There's No Doubt About It: The New Subaru Outback is the Ruggedly Capable Choice for Every Eastern Connecticut Drive

Against fierce competitors like the new Ford Explorer, ready to own the North Franklin area terrain, our new Subaru crossover SUV pulls far ahead on the trail. See how here at Holmgren Subaru.

For one, the new Subaru Outback offers better fuel economy by nearly eight miles per gallon, owing to its high-efficiency SUBARU BOXER engine. Ford Explorer, on the other hand, is home to a powerful 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6, but it's much thirstier.

Secondly, the new Outback incorporates our automaker's celebrated Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system standard. It's permanent, always-on, and dovetails excellent standard tech like a wheel slip-reducing X-MODE® and Active Torque Vectoring for precision cornering. That means dependable turning and pulling power, and with fewer moving parts and more efficient power transfer than other automakers' electronic AWD systems. On that note, Explorer's intelligent four-wheel drive (4WD) system is optional, as is its Terrain Management System, putting Subaru ahead when it comes to rough ground to cover and inclement weather alike. Outback even gets around better in tight spaces, with a shorter turning circle from curb to curb.

Of course, no trip can go off without an interior ready to take on kids, friends, family, and cargo. To that end, Outback offers nearly 14.5 extra cubic feet of minimum cargo volume over the new Explorer, making it friendlier to a balance of passengers and travel essentials. You can also haul a trailerful up to 2,700 pounds in tow. The base Explorer trim can load up on only up to 2,000 pounds, and although the up-to-5,000-pound rating in other trims might give Ford's SUV the edge, it requires either an optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine or an available Class III Trailer Tow Package -- an extra investment that Subaru doesn't demand.

There are even more advancements on Ford Explorer to expect from our Subaru wagon lineup, to be sure. But the best way to truly appreciate them is behind the wheel. When you've learned all you want to know here on our website, stop by and visit us here at Holmgren Subaru, 3 New Park Avenue in North Franklin. We'll be excited to take you for a spin!

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