durango Express
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Outback 2.5i Limited's power seats; not available on the Durango Express
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Outback 2.5i Limited; the Durango Express only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Outback 2.5i Limited has more speakers and the Durango Express is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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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

Performance

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM The Durango Express is of average power, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The Durango Express 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 Durango Express
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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 16.4 lb/hp The Durango Express has OK performance while the Outback 2.5i Limited gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-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 37.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Durango Express has lots of passenger seats and the Outback 2.5i Limited is OK, too
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 566 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 84.5 ft3 The Durango Express has lots of cargo room and the Outback 2.5i Limited is pretty good
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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 Durango Express 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 Optional Active lifestyle? The Outback 2.5i Limited's standard roof rails for extra storage are a nice perk.
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Outback 2.5i Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Durango Express
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Outback 2.5i Limited has a good number of cupholders, but the Durango Express is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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MSRP $29,220 vs $30,045 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 16 mpg The Outback 2.5i Limited has great city mileage and the Durango Express is pretty reasonable
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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

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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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 None

Crash Test Ratings

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Dodge Durango Express Dodge
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2011 Dodge Durango Express Dodge
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 9.0 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 119 ft The Durango Express has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is just OK
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1/4 mile 18.2 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs 16.6 s s @ 85.8 mph mph The Durango Express's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Outback 2.5i Limited's is quite bad
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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 Unknown

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