2011 Ford
Edge SEL
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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Less safe for the driver in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
2011 Ford Edge SEL

9.5

Runner-up

Ford Edge SEL

starting from

$33,325

Reasons to buy the Ford Edge SEL

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Average number of gears
6
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Power locks
Standard
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Sporty performance
15.0 lb/hp
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Average 0-60 time
8.1 seconds
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 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The Edge SEL's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.0 lb/hp vs 21.0 lb/hp
  • Around 70% more powerful, 285 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Crash Test Ratings 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 has 1.8x less risk of serious injury, 4 stars vs 3 stars
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
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $4,105 cheaper (more than 10% less), $29,220 vs $33,325
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Active lifestyle? The Outback 2.5i Limited's standard roof rails for extra storage are a nice perk.
  • A single tank lasts more than 10% longer, 536 miles vs 475 miles
  • Almost the same, 57.2 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.5

Entertainment System

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Outback 2.5i Limited has more speakers and the Edge SEL 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
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 285 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Edge SEL is of average power, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Edge SEL 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 Edge SEL
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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 15.0 lb/hp The Edge SEL is a sporty car, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 38.6 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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Edge SEL
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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 3 stars Poor protection, 21% to 35% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Luxury Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
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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

Cost

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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MSRP $29,220 vs $33,325 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 18 mpg The Outback 2.5i Limited has great city mileage and the Edge SEL 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

Practicality

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 475 miles The Outback 2.5i Limited has good highway range and the Edge SEL is reasonable
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 68.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 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

Safety Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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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

Road Tests

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 8.1 seconds The Edge SEL's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 134 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 18.2 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs 16.6 s s @ 87.0 mph mph The Edge SEL'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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