2011 Mazda
CX-7 i SV
vs. 2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i

10.0

starting from

$23,920

Reasons to buy the Subaru Outback 2.5i

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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Roof rails
Standard
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Average number of gears
6
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Average range on the highway
500 miles
2011 Mazda CX-7 i SV

9.8

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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Power locks
Standard
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Power windows
Standard
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
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OK braking distance from 60mph
128 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Winner: Outback 2.5i
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? The Outback 2.5i's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the CX-7 i SV cannot be configured with them at any price
  • The Outback 2.5i has 2 more cupholders, 8 vs 6
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 500 miles vs 459 miles
Performance 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Winner: Outback 2.5i
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The Outback 2.5i has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • The Outback 2.5i's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.9 lb/hp vs 21.7 lb/hp
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda CX-7 i SV Winner: CX-7 i SV
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  • The CX-7 i SV's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
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
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Practicality

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Outback 2.5i
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CX-7 i SV
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 500 miles vs 459 miles Average highway range
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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'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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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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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Outback 2.5i
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CX-7 i SV
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 161 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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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 19.9 lb/hp vs 21.7 lb/hp Both Outback 2.5i and CX-7 i SV are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Outback 2.5i 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

Entertainment System

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Outback 2.5i
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CX-7 i SV
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Number of speakers 4 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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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 does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

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Outback 2.5i
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MSRP $23,920 vs $22,785 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage 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

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Outback 2.5i
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CX-7 i SV
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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

Luxury Features

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Outback 2.5i
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

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Outback 2.5i
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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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Outback 2.5i
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0-60 mph 9.6 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 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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2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 2011 Nissan Murano SL Outback 3.6R vs Murano SL

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