Whether you need to wrangle together children or traverse some rough terrain, an SUV will have you driving in style. The higher driving position can improve visibility and be easier on your knees when you get out. The engine is more powerful than one in a sedan and can perform well on both short and long trips.

For many, SUVs are the only choice in vehicle due to all the features and benefits it offers, but which SUV is the one for you? Narrowing down the make and model is the hardest part of finding the right fit, but Freehold Subaru is ready to help. Check out the comparison between the 2017 Subaru Outback vs Chevy Equinox to see which SUV should be yours.

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is one of the primary reasons people buy a particular vehicle, especially large ones like SUVs. Fortunately, the EPA-estimated fuel economy for both the Outback and the Equinox is pretty desirable, but the Outback edges out on top. On the standard models, EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Outback is 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with a combined 28 mpg. The Equinox, on the other hand, falls short in all areas, with only 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with a combined 25 mpg.

The Equinox doesn't even begin to catch up in terms of EPA-estimated fuel economy unless compared to the 6-cylinder Subaru Outback models. Even then, the other available features will still urge the Outback ahead of the curve compared to the Equinox. 

Subaru Outback vs Chevy Equinox - Safety

Riding in style may be important, but the most important aspect of any car is getting you to your destination safely. The Subaru Outback is one of the best vehicles on the market in terms of safety. Subaru always excels in making their vehicles safe, but the Outback particularly shines with an five-star overall frontal crash safety rating as opposed to the four stars earned by the Chevy Equinox, despite the two cars having the same airbag layouts.

The EyeSight collision-mitigation technology of the Outback gives it an additional bonus over the Equinox, which relies on the driver alone to hit the brakes or swerve from danger. That may seem expected, but with Subaru EyeSight technology, you have an extra set of eyes on the road to help you brake, optimize cruise control, and monitor traffic movement.


The Subaru Outback lives up to its namesake and can easily drive off-road using its state of the art X-Mode, allowing the SUV to maintain its stability under difficult off-road conditions. It also features Hill Descent Control which controls braking during steep descents. The Chevy Equinox has no similar capabilities as it primarily serves as a car for roads.

The Equinox may have more horsepower, but with the Equinox's immense weight, you can't really take advantage of it behind the wheel. The Outback may look and feel like a luxury SUV, but it also performs better off-road than any of its comparable counterparts, including the Equinox. Overall, the Equinox leaves a lot to be desired for an SUV of that size, and the Outback presents a favorable alternative, especially if you plan on conquering some grizzly terrain.

Subaru Outback vs Chevy Equinox - Test Drive

The difference is clear: the Subaru Outback excels over the Chevy Equinox. The Outback is better at driving off-road than the Equinox. It has all the storage space and power of the Equinox, if not more, but the Equinox can't even come close in terms of off-road capabilities.

The Subaru Outback has many more exciting features, but the best way to learn more about this SUV is to experience it for yourself. Schedule a test drive by calling (888) 811-7604 or coming down to Freehold, NJ. All residents of Freehold, Englishtown, Manalapan, and Marlboro are invited to visit Freehold Subaru and test drive the 2017 Subaru Outback today!


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