2011 Lexus
RX 350
vs. 2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

9.9

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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Good highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Good range on the highway
536 miles
2011 Lexus RX 350

9.8

starting from

$41,350
"User-friendly multifunction controller."
edmunds.com | talking about the RX's controls
"Energetic acceleration."
edmunds.com | talking about the RX's performance

Reasons to buy the Lexus RX 350

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Average number of gears
6
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Power locks
Standard
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
15.2 s s @ 92.6 mph mph
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Fast 0-60 time
6.9 seconds
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
Road Tests 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • Around 20% faster in the 1/4 mile, 15.2 s s @ 92.6 mph mph vs 18.2 s s @ 79.0 mph mph
  • The RX 350 hits 60mph around 40% faster, 6.9 seconds vs 10.7 seconds
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
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 $12,130 cheaper (around 30% less), $29,220 vs $41,350
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with roof rails
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Outback 2.5i Limited's satellite radio; in the RX 350, too, but it'll cost
  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Overall 9.9 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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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

Road Tests

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 6.9 seconds The RX 350 can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 137 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 15.2 s s @ 92.6 mph mph The RX 350's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Outback 2.5i Limited's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.74 g The Outback 2.5i Limited has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average RX 350
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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 RX 350 is just OK

Cost

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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MSRP $29,220 vs $41,350 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 RX 350 is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The RX 350's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Outback 2.5i Limited's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The RX 350's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Outback 2.5i Limited's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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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 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% 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

Safety Features

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 7 The RX 350 has great airbag coverage, whereas the Outback 2.5i Limited is just OK (missing Knee, Rear Side)
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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

Performance

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 275 HP @ 6,200 RPM The RX 350 is of average power, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The RX 350 has an OK number of gears, while the Outback 2.5i Limited has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The RX 350's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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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 15.8 lb/hp The RX 350 has OK performance while the Outback 2.5i Limited gives sluggish performance
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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 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 461 miles The Outback 2.5i Limited has good highway range and the RX 350 is reasonable
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 80.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 56.6 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 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 Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Number of speakers 9 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Outback 2.5i Limited's satellite radio; in the RX 350, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

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