Subaru Outback vs Volvo XC60 in Madison WI

2023 Subaru Outback vs. 2023 Volvo XC60

The Subaru Outback is an SUV that off-roaders all over the country trust to deliver an enduring and highly-energized performance that will take you just about anywhere. Many drivers consider the Subaru Outback the only SUV worth considering. But you might be taking a look at another model like the Volvo XC60 for comparison. Here at Don Miller Subaru West in Madison WI, we want to help you make the right decision so here's a direct comparison.

A comparison of engines

The Subaru Outback for 2023 is powered by two Boxer engines that give you 175 horsepower from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter six cylinder that generates 256 horsepower. The new Volvo XC60 gives you a choice of three engines and all are powerful. But the Subaru Outback is much more fun to drive and provides a level of fuel efficiency that the Volvo XC60 simply can't match. It all depends on what your priorities are.

A comparison of fuel efficiency

The Subaru Outback for 2023 gets an impressive 32 MPG on the highway and 25 MPG in the city. The 2023 Volvo XC60 gives you only 23 MPG in the city according to the EPA and just 30 MPG on the highway. At a time when the cost of just about everything seems to have skyrocketed, we know you're looking for ways to save money wherever you can. The advantage the Subaru Outback gives you at the fuel pump is something you'll appreciate for many miles to come.

A comparison of drive trains

The Subaru Outback for 2023 comes standard with the best all-wheel drive system money can buy. The Volvo XC60 is available with all-wheel drive but you have to pay extra for it and it doesn't match Subaru's patented Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It comes standard on the new Outback which also gives you X-Mode with Hill Descent Control. The combination helps you manage extra slippery surfaces and other inhospitable terrain. The Volvo XC60 doesn't have a performance feature like the X-Mode so it can't give you the same off-road performance.

Why Subaru's all-wheel drive system is much better than the XC60's

Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system automatically sends power to whichever wheels are getting the most traction. The Volvo XC60 gives you a much more conventional all-wheel drive system that doesn't have the same high level of sophistication. Subaru's system is why people who love the great outdoors insist on a Subaru model like the agile, virtually unstoppable Subaru Outback. We invite you to find out more so you can see why Subaru's system is loved by so many people.

A comparison of price and value

Nobody wants to pay more and get less and we all want a vehicle that will last. Both the Volvo XC60 and the Subaru Outback have proven themselves over time but the Subaru Outback is considerably more affordable. The Outback has a starting price that's less than $27,000 while the Volvo XC60 requires more than $42,000, and that's just the starting price. It's no wonder the Subaru Outback is nearly five times more popular than the Volvo XC60.

A comparison of safety technology

The 2023 Subaru Outback gives you EyeSight Driver Assist technology. Its advanced safety systems include adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and pre-collision braking as standard on every model. The Volvo XC60 offers similar features but not on every model. Shop the Subaru model lineup to see what's available and take a close look at our new Crosstrek models, then schedule a test drive at Don Miller Subaru West in Madison WI.

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