2011 Mazda
CX-7 i SV
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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Good range in the city
407 miles
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
2011 Mazda CX-7 i SV

8.9

Runner-up

Mazda CX-7 i SV

starting from

$22,785
"This crossover SUV feels stable in turns and changes direction quickly."
edmunds.com | talking about the CX-7's ride quality
"Attention-getting design."
edmunds.com | talking about the CX-7's external styling

Reasons to buy the Mazda CX-7 i SV

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Average number of gears
5
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Power locks
Standard
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OK braking distance from 60mph
128 ft
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Has speed-sensitive volume
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 7.6
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 5 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts around 20% longer, 537 miles vs 459 miles
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda CX-7 i SV Winner: CX-7 i SV
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  • Almost the same, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The CX-7 i SV's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • 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 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 10.0 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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CX-7 i SV
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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 CX-7 i SV
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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 CX-7 i SV only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 9 vs 4 The Outback 2.5i Limited has more speakers, but the CX-7 i SV has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The CX-7 i SV'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 Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Outback 2.5i Limited; but it's not available at all on the CX-7 i SV

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 537 miles vs 459 miles The Outback 2.5i Limited has good highway range and the CX-7 i SV is reasonable
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 58.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 55.6 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 Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Outback 2.5i Limited's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the CX-7 i SV cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Outback 2.5i Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CX-7 i SV
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Cupholders 8 vs 6 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 161 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The CX-7 i SV 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 CX-7 i SV's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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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 CX-7 i SV
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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 21.7 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 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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MSRP $29,220 vs $22,785 The CX-7 i SV has a great price and the Outback 2.5i Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 20 mpg The Outback 2.5i Limited has great city mileage and the CX-7 i SV 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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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 Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 10.0 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 128 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 18.2 s @ 79 mph vs 17.6 s @ 78 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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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 CX-7 i SV
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Top speed 123 mph vs Unknown

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