2017 Volvo V60

2017 Subaru Outback

Those looking for a vehicle somewhere between a small luxury sedan and a compact crossover, are in luck-the 2017 Volvo V60 is a wagon that overwhelmingly stands out from the pack. Of course its rival, the 2017 Subaru Outback, is certainly a strong competitor, but it lacks in the performance department, and looks rather bare-bones in terms of amenities. See how the two compare for yourself-and if you find that you want to try out that the new Volvo V60, you can find it at Bill Pearce Volvo.

Performance and MPG

Both the 2017 Volvo V60 and the 2017 Subaru Outback have two engine options to choose from, but in both cases, the Volvo wagon wins outright in terms of performance and fuel economy. It starts with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder machine that produces a generous 240-hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, which is all harnessed by an eight-speed automatic transmission to achieve an EPA-estimated rating of 36 mpg highway. The same engine is used on the Volvo V60 T6 AWD R-Design model, but output jumps to 302-hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. And in spite of the power boost, this powertrain still nets you 31 mpg highway.

Meanwhile, the base Outback engine is a 2.5L horizontally opposed four-cylinder, which musters only 175-hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque via its continuously variable transmission. What's more, it only manages a mileage rating of 32 mpg highway. The secondary engine option for the Subaru wagon is a 3.6L horizontally opposed six-cylinder that produces a mere 256-hp and 247 lb.-ft. of torque, and fuel economy falls to 27 mpg highway, according to EPA estimates. So regardless of your engine preference, you'll be better served by the 2017 Volvo V60.


Whether you go with the 2017 Volvo V60 or the 2017 Subaru Outback, you can expect 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, and automatic headlights as standard features. However, the Volvo wagon comes much more generously equipped from the start, with features like:

  • A sunroof
  • An eight-speaker stereo system
  • Volvo's Sensus Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch central display screen
  • 40/20/40-split folding back seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

The Subaru Outback, on the other hand, has only a four-speaker audio system on its introductory trim, and its back seat splits 60/40, so the space is much less customizable between passengers and cargo. What's more, it doesn't offer a sunroof at all, and it doesn't get dual-zone automatic climate control until the second trim level. So if you want a fully loaded model, the 2017 Volvo V60 is the way to go.

Decide on the 2017 Volvo V60 at Bill Pearce Volvo

The 2017 Volvo V60 clearly comes out ahead of the competition, but ultimately, it's up to you to decide if it's a winner in your book. You can try one out for yourself near Sparks or Incline Village at Bill Pearce Volvo, located at 11555 S. Virginia St. in Reno, NV. As always, feel free to give us a call if we can be of any help!

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