2016 Volvo XC70 vs Subaru Outback Comparison

2016 Volvo XC70
2016 Subaru Outback

2016 Volvo XC70

Base Engine:

2.0 L Inline 4

Horsepower:

240 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

Heated/Cooled seats:

Standard

Maximum towing capacity:

3500 lbs.

2016 Subaru Outback

Base Engine:

2.5 L Flat 4

Horsepower:

175 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

174 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

Heated/Cooled seats:

Available on other styles

Maximum towing capacity:

2700 lbs.

2016 Volvo XC70 vs Subaru Outback

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There is an element of intrigue that comes with a station wagon. Years ago, it may have repelled some consumers with a negative stigma. But today, many people find that they are captivating. The way that they are engineered seems to capture the philosophy behind the wagon. Many of the newer models maintain the luxurious aura of a sports car with improved handling, but have the extra space that consumers need for daily use. The new generation of station wagons are becoming a more alluring option.

Among these are models such as the 2016 Volvo XC70 and the Subaru Outback. Volvo is a brand that has become synonymous with safety and innovation. Every generation of cars, Volvo is producing something that integrates the latest innovations as it adapts to the technological climate of the day. The XC70 is no different.

Tech

Drivers want a vehicle that is engaging. As they have long commutes or need to entertain their children on the way to school or on that dreaded day trip, they need a car that implements the latest tech. As consumers expected, Volvo did precisely that with the XC70. It has climate control, Bluetooth, and 8 speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, brake assist, smartphone integration and a 7-inch infotainment center. Volvo offers other standard features not found on the standard equipped 2016 Outback such as heated and cooled power seat. While keyless ignition and parking assistance are optional on base models. While also featuring a 7-inch infotainment center, reviews have found it more difficult during the day due to glare, and the base model Outback has less to offer when compared to the XC70.

Performance

The 2016 XC70 features a turbocharged 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder engine, generating an impressive 240 horsepower. It has an eight speed transmission and front-wheel drive, with optional all-wheel drive. Many test drivers report that this powerful vehicle is comfortable and prevents against noise pollution even on a bumpy road. While rival models will toss the cabin to and fro when it hits a pothole, the XC70 absorbs them comfortably. Reviewers have found the Outback to have a rougher ride. Although possessing all-wheel drive standard and a larger 2.5 liter engine, the 2016 Outback is underpowered with only 175 horsepower and 174 ft.-lbs. of torque. Clearly the XC70 has more than enough power to shake the dull performance persona of a typical station wagon, while that is not the case with the underpowered Outback.

Safety

Built with Legendary Volvo Safety, the Volvo XC70 comes equipped with 5 airbags, 4 wheel disc brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control and traction control. Standard features extend to airbag deployment notification, emergency service, and stolen vehicle tracking, things not found on the base model Outback. Packed standard with more safety features, it is hard to pass up the XC70


Visit your local Volvo dealership, located in Tallahassee, for yourself and learn why it is that Volvo is so widely sought after. Visit the dealership and request a test drive. The Volvo XC70 will speak for itself.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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