Subaru Outback: Top Alternatives for 2024

Subaru Outback Alternatives

The Subaru Outback is primarily known for its station wagon design, ample interior space, all-terrain capability, and upscale feel.

Many consumers consider the Outback the flagship of the Subaru lineup, fitting a niche that others have tried to copy but rarely match.

This is changing as other automakers improve their vehicles and increase competition. It's easier to find competitors in today's market, full of crossovers, now that all-wheel drive (AWD) is more common.

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Subaru Outback vs. Competitors

ModelApprox Cost RangeEfficiencyPassenger VolumeFull Warranty Lengths
Subaru Outback
28 MPG Combined
109 cu ft
3-YR Basic / 5-YR Powertrain
Audi A4 Allroad
26 MPG Combined
107 cu ft
4-YR Basic, 4-YR Powertrain
Ford Escape / Escape Hybrid / Escape PHEV
41 MPG
102 cu ft
3-YR Basic / 5-YR Powertrain
Subaru Forester
30 MPG
176 cu ft
3-YR Basic / 5-YR Powertrain

1. Audi A4 Allroad

Audi-a4-allroad-alternatives-to-subaru-outbackOf the choices on our list, the Audi A4 Allroad is the only station wagon that’s competitive against the Subaru Outback.

The Allroad is sporty with a lot of European appeal, with a high-quality interior and lots of technology. It’s more expensive than the Outback, but returns similar fuel efficiency and interior spaciousness. Audi’s all-wheel drive system is well-liked and capable as well.

The Takeaway: The Audi A4 Allroad offers an experience that’s equal to the Outback in versatility but with more luxury fitment. It’s also more composed and energetic to drive by comparison.

Current Audi A4 Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration

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2. Ford Escape

Ford-escape-alternatives-to-subaru-outbackThe Ford Escape is a crossover SUV that is sized about the same as is the Outback. The Escape has more fuel efficiency in all of its iterations. Unlike any of the other options presented here, the Escape comes in a standard gasoline, hybrid-electric, and plug-in hybrid electric version. Though it costs more, the 40 mpg average in the plug-in hybrid and the 30 miles of around-town driving on battery alone are high points worth considering for those looking for maximum fuel savings.

The Escape does not compete off-road, however, with all-wheel drive being only available in the gasoline and hybrid models. That AWD system is geared more towards inclement weather than it is trail running and there is no “Wilderness” option for more get-out-there capability as can be had in the Outback.

The Takeaway: The Ford Escape is primarily focused on a good drive dynamic and daily driving on the pavement with maximum efficiency.

Current Ford Escape Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2023FordEscape0.00%$339/month for 48 months, $3,289 due at signing7/8/24
2024FordEscape1.90%$339/month for 36 months, $3,899 due at signing7/8/24

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3. Subaru Forester

Subaru-forester-alternatives-to-subaru-outbackSubaru’s own Forester model is also competitive with the Outback.

Giving a more traditional crossover-SUV design, the Forester has a drive dynamic to match, being a little higher in seating and maneuverability than is the Outback wagon. It is, in other respects, very comparable to the Outback in terms of fuel economy, warranty, and comfort.

The Takeaway: The Subaru Forester is not quite as upscale in appeal as is the Outback, but it offers a lot more interior space and cargo room when compared.

Current Subaru Forester Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2024SubaruForester2.90%$319/month for 36 months, $2,734 due at signing7/1/24
2025SubaruForester4.90%$329/month for 36 months, $3,229 due at signing7/1/24

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I buy instead of an Outback?

The closest comparison on our list is the Audi A4 Allroad, a wagon made in the German style. It’s sportier, more expensive, and more luxurious, but otherwise very much like the Outback.

What is more reliable than a Subaru?

For reliability, we focused on the manufacturer’s warranties here. Most warranties run for 3 to 5 years. Some are separate, as is Subaru’s 3-year basic warranty and 5-year powertrain warranty, but others are combined warranties like Audi’s 4 years for everything.

Are there any Outback alternatives that are available?

Most likely, yes. With the market today, there is always a gamble as to whether any given vehicle is even available at the dealership, but most dealers will either accommodate you by ordering one, point you towards another dealership with one in stock, or have one that may closely fit your needs.