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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-12-2015, 02:00 PM
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Our choice was all about the ability to comfortably pull a small RV, so towing capacity was what put us over the edge. The JCT with the V6, 4500 lbs. 'Bing" add 2 points.

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In all honesty, I was originally going to buy the Outback. We still have our 2008 Forester which has been completely trouble free. and I've always been a great fan of the Subaru engine and drive train.

What made me swing over to the Cherokee? Believe it or not, it was the seat comfort. The seats in the Outback felt very stiff and hard to me. The Cherokee was/is like sitting in my recliner at home. Comfort in a vehicle, is one of my Top considerations if not the most important. What also was much better regarding the Cherokee is the uConnect and of course, the styling! That's my story.
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I know this is an old post, but one thing they failed to mention is the Outback has a 18.5 gal fuel tank, giving it a bit more range than the Cherokee.

I'm in the market to replace my econobox Chevy Sonic with something a bit quieter, AWD, and more interior room. (The wife drives the TH, so we're not leaving the fold). A 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited sure does check off all the boxes on what I'm shopping for.
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I know this is an old post, but one thing they failed to mention is the Outback has a 18.5 gal fuel tank, giving it a bit more range than the Cherokee.

I'm in the market to replace my econobox Chevy Sonic with something a bit quieter, AWD, and more interior room. (The wife drives the TH, so we're not leaving the fold). A 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited sure does check off all the boxes on what I'm shopping for.
A lot of people here, not myself, are former Subie owners and they have posted multiple times that the boxer 4 cyls have oil consumption problems, buyer beware.

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I like the old Outbacks much better. The new ones look very generic. There Great if you want to be invisible. At the 2014 Chicago auto show we looked at the Subaru's. No comparison the Subaru's interior looked very cheap compared to the Jeep. Being that we were trading our 2012 300 SRT I wasn't about to compromise on quality. Although They are very nice vehicles with a better reputation for reliability. They don't match the versatility of the Cherokees. The difference is Subaru's are great appliances, Jeeps are fun.
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To each their own.

Comparing a TH to an Outback though? I'm not sure they're targeted to the same audience.

I never even considered an Outback. It's not off-road capable, does not have a locking rear diff, and I do NOT like how it looks. Plus the ones I've been in are slow, sound tinny and ride rough.

Now if they compared a loaded Outback 3.6R Limited vs TH ... then that might be a bit more accurate comparison.

Oh well, like I said to each their own lol.
FWIW, my top two choices were, in fact, the Outback 3.6R and the TH. Obviously, I chose correctly, but before my purchase decision, Mrs.BurtonRW and I were in Sedona and witnessed an Outback navigating Schnebly Hill Road up past Cowpies to Mitten Ridge, keeping up every bit with the obviously more capable, but no better suited to that particular task, Wranglers (including the one we had rented to get to several otherwise inaccessible trail heads). I was sufficiently impressed.

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My house now has both... a '15 TH V-6 and a '17 Outback 2.5i. My wife drives the TH, I drive the OB.

I like the quiet ride of the OB, the longer fuel range (18.5 gal tank), factory HID headlights, 8.7" ground clearance, bigger cargo area, remote flip down seats, stow-away cross rails on the roof, and the Harmon Kardon sound system. The CVT transmission was completely changed in '15. It has simulated shift points. The CVT feels slightly 'disconnected' compared to the 9 speed in the TH, but something you get used to after about 15 minutes of driving.

Wish it had ventilated seats and heated steering wheel like the TH.

I see the practicality of both vehicles. TH's sit on lots for months here, but Outbacks sell as fast as they get them off the truck from Indiana.



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My house now has both... a '15 TH V-6 and a '17 Outback 2.5i. My wife drives the TH, I drive the OB.

I like the quiet ride of the OB, the longer fuel range (18.5 gal tank), factory HID headlights, 8.7" ground clearance, bigger cargo area, remote flip down seats, stow-away cross rails on the roof, and the Harmon Kardon sound system. The CVT transmission was completely changed in '15. It has simulated shift points. The CVT feels slightly 'disconnected' compared to the 9 speed in the TH, but something you get used to after about 15 minutes of driving.

Wish it had ventilated seats and heated steering wheel like the TH.

I see the practicality of both vehicles. TH's sit on lots for months here, but Outbacks sell as fast as they get them off the truck from Indiana.



Isn't that the same ground clearance as the jeep?

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Yes, same ground clearance as the TH. You don't realize how tall the Outback is until you see it parked next to a TH. It's about 1 inch difference.
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We were actually considering a Suby Forester in Jan 2014 and were driving 60 miles to look at one. But, on the way, we stopped in at a Jeep dealership only 40 miles from here. When we drove home, we owned a Trailhawk. and they were getting it ready for us to pick up the next day. Sure glad we never bought that Suby. - Ted.
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