Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Subaru Outback VS 2014 Jeep Grand Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Subaru Outback

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2014 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the EyeSight™ System optional in the Outback as “Superior.” The Grand Cherokee scores only 2 points, and is rated only “Advanced.”

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Outback. But it costs extra on the Grand Cherokee.

The Outback Premium/Limited’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Outback and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Subaru Outback is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:


Grand Cherokee



5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Compression

18 lbs.

33 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

83/125 lbs.

321/349 lbs.



5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.9 inches

Neck Compression

92 lbs.

97 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

323/20 lbs.

340/145 lbs.

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

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, results indicate that the Subaru Outback is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:


Grand Cherokee

Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.5 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

113 G’s

182 G’s

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

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outback its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 29 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Grand Cherokee has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Outback’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Grand Cherokee runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Outback have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Subaru Outback 6 cyl.’s reliability will be 101% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 and the Subaru Outback 4 cyl. is 82% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Subaru vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Subaru 15th in reliability. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the Outback lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability (That’s why Porsche uses boxer engines.). The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Outback 3.6R 6 cyl. gets better highway fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee 4x4 V6 (17 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Subaru Outback uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Grand Cherokee with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Outback stops shorter than the Grand Cherokee:


Grand Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

137 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Outback has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Outback flat and controlled during cornering. The Grand Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For greater off-road capability the Outback has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Grand Cherokee (8.7 vs. 8.6 inches), allowing the Outback to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Subaru Outback may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1250 to 1800 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Outback has .9 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Grand Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Outback has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat folded (71.3 vs. 68.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

Optional Aha Smartphone Integration for the Outback Premium/Limited allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Outback owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Outback will cost $85 to $1625 less than the Grand Cherokee over a five-year period.

The Outback will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Outback will retain 55.84% to 56.88% of its original price after five years, while the Grand Cherokee only retains 44.96% to 55.6%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outback is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the Outback than the Grand Cherokee, including $431 less for an alternator, $81 less for front brake pads, $6 less for a starter, $320 less for a fuel pump and $532 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Subaru Outback will be $7355 to $19401 less than for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Recommendations Comparison

The Subaru Outback has won recognition from these important consumer publications:


Grand Cherokee

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

Top Pick

Kiplinger’s Awards



Motor Trend selected the Outback as their 2010 Sport Utility of the Year. The Grand Cherokee has never been chosen.

The Outback was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 10 years. The Grand Cherokee has never been an “All Star.”

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