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#5699395 - 04/14/15 11:22 AM Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback
Jordan249 Offline
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Registered: 07/19/13
Posts: 45
Hello everyone!

So I'm in the process of trading in my 1992 F150 4x4 and my 2002 Acura RSX Type S to consolidate insurance payments and reduce repair costs either buy a 2014 F150 Crew cab 4x4 or a 2015 Subaru Outback. Although comparing these vehicles is like comparing apples to oranges, I wanted to get some thoughts since it will be both my daily driver and weekend hunting transportation. One big hurdle I have is the stigma of owning a Subaru (not going into details on that, you all know what it means lol).

Luckily, I'm only 5'5 so I am able to sleep in the back of both vehicles, they both have about the same ground clearance (F150 has .6 inches more), will tow anything that I ever plan on towing (small pop up), and are about the same cost to buy new. Obviously the F150 is roomier and has a bed for hauling, but the outback does get 25/33 mpg while the F150 gets 14/19 with 4x4, crewcab, 5.0 and the Outback does have a tow hitch and roof rack for cargo. I work in fleet and our data shows that the 5.0 actually gets better MPG than the ecoboost, and the ecoboost costs more and has more parts to repair so a 5.0 is the decision there.

Anything I'm missing? Overall, for the $70-$100 in gas savings per month, the Outback is the clear winner but is it worth losing my man card? Thoughts from fellow hunters?


Edited by Jordan249 (04/14/15 11:30 AM)

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#5699545 - 04/14/15 12:33 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: Jordan249]
spg Offline
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Keep your man card. By American. You can sleep in your pop-up. Never heard of a Subaru Outback. I imagine you'll get a better re-sale value on the Ford.

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#5699552 - 04/14/15 12:38 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: Jordan249]
redchevy Offline
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Id bet the fuel mileage of eco vs. 5.0 varies with driving habits. Most people drive the carp out of company vehicles. The 3.5 will outperform and out drink the 5.0 when power is called upon.

Have you considered the 2.7 ecoboost? it is rated up to 27 hwy. How about a full size v-6? The dodge 3.6 or 3.7 whatever it is pentastar is rated at 25 or so. Honesty if what your going to tow can be towed by the Subaru your wasting money and fuelmilleage on the v-8.

How about a mid size truck? The GM canyon/Colorado is rated close to 30 mpg and will do all you say and still have a bed.

Just thoughts.
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#5699604 - 04/14/15 01:01 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: spg]
BOBO the Clown Offline
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Originally Posted By: spg
Keep your man card. By American. You can sleep in your pop-up. Never heard of a Subaru Outback. I imagine you'll get a better re-sale value on the Ford.


It it's actually the opposite. Outback has really high resale it's like the toyota taco resale wise

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#5699609 - 04/14/15 01:03 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: Jordan249]
Jordan249 Offline
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Registered: 07/19/13
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With the seats down, I surprisingly fit. With most other people this would not be the case.

The other side to the Ecoboost is the repair costs, because then you have turbos, cooler lines, intercooler, intercooler piping, etc...

You make a good point on the 2.7; however, the cost to get one of the 2015s is about $10k more which puts me out of my price range.

I've never cared for Chrysler, and the Colorado starts at about $32k for a 4 door 4x4. But I never thought of that until you mentioned it as I put midsized vehicles into an odd segment.

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#5699762 - 04/14/15 02:28 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: Jordan249]
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My MIL just got rid of her 3 year old Outback, it needed $2700 worth of parts and labor to fix a defective front strut that damaged the sway bar and front drive axle.

Never seen all terrain or mud terrains on an Outback, that would be cool. We had a guy on our old lease that had an Outback. We hunted around Ranger, very rocky area, he would park it at the front gate and bum a ride to camp.
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#5699908 - 04/14/15 04:11 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: Jordan249]
TxAg Offline
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Registered: 01/15/07
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It all comes down to what you need to use it for, especially where payload and towing are concerned. For me, it's a no-brainer as I often have 1k lbs plus in the bed along with a fully-stocked tool box. Will you ever need to haul 3+ big coolers for a mountain elk hunt? Will you ever need to go make a feed run? Is there possibly an ATV or UTV in your future that would need to be hauled or trailered? How about hauling stands/feeders/tripods/blinds? That truck bed sure is handy for stuff like that.

Subis have their place but dedicated ranch and hunting vehicles they are not.
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#5700285 - 04/14/15 08:15 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: Jordan249]
Wilhunt Offline
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Get the truck, be happy

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#5700409 - 04/14/15 09:40 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: Jordan249]
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Registered: 07/22/09
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Sounds like a Tacoma is perfect for you!

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#5700444 - 04/14/15 10:03 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: bbqfan5909]
BOBO the Clown Offline
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Registered: 04/19/07
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Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: bbqfan5909
Sounds like a Tacoma is perfect for you!


Hard to agrue that. And I'm a ford guy.

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#5700637 - 04/15/15 06:41 AM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: Jordan249]
hetman Offline
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Registered: 02/15/15
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I have had 2 of the new 5.0 Fords a 12 & 14 only traded the 12 to get a 14 4x4 loved both of them. it will take at least 5k miles to break in the 5.0 motor and start getting decent mileage. I have 6k on my 4x4 ( 15 around town & 19 hwy)
the 2 WHD 12 I had was a little faster and would do 21mpg on the hwy. they are both supercrew(4 door) very nice to take trips in.
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#5700640 - 04/15/15 06:46 AM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Get the truck-$ for mileage over a year vs. having a truck, truck wins.

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#5700803 - 04/15/15 09:18 AM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: Jordan249]
DuckCoach1985 Offline
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Chevrolet/GMC. There are no other options.
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#5701148 - 04/15/15 12:40 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: spg
Keep your man card. By American. You can sleep in your pop-up. Never heard of a Subaru Outback. I imagine you'll get a better re-sale value on the Ford.


It it's actually the opposite. Outback has really high resale it's like the toyota taco resale wise
American nameplates cannot touch the Japs on resale. In this case for me I would go with a pickup but it would not be a Ford.

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#5701266 - 04/15/15 01:56 PM Re: Decision On A New Vehicle: F150 Vs Outback [Re: Stump_jumper]
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Registered: 04/19/07
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Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Stump_jumper
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: spg
Keep your man card. By American. You can sleep in your pop-up. Never heard of a Subaru Outback. I imagine you'll get a better re-sale value on the Ford.


It it's actually the opposite. Outback has really high resale it's like the toyota taco resale wise
American nameplates cannot touch the Japs on resale. In this case for me I would go with a pickup but it would not be a Ford.


sad but true. Ford is a ford though just like dodge is a dodge and 1/2 ton is a 1/2 and 3/4 is a 3/4 ton. About compermise between buying what you need and think you need

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