Originally Posted by JustyWRC
Well, the only cars I consider "competition" with the Outback are the Crosstour
, the Venza, and the Edge. Most everything else is more expensive. ...
I always considered the Venza more expensive. Looking closer, it's almost 25% more expensive, in general. Edge and Crosstour aren't really in the ballpark, to me. Edge AWD's starting price 40% higher than Outback and Crosstour AWD's almost 50%! (These are 2012 numbers.)
Outback AWD MSRP range $23,295 - $31,695
Venza AWD MSRP range $28,875 - $37,915
Edge AWD MSRP range $32,930 - $38,960
Crosstour AWD MSRP range $34,440 - $36,540
Take AWD out of the equation, and Outback's still considerably cheaper, even with standard AWD... something like 20% cheaper than the cheapest Venza, IIRC.
If you can afford Venza, Edge or Crosstour, I can see cross-shopping Outback to save some serious money. Same reason Subaru appeals to some Euro-brand owners.