The Subaru Outback can be challenging to describe. It is a station wagon, yet it functions like an SUV due to its cargo-carrying ability. Compared to most wagons, this car has one of the most spacious cargo rooms at 32.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats. When you create more room by folding the seats, you will have a space of 75.7 cubic feet. Due to its vast space, the car model became the second best-selling in 2021. According to KBB, Subaru managed to sell 154,623 Outbacks in the United States that year. Despite its cargo-carrying ability, there are some features that people may not like about the car. Some users have complained about its transmission problems and the vibration that occurs while accelerating. As a result, they may desire another wagon. If you happen to be such a person, here are 20 cars comparable to this car below.
20. 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country
The wagon runs on a B6 engine. This engine has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 48-volt hybrid system, which delivers 295 horsepower. According to Auto List, a good amount of horsepower ranges between 200 and 300, which makes this wagon powerful. As a result, the engine delivers powerful acceleration at 60 mph within 4.8 seconds. The wagon may not feel sporty when driven, but it is good at taking corners.
19. 2022 Audi A4 Allroad
When you enter the car, you will find that it has a business-like feel to it because of the cabin's design. Some may not like the design, but you will appreciate its convenience and comfort. This wagon has a shorter length than its competitors, but do not rule out this car just yet. Its back seat has plenty of legroom like other wagons.
18. 2022 Audi RS6 Avant
If you are looking for an intimidating-looking car, this is the one we highly recommend. The car has a squat muscular stance, a frown that draws inspiration from the '84 Sport Quattro and bazooka tailpipes. So, does it deliver functionally besides being intimidating? Indeed, and we will discuss its engine. The car runs on a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine which dispatches 592 horsepower. In terms of acceleration, the car achieves 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds.
17. 2022 Volvo V60
Car manufacturers are slowly embracing automatic climate control and doing away with the manual air-conditioning system. In the manual system, you would twist the knob to cool the car. One problem was that the temperature was the same for everyone else. Sometimes, you may find the temperature cool while someone else finds it too cold. Thankfully, this car is equipped with a two-zone climate system. That means you can set different temperatures for those at the front and the back.
16. 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
Gas prices continue to rise in the United States. According to USA Today, the average price of gas is $4 a gallon. Thankfully, you no longer have to experience any pain at the pump by buying this wagon since it is an electric vehicle (EV). As you may have surmised, EVs do not need fuel. Like fuel, its battery can deliver high power of between 469 and 750 horsepower, depending on the trim level. It can deliver an acceleration of 0-60 within 2.4 seconds.
15. 2022 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
This wagon offers two types of transmissions; gas-only and plug-in-hybrid powertrains. Regardless of the car's powertrain, each runs on an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. This car uses a 325-hp twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 engine. If you are not impressed with this engine's power, you can install a certain version that can deliver 473 horsepower. If you are after fuel economy, getting the base 4 model version of this car would be best. The model earns fuel economy ratings of 18 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
14. 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain
This brand is a heavy car meant to be a luxury family cruiser; however, do not assume it is not a fun car to drive. You can drive this car at high speeds through the bends without worrying about instability. In case you did not infer what kind of car this is from its name, it can drive on all terrain types. For instance, if you intend to drive on slippery paths, you should switch to Off-Road mode. This drive mode raises the car's body and turns on hill-descent control.
13. 2022 Mini Cooper S Clubman
Although this car is more of a hatch than a wagon, it still retains the features of a wagon, such as its old-school wagon-like barn doors. The car uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers 301 horsepower. If its horsepower does not impress you, you can activate launch control to boost the car's acceleration further. Since the creators of this car prioritized performance, some people may not find it comfortable when driving over bumps. Nevertheless, its bolsters keep you planted on winding roads.
12. 2019 Skoda Octavia vRS
If you are looking for a fast and fun car, this is the wagon you should get. This car is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo engine which delivers a horsepower of 227. As for the driving comfort, the car has upgraded brakes, stiffened suspension, and electronic differential. Altogether, its components provide this car with an effective grip and agility. To further customize how it drives, you can turn on its driving mode. This mode sharpens the throttle response and adds weight to the steering.
11. 2022 Subaru WRX Sportwagon
Safety is one thing drivers consider, so this car meets that need as it is equipped with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. The technology is a collection of advanced collision avoidance and driving assistance systems. Some of the safety features included in the technology include lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and many more. The technology uses dual-color cameras, and they monitor traffic conditions. Due to the wide array of safety features, the technology has significantly reduced accidents. According to Subaru (https://www.subaru.com/eyesight.html), Eyesight has reduced rear-end crashes by up to 85%.
