2011 Du­rango Crew and 2010 Subaru Out­back

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Bot­tom line: The most re­li­able wheeled way to move through ice and snow is with all-wheel drive or four­wheel drive. Snow tires and other win­ter-trac­tion de­vices, such as tire chains, help im­prove driv­abil­ity in heavy snow. The use of com­mon sense is a must. For ex­am­ple, an un­plowed street laden with three feet of snow most likely is im­pass­able for a ve­hi­cle with a five-inch ground clear­ance, re­gard­less of win­ter­trac­tion ware. Also, a ve­hi­cle doesn’t have trac­tion on ice. No trac­tion is a driv­ing dis­as­ter, re­gard­less of the cost, pres­tige or technology of your ve­hi­cle. Fi­nally, dec­la­ra­tions of “snow emer­gency” are made to get parked ve­hi­cles off streets. The ab­sence of parked ve­hi­cles fa­cil­i­tates plow­ing and other post-storm cleanup. Here’s hop­ing that New York City of­fi­cials reac­quaint them­selves with the proper use of snow-emer­gency dec­la­ra­tions. Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: The 2011 rear-wheel-drive Du­rango Crew gets ex­cel­lent marks in all three on dry roads. It gets parked in snow and ice. The 2010 Subaru Out­back 2.5i is de­cent in all three on dry roads. It is a su­pe­rior per­former, even su­pe­rior to sub­stan­tially more ex­pen­sive all-wheel-drive ve­hi­cles, in se­vere win­ter weather. Changes for 2011: The 2011 Subaru Out­back Limited 2.5i is vir­tu­ally un­changed from the 2010 model. The 2011 Du­rango Crew has been to­tally re­designed. The Du­rango is now a work of more car-like unit-body con­struc­tion, as op­posed to the truck-based body-on-frame con­struc­tion of pre­de­ces­sor mod­els. It has a new, more pow­er­ful V-6 (80 more horse­power than the pre­de­ces­sor model). It’s also avail­able with an op­tional V-8, as well as with all-wheel-drive or ded­i­cated four-wheel drive. Stan­dard en­gines/trans­mis­sions: The 2011 Du­rango Crew driven for this col­umn comes with a 3.6-liter, 24-valve, dou­ble over­head-cam V-6 with vari­able valve lift and tim­ing (290 horse­power, 260 foot-pounds of torque). It is linked to a five-speed trans­mis­sion that can be op­er­ated au­to­mat­i­cally or man­u­ally. The 2010 Subaru Out­back Limited 2.5i used for this col­umn has a 2.5liter, 16-valve, in­line four-cylin­der en­gine with vari­able valve lift and tim­ing (170 horse­power, 170 foot­pounds of torque). It is linked to a con­tin­u­ously vari­able (no fixed gears) au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. Ca­pac­i­ties: The Du­rango Crew seats seven when the third row is raised. The Out­back Limited 2.5i seats five. Max­i­mum cargo ca­pac­ity with the mid­dle-and third-row seats folded is 71.3 cu­bic feet in the Out­back Limited 2.5i. The Du­rango Crew of­fers 84.5 cu­bic feet. The Du­rango Crew vastly over­pow­ers the Out­back Limited in tow­ing ca­pac­ity— 7,400 pounds for the Du­rango com­pared with 2,700 pounds for the Out­back. Both ve­hi­cles run on reg­u­lar gaso­line (18.5-gal­lon tank for the Out­back, 24.6 gal­lons for the Du­rango). Mileage: The Du­rango Crew av­er­ages 22 miles per gal­lon city­high­way. The Out­back Limited gets a com­bined 23 mpg. Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment on the 2011 Du­rango Crew in­cludes four­wheel disc brakes (ven­ti­lated front/solid rear) with an­tilock pro­tec­tion; elec­tronic brake force dis­tri­bu­tion; elec­tronic sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol. The 2010/2011 Subaru Out­back Limited 2.5i also gets four-wheel disc brakes with an­tilock pro­tec­tion, and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol. Both ve­hi­cles are equipped with side and head air bags. Prices: The base price for the 2011 Subaru Out­back 2.5i is $28,895. Dealer’s in­voice price is $26,730. Price as tested is $29,225, in­clud­ing a $725 des­ti­na­tion charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $27,455. The base price for the 2011 rear­wheel-drive Dodge Du­rango Crew sport-util­ity ve­hi­cle $29,195. Dealer’s in­voice price on that model is $27,737. Price as tested is $33,195, in­clud­ing an $850 des­ti­na­tion charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $31,377.

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