Many shoppers in the Dayton, OH area are trying to decide which AWD vehicle works best for them. For Ohio winters, AWD is a very helpful feature that helps drivers stay in control during snow and rain. But what vehicle is the best overall option? Many drivers in Troy and Dayton are comparing Volvo vs Subaru for their AWD options, whether they be wagons, crossovers, or larger SUVs.

Here, we're going to compare several Volvo vehicles vs Subaru Outback to help our Centerville, OH customers decide which of these popular vehicles is best for not only tackling Ohio winters, but overall as a long-term vehicle or lease. At Volvo Cars Dayton, part of Evans Motorworks, we pride ourselves on answering our customers' questions and providing honest, professional service. If you've been shopping for a new AWD vehicle, you'll want to read our comparison below to help you decide between a new Volvo or Subaru.

Volvo vs Subaru - AWD Wagons & Crossovers

When it comes to a history of producing high-performing wagons and crossovers with AWD, Volvo and Subaru are two of the most well-known brands on the market. But there are very important differences between Volvo and Subaru vehicles. Of course, since Volvo is a true luxury brand, there will generally be a difference in price between Volvo and Subaru. However, that price difference nets Miami Valley buyers more luxury features, a more dynamic driving experience, and Volvo's reputation for safety and reliability.

Now, let's compare a couple specific vehicles from Volvo to the Subaru Outback.

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Volvo vs Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback has long been one of Subaru's most popular vehicles. Originally using a more traditional wagon form factor, it now more resembles a small crossover. For some, this was a great change. For those who preferred a more traditional wagon style, the new Outback can be too large. Let's look at some of the Volvo vehicles in Dayton that most closely compare to the Outback.


Volvo V60 Cross Country vs Subaru Outback

The Volvo V60 is completely redesigned for 2020, and an AWD wagon with everything that Troy drivers are looking for. The Subaru Outback was also redesigned for 2020, so both the Volvo and Subaru offer the latest in technology.

As a luxury vehicle, the Volvo V60 Cross Country comes with more standard luxury features, like leather interior, a better sound system, panoramic sunroof, hands-free tailgate, and more. Its base engine is also significantly more powerful than the standard engine in the Outback, though an upgrade is available.


Volvo V90 Cross Country vs Subaru Outback

The V90 Cross Country is the V60's big brother, offering a larger cabin for more utility and passenger room. With as much passenger room as larger crossovers, the V90 Cross Country is a strong performer.

Aside from being larger than the V60, the Volvo V90 Cross Country is also much more powerful than both the compact V60 and the Subaru Outback. Coming standard with a turbo and supercharged 2.0l engine, the V90 Cross Country puts out over 300 horsepower. It also comes with a wealth of standard safety features, and is available with an automatic parking system.


Volvo XC60 vs Subaru Outback

The XC60 is Volvo's most popular vehicle in the Dayton, OH area, and for good reason. The first Volvo SUV we've looked at in this list, the Volvo XC60 provides greater utility than its wagon counterparts, and is probably the most direct comparison to the Subaru Outback.

The Volvo XC60 has two main engine options, the 250 horsepower turbo from the V60, and the 316 horsepower engine from the V90. There is also a T8 engine that adds electric motors for impressive power. Like the other Volvo vehicles, leather interior is standard, but the XC60 also gets a 12.3-inch digital driver display, advanced safety features, and all the other luxury touches that Dayton owners expect from a Volvo.


Compared to the Subaru Outback, the XC60 comes standard with FWD, rather than AWD, which is an option. Pricing on the base XC60 is similar to a well-equipped Outback, and both are very capable in typical Ohio weather.

Shopping Subaru Outback in Dayton? Try Volvo's AWD Vehicles

Have you been shopping for a vehicle that comes standard with AWD? Subaru has built its reputation on its AWD vehicles, but Volvo's luxury options offer more standard features and similar performance. While the Subaru Outback has a lower starting price than the Volvo models on this list, at higher trim levels the prices can be comparable.

So which of the vehicles discussed is right for you? The next step is to test drive them for yourself at Volvo Cars Dayton. We have a great selection of AWD Volvo models for our Dayton and Troy customers to try out, so you can decide whether a luxury Volvo or more mainstream Subaru is right for you.

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