Subaru Outback in Madison, WI

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Which Subaru Outback Crossover SUV is Right for You?

Shopping for the precise SUV that suits your unique needs could be a daunting task. The crossover SUV segment, in particular, is expanding in popularity and size, and it can sometimes be difficult to weed through your options in order to find the one that best the complements your lifestyle, without exceeding your budget. And if you're searching for something family-friendly that acts as sporty as it looks, you're pretty much looking for a needle in a haystack -- unless you're scrolling through this webpage! Here, we've compiled the entire selection of affordable Subaru Outback wagons here at Don Miller Subaru East, so you can shop for your capable crossover wagon from the comfort of home - before you visit the dealership.

The Outback is an icon on the off-road vehicle market, and it's not even an exclusively "off-road vehicle" per se. This wagon-like SUV is tuned for road comfort as well as all-terrain capability. If your family likes to go camping or hiking, exploring the wilderness from the inside out, then the Outback is the crossover for you. Thanks to a high ride height, standard all-wheel drive, exemplary safety scores, and refreshing visibility, the Outback can take you further than you ever thought possible in a "family vehicle." This isn't one of those bare-bones athletes either. There are plenty of creature comforts and advanced safety features to make the Outback an ideal daily driver, not just a weekend adventure companion.

The Subaru Outback vs the Honda Pilot

Now that you know about the new Subaru Outback, it's time to see how this new compact crossover wagon compares against the top competition here in Madison, WI. Automobile Magazine recently published an article detailing the differences between the latest version of the Subaru Outback and the newest Honda Pilot, which went relatively unchanged for the new year. While both of these crossovers differ slightly in size, you'll find the Subaru Outback proves more versatile, with lots of capability for your next big adventure. Read on, fill out our finance application and check out the new Subaru Outback at Don Miller Subaru East. We're just 10 minutes outside of Sun Prairie, WI.

Subaru Outback vs the Honda Pilot

Automobile Magazine pointed out several areas in which the Subaru Outback comes out on top. The Honda Pilot does offer more seating, with space for up to eight, and both crossovers carry high ratings for their safety. However, the Subaru Outback stands out in a number of crucial ways that Waunakee customers may notice:

  • Ground Clearance: the Outback sits at 8.7 inches off the ground, more than what's recommended for safety in the great outdoors. The Passport falls a bit short, offering 7.5 inches of ground clearance with FWD models.
  • All-Wheel-Drive: While both crossovers offer all-wheel-drive, the Outback simplifies things with standard Subaru Symmetrical AWD and X-Mode® to enhance the system. The Passport comes available with all-wheel-drive but features FWD standard with no comparable feature to X-Mode®.
  • Equipment: The Outback offers a standard roof rack that is convertible and holds up to 150 lbs. of equipment. Roof rails come available on the Passport, but a rack must be purchased as an accessory.
  • Powertrain: Automobile Mag pointed out the Outback's available turbocharged Subaru BOXER® engine and how much extra pep it gives this crossover. While the Passport's standard engine is not slow, but it does feel a bit lethargic at times, thanks to the transmission.

Like we said, you can take in our entire inventory of Outbacks for sale in Madison via this webpage. Be sure to save your favorites for when you visit our Subaru dealership in Madison for a test drive. Our facility is centrally located for Waunakee, Sun Prairie and Watertown, WI area drivers, so we make sure we always have a sizeable selection of Outback models in stock to keep up with our wide customer base.

Compare the Subaru Outback to Competition like the Honda Passport

Being able to decide which SUV option is truly right for you does mean taking a look at how it compares against other vehicles. You're able to see up close and read about all the highlights of the Outback, but what does it do against the competition? At Don Miller Subaru East, it's our goal to help Madison drivers get some answers.

One common model that the Subaru Outback is compared to is the Honda Passport. There are similarities, but there's also many differences. We are sure when you explore the advantages of the Outback, you'll see it's the right choice for you. It's why we've put together this detailed comparison so you can make an informed choice about your next purchase.

Performance and Capability

With each one of these models, people assess their capability. Under the hood, it's no secret that the Passport has quite a powerful option, one that does provide more power by the numbers than the Outback. However, the Outback's standout 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine offers standout driving and smoothness, and there is an option to get more power that will equal the Passport's should you choose.

Where you're going to find the difference is in areas like ground clearance. The Outback, like all other Subaru vehicles has 8.7-inches of ground clearance compared to the Honda Passport's 8.1. That might seem like a small difference, but every inch counts when you're on the road. Both have all-wheel drive systems, and with the Outback you know with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, it's built to provide you with a responsive and smooth ride, while it also has features like X-Mode to help you on slippery surfaces like snow, mud, or dirt, as well as available hill descent control, the latter of which the Passport lacks.

