Subaru Outback vs. Volvo XC60 & Volvo XC90


Comparing New SUVs in New London, CT: See How the 2024 Subaru Outback Outshines the Volvo XC60 & XC90

Get seated in a new SUV that outshines the competition. When you think outside the box with the keys to a 2024 Subaru Outback, you get a roomy, capable, and safety-minded SUV ready for everyday errands around New London and New England travels along Coastal Connecticut. At Secor Subaru, we're here to show New London, CT SUV shoppers and Norwich families why the 2024 Subaru Outback is the superior choice over the Volvo XC60 and the Volvo XC90.

Size & Shape

Blending traits of a station wagon and an SUV, the Subaru Outback offers added practicality and a lifted ride height. A top-rated two-row mid-size SUV, the Subaru Outback is a rugged crossover with 9.5 inches of ground clearance, topping the Volvo XC60, a similarly sized mid-size SUV with two rows of seats and 9.0 inches of ground clearance, and the Volvo XC90, a three-row mid-size SUV with 8.8 inches of ground clearance. With a tighter turning radius of nearly two feet, the Subaru Outback is much easier to park in New London and Norwich than the Volvo XC90.


Fuel Economy

Earn higher fuel economy ratings running errands in Norwich with the Subaru Outback, rated for 26 city miles per gallon, compared to 23 and 22 mpg ratings in the Volvo XC60 and XC90, respectively. On US-1 and I-95, the Subaru Outback is also more fuel-efficient, earning 32 highway miles per gallon, topping ratings of 30 and 26 mpg in the XC60 and XC90, respectively.


Both the Subaru Outback and Volvo XC60 can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the Volvo XC90 has a towing rating between 4,000 and 5,000 pounds, depending on the powertrain.

Engines + AWD

The Subaru Outback gives New London, CT drivers two powertrain choices, with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine outputting 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, along with a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine packing 260 ponies and 277 pound-feet of torque. The Volvo XC60's B5 powertrain produces 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while its B6 powertrain achieves 295 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. A T5 and T6 powertrain in the Volvo XC90 deliver the same performance outputs.

All-wheel drive is included with the Volvo XC90 but is only an available feature for the Volvo XC60. The Subaru Outback counters with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and includes X-Mode to maximize off-road traction on New England trails compared to Volvo's SUVs.

Seating & Cargo Space

Accommodating Norwich travelers and most Connecticut families around New London, the Subaru Outback and Volvo XC60 seat five passengers. Up to seven fit in the Volvo XC90, which offers a max cargo volume of 86 cubic feet but only 13 cubic feet of storage. The Subaru Outback provides Connecticut families with 33 cubic feet of storage and a total cargo capacity of 76 cubic feet, with both figures topping the Volvo XC60 at 17 and 63 cubic feet, respectively.

Interior & Exterior Features

Interior Features

Both Volvo SUVs offer ventilated Nappa leather seats, a climate control system, a panoramic roof, and a crystal gear shifter. The Subaru Outback offers multiple upholstery options, including StarTex® water-repellent, leather-trimmed, and Nappa leather-trimmed seats. Mirroring the competition, there's also a power moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control for the Subaru Outback, which offers ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8-way power front passenger's seat, and a 10-way power driver's seat.

Exterior Features

With its hands-free Power Rear Gate, the Subaru Outback gives New London drivers an easier time loading and unloading their SUV. A power tailgate comes with the Volvo XC60, but the Volvo XC90 is missing this loading feature. Equipped with more rugged good looks and more purposeful features, the Subaru Outback offers high-capacity fixed roof rails, integrated tow points, extended lower cladding, all-terrain tires, and a superior off-road model, the Wilderness. Neither Volvo SUV can match these features.

The Subaru Outback's LED Steering Responsive Headlights are superior to the LED headlights in the XC60 and XC90. There are no metallic paint colors offered by the Volvo XC60 or Volvo XC90. The Subaru Outback offers multiple metallic finishes (Ice Silver and Magnetite Gray) and has a broader paint palette with 10 total options for New London, CT SUV shoppers.


Have seamless access to your smartphone heading down the shoreline of Coastal Connecticut with the Subaru Outback's wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. While Volvo's SUVs have Google built-in technology and offer Apple CarPlay®, this tech feature isn't wireless on the XC60 or XC90. The Subaru STARLINK® Multimedia Navigation system includes an 11.6-inch touchscreen that's larger than the 9-inch center displays in the Volvo XC60 and Volvo XC90. All three SUVs offer a Harman Kardon® premium audio system.


Enhanced EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is standard in the Subaru Outback, packaging Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, and Pre-Collision Throttle Management. In addition to offering Oncoming Lane Mitigation and a Lane Keeping Aid, both Volvo SUVs offer Adaptive Cruise Control but don't come with an advanced Lane Centering feature. The XC60 and XC90 can't match the Subaru Outback's Driver Focus® Distraction Mitigation System, designed to reduce distracted driving between New London and Norwich.

Subaru Outback vs. Volvo XC60/XC90 Trim Levels

Both Volvo SUVs offer Core, Plus, and Ultimate trims, with common high-end features including front seat ventilation, Harman Kardon® Premium Sound, and a graphical head-up display. The Touring is a top Subaru Outback trim packaging a power moonroof, ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, and Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery. The Subaru Outback offers more trim levels to Norwich SUV shoppers, who can choose from the Outback Base, Premium, Limited, Onyx Edition, Onyx Edition XT, Wilderness, Limited XT, Touring, or Touring XT.

Test Drive a New Subaru Outback in New London, CT

All Subaru Outback trim levels have lower starting prices than both the Volvo XC60 and Volvo XC90. Shop the new inventory at Secor Subaru to pick out your Subaru Outback model. Then contact your New London, CT Subaru dealer near Norwich to schedule your test drive in this new SUV.

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