2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Subaru Outback doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Macan has standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Outback doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Macan offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outback only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Macan and the Outback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

The Macan comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Outback’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Outback’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 67 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

Engine

The Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 73 more horsepower (248 vs. 175) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 174) than the Outback 2.5i’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Macan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 247) than the Outback 3.6R’s standard 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl. The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 92 more horsepower (348 vs. 256) and 105 lbs.-ft. more torque (352 vs. 247) than the Outback 3.6R’s standard 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Macan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Outback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Macan has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outback (19.8 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Macan’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Outback doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Macan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Outback:

 

Macan

Macan S

Outback

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Macan has larger standard tires than the Outback (F:235/60R18 & R:255/55R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outback (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 225/65R17).

The Macan’s standard 235/60R18 front and 255/55R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series front and 55 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 65 series tires. The Macan’s optional 265/40R21 front and 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium. The Macan’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Outback Limited/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

The Macan offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Outback’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Outback doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Macan’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Outback (110.5 inches vs. 108.1 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Outback (9 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Macan is 5 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Towing

The Macan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outback’s (4409 vs. 2700 pounds).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Subaru. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 48% lower rating, Subaru is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the Outback Limited, the Macan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Macan’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Outback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Macan’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Outback’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Macan’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Outback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Macan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Outback Premium/Limited/Touring.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Macan keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Outback doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Macan has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Outback Premium/Limited/Touring.

Both the Macan and the Outback offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Macan has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outback Base/Premium doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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