2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LS

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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Power outlets
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

9.0

starting from

$30,240

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LS

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Average number of gears
6
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Power locks
Standard
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More passenger seats
8
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Average 0-60 time
7.9 seconds
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
Crash Test Ratings 9.5 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Winner: Traverse LS
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  • The Traverse LS has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
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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  • Active lifestyle? The Outback 2.5i Limited's standard roof rails for extra storage are a nice perk.
  • Good highway range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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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 Traverse LS
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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 Traverse LS only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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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 5 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Outback 2.5i Limited
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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MSRP $29,220 vs $30,240 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 17 mpg The Outback 2.5i Limited has great city mileage and the Traverse LS 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

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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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 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 OnStar

Performance

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 281 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Traverse LS is of average power, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Traverse LS 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 Traverse LS'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 16.6 lb/hp The Traverse LS 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 40.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Passengers 5 vs 8 The Traverse LS can carry a soccer team, and the Outback 2.5i Limited has an OK number of seats
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 528 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3 The Traverse LS has lots of cargo room and the Outback 2.5i Limited is pretty good
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 59.9 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 Not Available The Outback 2.5i Limited's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Traverse LS
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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 Traverse LS
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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
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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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 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 Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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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 Traverse LS

Road Tests

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The Traverse LS'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 141 ft The Outback 2.5i Limited's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Traverse LS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.2 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 87.0 mph mph The Traverse LS'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 0.8 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 123 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Outback 2.5i Limited vs Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2012 Ford Escape XLS Outback 2.5i vs Escape XLS
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 2011 Toyota Highlander Outback 3.6R vs Highlander
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Outback 2.5i Limited vs Equinox LT
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Lexus RX 350 Outback 2.5i Limited vs RX 350
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Traverse LS vs Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Ford Edge SEL Traverse LS vs Edge SEL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Buick Enclave CXL Traverse LS vs Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Traverse LT vs Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 GMC Terrain SLE Traverse LS vs Terrain SLE

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