2019 Toyota C-HR vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

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Safety

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The C-HR’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Outback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota C-HR is safer than the Subaru Outback:

 

C-HR

Outback

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

192 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

508 lbs.

527 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

714 lbs.

736 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the C-HR for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Subaru doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Outback.

There are almost 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the C-HR’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the C-HR’s reliability 18 points higher than the Outback.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Subaru is ranked fourth.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the C-HR gets better fuel mileage than the Outback:

 

 

 

MPG

C-HR

 

 

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

Outback

 

 

2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

 

 

3.6i 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The C-HR stops shorter than the Outback:

 

C-HR

Outback

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The C-HR LE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 65 series tires. The C-HR XLE/Limited’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The C-HR Limited handles at .81 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the C-HR’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Outback’s (34.2 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota C-HR may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the Subaru Outback.

The C-HR is 1 foot, 6.7 inches shorter than the Outback, making the C-HR easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the C-HR is 3 inches lower than the Outback (16” vs. 19”). The C-HR’s rear step up height is 2.5 inches lower than the Outback’s (16.5” vs. 19”).

Servicing Ease

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The C-HR has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Outback doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the C-HR and the Outback have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the C-HR is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Outback prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

The C-HR’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.

If the windows are left open on the C-HR the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Outback can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The C-HR Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Outback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The C-HR’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.

The C-HR 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.

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota C-HR will be $1146 to $9852 less than for the Subaru Outback.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota C-HR and the Subaru Outback, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-HR second among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Outback isn’t in the top three in its category.

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