10. 2021 Alpina D3 S Touring
The car runs on a straight-six 3.0-liter engine that produces 350 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. As for its acceleration, it can do 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds. This car effortlessly racks up the miles on highways since its full amount of torque kicks in at a low 1,750 rpm. Since this car uses mild-hybrid technology, it aids in minimizing fuel consumption and offering an extra boost for low engine speeds while improving the throttle response.
9. 2020 BMW M340i xDrive Touring
In terms of aesthetics, this car delivers. First, it runs on grey 18-inch winter wheels. Depending on your driving angle, the wheels change color. For instance, if you are lucky to see the color of the wheels at sunset, you will notice that they resemble frozen grey paintwork. Other features that make this car visually pleasing are its kidney grille mesh design, the trapezoidal exhaust pipes at the rear, and its long roofline, which looks attractive from any angle.
8. 2022 VW Golf R SportWagen
This wagon uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that produces 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Its top speed is 168 mph when you use its optional R Performance Pack. As for acceleration, the car does 0-62 mph within 4.9 seconds. Its all-wheel-drive system differs from most cars since it is equipped with R Performance Torque Vectoring. The feature distributes the drive power between the front and rear axles and the left and right rear wheels.
7. 2022 Mercedes-AMG E63S Estate
The car is one of the best all-round performance cars you can buy. Its turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine delivers an acceleration of 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds. Based on its acceleration, the car may be too fast for some drivers. That means they would easily lose control of the vehicle. Luckily, you can switch to Drift Mode, which sends power to the rear wheels to achieve stability as you drive. If you are planning to drive on rough roads, switch to Comfort Mode. This mode sets the suspension to a softer setting.
6. 2020 Volkswagen Passat Variant
Although headlights are for safety, few people think of them as visually appealing. If you do not find them appealing, you will change your mind once you see this car's LED headlight. At night, the headlights emit bright, icy light. Besides being visually pleasing, they do not distract other road users by glaring light in one area. Instead, the headlights move the illumination around, allowing other road users to spot you without being blinded by your lights.
5. 2015 Toyota Avenis Wagon
This is the car to get if you are specifically looking for a front-wheel-drive wagon. Front-wheel drive systems are especially good for fuel economy. That is because it only powers the front wheels, which means it can save the remaining fuel it would otherwise have used to power the rest of the wheels. Besides being good for fuel economy, front-wheel drive maintains traction on slippery surfaces since the front control arms and bushings have good flex.
4. 2012 Toyota Fielder
There are two models of this car. First, there is one that uses a 4-cylinder DOHC 1.8L 2ZR-FAE engine, which produces 136 horsepower. The other one uses an inline 4-cylinder DOHC 1.5L engine which generates 110 horsepower. If you value speed, you may not like the car judging by the low horsepower of the two models. However, if you want more in terms of fuel economy and a relaxed driving experience, we highly recommend this car.
3. 2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon
Another car to get if you value safety is this car. This car is equipped with a series of autonomous driving and parking assistant features called DriveWise. The technology aims to eliminate any dangers and stresses of driving in heavy traffic. Some safety features under DriveWise are Highway Driving with Lane Change Assist, Intelligent Front Lighting System, Navigation-Based Smart Cruise Control, and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, to mention a few. Even though these features do what they can to minimize the accidents, you still need to remember that your driving technique actually saves your life.
2. 2022 Kia Niro
So far, this is Kia's smallest wagon. Despite its size, it is very powerful since it has hybrid powertrains. The default powertrain is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder combined with an electric motor to deliver 139 horsepower. You can opt for the plug-in hybrid version that can drive up to 26 miles on electric power before engaging the gasoline engine. This car offers stable rides on uneven roads. Occasionally, you may hear some impact noise going into the cabin when driving over certain bumps, so do not be alarmed.
1. 2022 Subaru Impreza
Here is yet another car for people who do not mind traveling with low power to capitalize on fuel economy. It uses a four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The amount of power is the same for this car's 5-speed manual and 7-speed CVT transmission versions. This car is revered for its near-perfect balance between ride and handling. Its steering is quick, which gives the car a strong sense of verve, and its body does not lean in turns. Another impressive feature of the car is its braking. For instance, it has an exemplary short stopping distance during emergency braking situations.
In general, people prefer the Subaru Outback due to its enormous space. Such people will be willing to overlook other features since space is the only thing they like about it. However, if you are overly analytical, you may not be satisfied with just its space. For instance, you may desire another more visually appealing or fuel-efficient wagon. Fortunately, this listicle features twenty such cars, so you are spoilt for choice as you learn about each of their characteristics. Choosing any of the twenty cars may be difficult. So, to simplify your decision, go with the safety features as a rule of thumb. Most cars have safety features, so you will go with the ones you like the most.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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