2011 Subaru
Outback 3.6R Limited
vs. 2012 Volvo
XC70 T6

2012 Volvo XC70 T6

10.0

Winner

Volvo XC70 T6

starting from

$39,475

Reasons to buy the Volvo XC70 T6

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Power locks
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

9.2

starting from

$32,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

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Spacious front seats
57.2 ft3
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Average range on the highway
462 miles
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Below average highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Winner: XC70 T6
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Winner: XC70 T6
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with roof rails
  • Lots of cargo room
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.2 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Subaru
Outback 3.6R Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Volvo
XC70 T6
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the XC70 T6's standard 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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

Subaru
Outback 3.6R Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Volvo
XC70 T6
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MSRP $32,220 vs $39,475 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 17 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The XC70 T6's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Outback 3.6R Limited's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The XC70 T6's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Outback 3.6R Limited's is very short

Safety Features

Subaru
Outback 3.6R Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Volvo
XC70 T6
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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 Optional Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Outback 3.6R Limited; optional upgrade on the XC70 T6
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Outback 3.6R Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Volvo
XC70 T6
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Subaru
Outback 3.6R Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Volvo
XC70 T6
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Horsepower 256 HP @ 6,600 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,600 RPM The XC70 T6 is fairly powerful, but the Outback 3.6R Limited is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The XC70 T6's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The XC70 T6's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.3 lb/hp vs 14.3 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 37.7 ft The Outback 3.6R Limited is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the XC70 T6 is quite bad

Practicality

Subaru
Outback 3.6R Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Volvo
XC70 T6
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 462 miles vs 407 miles The Outback 3.6R Limited has OK highway range, but the XC70 T6 is very limited
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 72.1 ft3 Lots of cargo room
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 54.0 ft3 The Outback 3.6R Limited has roomy front seats and the XC70 T6 is OK
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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

Subaru
Outback 3.6R Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Volvo
XC70 T6
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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 Standard Both come standard with 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 3.6R Limited; but it's not available at all on the XC70 T6

Road Tests

Subaru
Outback 3.6R Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 Volvo
XC70 T6
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 131 ft vs 135 ft The Outback 3.6R Limited's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the XC70 T6 is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.5 s s @ 90.5 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 142 mph vs 130 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

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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 Volvo XC70 T6 2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 XC70 T6 vs XC90 3.2
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 2012 Volvo XC60 T6 XC70 T6 vs XC60 T6
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2012 Volvo XC70 T6 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i XC70 T6 vs X3 xDrive28i

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