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Ford Freestyle, Subaru Outback, Car Comparisons, Sedan, Wagon
#1 of 134 Outback vs Freestyle
Jan 09, 2007 (5:40 pm)
Hi, new to the site and not sure if this had been started yet, but as a very proud ownder of a 99 Outback, I am a little annoyed by the introduction of the Ford Freestyle wagon. It looks virtually identical to the Outback, down to the contrasting grey fenders and bumper, factory roof rack, and windows. Isn't there some kind of copyright infringement going on here? Is it okay to buy this car instead of the Subaru because maybe some people dind't want to buy a Japanese car? Well there is a difference, which is so typical for american cars, it's bigger, what's worse is it's classified as an SUV (how does that work?) which means different tax breaks.
Are all the car companies going to start jumping on the band wagon (er station wagon band wagon) now?
Jan 09, 2007 (6:50 pm)
Is also classified as an SUV FYI.
#3 of 134 Outback vs. Freestyle
Jan 09, 2007 (7:52 pm)
The Freestyle gets much better milage than the Outback -my wife and I have averaged about 23 mpg in the year we've owned our 2006 Freestyle FWD, which cost us $24,000. I believe the Outback is more expensive.
I have no idea what the Outback's safety rating is. The Freestyle is one of the safest vehicles on the market, such as the highest side-impact ratings WITHOUT side airbags.
Jan 09, 2007 (8:29 pm)
Of course FWD is going to get better milage than AWD. That's like saying my Hyundai gets better milage than a Viper RT!
#5 of 134 Re: FWD [paisan]
Jan 10, 2007 (4:25 am)
I thought all Outbacks were AWD? Also, the MPG figures (for the 6cyl OB) are similar for the AWD FS. Prices for the AB's are a bit higher and don't feature the discounts that the FS's have. IMHO
#6 of 134 Re: FWD [rick2456]
Jan 10, 2007 (6:22 am)
All Subarus have full-time AWD.
#7 of 134 Re: FWD [rick2456]
Jan 10, 2007 (9:27 am)
That is all true, but the steeper the discount, the lower the resale. Depreciation on the Freestyle is typical Ford - not a concern, of course, if you are keeping it for a long period of time, but if it is financed then GAP insurance is a good friend! Then there are reliability concerns. I have not heard good things in that department from locals who own them, but aside from the bugs, they do like the vehicles. *shrugs*
#8 of 134 Outback vs. Freestyle
Jan 10, 2007 (12:54 pm)
I have a friend who purchased a 2005 Outback a few months before I got my 2005 Freestyle. It is a nice enough vehicle but much smaller than my Freestyle. He rode in my Freestyle and noted how much roomier is was. I also took a ride in his Outback and noticed how cramped I felt inside. I'm 4' 26" and there was barely enough room for my legs with the seat in the rearmost position. Plus, there is very little cargo room behind the rear seats whereas the Freestyle has lots of room. The OB does have nicer interior materials, but the lack of space and power (his is the 2.5i) in comparison to my FS confirms I made a good choice. Of course the OB is fine for those who don't need a larger AWD vehicle. The B9-Tribeca is more similar to the Freestyle than the Outback is.
M. J. McCloskey
#9 of 134 Talk to us
Jan 10, 2007 (1:20 pm)
When the Freestyle is in for brake line replacements (ala Tarus) in 2 years....
Jan 10, 2007 (2:03 pm)
How unfair of Ford to offer a low-milage vehicle to customers who want one!