Subaru Outback  vs Nissan Pathfinder 

Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

  • $32k
  • 3.6L
  • 17 city 25 hwy
Angle view of Subaru Outback
The Outback's exterior styling looks even sleeker for 2013 thanks to new headlights, a redesigned front bumper and a more prominent grille.
by KBB (May, 2013)

Nissan Pathfinder SL

  • $35k
  • 3.5L V6
  • 20 city 26 hwy
Front view of Nissan Pathfinder
In its second year, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder fits seamlessly into the new Nissan styling idiom of softly flowing lines and large chrome grille surrounds.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Outback vs Pathfinder

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Subaru Outback

Reasons to consider the
Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

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Slightly lower MSRP $32k vs $35k Around 10% cheaper sticker price
Front view of Nissan Pathfinder

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Saves on fuel $2,439 vs $2,741 More than 10% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Better city driving range 390 miles vs 314 miles Around 25% further in the city
Better highway driving range 507 miles vs 462 miles Around 10% further range on the interstate
Slightly higher EPA city mileage 20 MPG vs 17 MPG Around 20% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$32,095 18.6¢/mile Subaru Outback
Nissan Pathfinder $35,250 16.6¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Subaru Outback is cheaper (per year) for infrequent and average drivers, but the Nissan Pathfinder is cheaper for heavy drivers due to its cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Subaru Outback Nissan Pathfinder
Price $6,419 ($32,095) $7,050 ($35,250)
Fuel $2,795 (3,776 gallons) $2,487 (3,361 gallons)
City 17 MPG 20 MPG
Highway 25 MPG 26 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Outback  vs Pathfinder 

Exterior styling updates like new headlights, grille, front bumper and fog lights combine to give the new Outback a more rugged look.
Outback 3.6R Limited

The sole transmission is a CVT automatic.
Pathfinder SL

With 8.7 inches of ground clearance-more even than competitors like the macho Jeep Grand Cherokee-the Subaru is almost unparalleled in off-road agility.
Outback 3.6R Limited


8.0 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Outback  vs
Brand Subaru Nissan
Model year 2014 2014
City range 314 miles 390 miles
Highway range 462 miles 507 miles
MSRP $32k $35k
Annual cost $9,160 $9,489

power & handling

Max torque 247 ft-lb @ 4,400 RPM 240 ft-lb @ 4,400 RPM
Max HP 256 HP @ 6,000 RPM 260 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 14.25 lb/hp 16.24 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 feet 38.7 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 9 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system Optional, $1,609 Optional, $1,850


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,445 N/A
Navigation system Optional, $2,745 Optional, $0
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Optional, $335 Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard

engine & drivetrain

Outback  vs
Engine size 3.6L 3.5L
Air compressor None None
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Continuously-variable
Transmission 5-speed Automatic 4x4 Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.4 in Ventilated Disc 12.6 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.42 in Ventilated Disc 12.13 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 225 235
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60 65

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A Standard
Rear sensor N/A Standard
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 71.7 in 77.2 in
Front track width 61 in 65.7 in
Height 65.8 in 69.6 in
Ground clearance 8.7 in 7 in
Length 189 in 197.2 in
Wheelbase 107.9 in 114.2 in
Curb weight 3,648 lb 4,223 lb
GVWR 4,695 5,913
Tow weight 3,000 5,000
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 7
Front seat room 57 ft³ 63 ft³
Rear seat room 48 ft³ 57 ft³
Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited
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