Interior Space, Size and Technology

Both these SUV options have space onboard for you, your passengers and supplies. What you will find is that when it comes to comforts and a smooth ride that has upscale feel, the Outback has the edge over the Honda Passport. What the Passport might have in slightly bigger passenger volume, the Outback isn't far behind, and given that there's many different seating surfaces available, front and rear heated seat options, an available 11.6-inch touch display and easy to use layout, you're going to enjoy the ride.

In addition to the comfort, there's driver assistance technology that has routinely given the Subaru Outback and other Subaru vehicles here in our dealership serving Waunakee, Sun Prairie and Watertown, WI peace of mind. This includes standard Subaru EyeSight® which monitors what's in front of you and will alert and stop the vehicle if it senses you need to brake. There's also blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control settings all available across multiple trims on the new Outback.

Final Verdict? The Subaru Outback Comes Out on Top

Take all the comparison points we've given you and consider that comparably equipped Outback models start at a lower price and have had years of demonstrating their road capability for all different people and lifestyles, and it becomes clear that it is the choice for those in Madison!

The Newest Subaru Outback Brings Adventure-Ready Feature and Comforts to Madison Wi Drivers

The Subaru Outback is designed to be driven. Not content to sit in a garage all day, the Subaru Outback brings adventurous features, capable performance, and of course the interior comforts that you'll love even while running errands around town in Watertown WI. You'll love how easily the new Subaru Outback fits in to your family here in Wisconsin and beyond.

Standard All-Wheel Drive and X-Mode for Adaptable Traction

As a crossover SUV with standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, the Subaru Outback ensures that you get to enjoy stability and a premier level of traction control throughout your travels around Sun Prairie and beyond. This extends to hill conditions and slopes, incorporating standard X-Mode with Hill Descent Control so that no moment catches you off guard.

Immersive Technology for Entertainment and Safety

Each and every new Subaru Outback in Waunakee comes standard with the STARLINK™ infotainment system with two screens so you can have everything you need, right in view. You'll be able to stay connected and charged all day long with standard features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Bluetooth, a USB port and more. You can upgrade this system to feature a larger 11.6-inch vertically-oriented touchscreen, voice-activated controls, hands-free text messaging, navigation, and more for your life in Wisconsin.

Another favorite feature of the Subaru Outback is that you get the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology included standard. EyeSight® brings you forward collision warning, pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and sway warning. Additional safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, LED steering responsive headlights, reverse automatic braking, and automatic high beams. Plus, new for this year, is the availability of the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation system that will remind you to keep your eyes on the road, and let you know when it's time to stop for coffee.


With two SUBARU BOXER® engine options, you can enjoy a mix of dependable efficiency and riveting performance throughout your travels around Sun Prairie. The base engine is a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter flat-four, though you do have the option of adding a 260-horsepower turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four. You'll love how these engines provide the agility and power that you are looking for when you set out from home on your next adventure.

The Subaru Outback is a Certified Top 10 Vehicle for Dog Lovers

Say you live around the Waunakee area and need a vehicle to carry both your family and your lovable dog to Lake Mendota. The Subaru Outback provides a comfortable environment for dogs to experience adventures both big and small. The Subaru Outback is listed as one of the "10 Best Cars for Dog Lovers", according to Autotrader.

At Don Miller Subaru East, we welcome you to come in and discover why Subaru provides safety and well-being for the dog. In addition, the mission of the Subaru Outback is to improve the lives of dogs and pets nationwide.

Caring for the Dog near Sun Prairie

Inside the Subaru Outback, a spacious cabin awaits both you and your four-legged friends. The new Outback features large rear doors and low cargo floors to allow any size dog to relax in the vehicle's back with comfort.

As it happens, the Subaru Outback features 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. If you rather opt for maximum space for your dog and supplies, folding the rear seats down opens up space to 75.7 cubic feet of space. So no matter if you have a small Corgi or a Big Mastiff or German Shepherd, the Outback will easily accommodate the dog with comfort in the Watertown, WI area.

Superior Protection for the Whole Family

The new Subaru Outback uses high-strength steel for enhanced safety in the event of a crash. The steel is designed for long last quality, with the interior featuring eight airbags and height-adjustable head restraints. Furthermore, a ring-shaped frame reinforces the body to provide full impact protection for both human and canine occupants.

Test Drive the new Subaru Outback Today

Contact us today to schedule a test drive in one of our Subaru Outback models. Our team looks forward to you and your dog experience all of what the new Subaru Outback has to offer. Our dealership proudly serves the Madison, WI.

We encourage you to explore the rest of our new Subaru inventory to see if any of the other surefooted Subarus fit your needs. And when you visit us, be sure to book an appointment with one of our professional financial consultants to go over your money-saving Subaru Outback lease options as well. Feel free to reach out to our staff at 877-257-3233 with questions.