Ford Edge vs. Subaru Outback

lauraloolauraloo Posts: 2,121Registered Users
My mom is in the market for a car and is mostly interested in the Ford Edge or a Subaru Outback. She is looking to spend $20,000 max on a used car. Does anyone have any experience with either one of these cars?
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    Not with the Outback, but I used to have a Subaru and I looooooved it. I would definitely buy another if I could find one that would fit my whole family and the occasional carpool.
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  • kenzie!kenzie! Posts: 5,055Registered Users
    The Edge needs to be tried out before it's bought. It has some funky seat/steering wheel/pedal spacing.

    Me, my mom, and my dad all sat in it, and it was a strain to reach the pedals and wheel even when the seat was as far forward as possible. And everyone in my family is tall--I'm 5'10", my mom is 6' even, and my dad is 6'1"
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  • charlesallencharlesallen Posts: 6Registered Users
    I am a big fan of FORD since my teenage when my dad had a Ford F-350. We really had some great time with this machine and even now I had a Ford Mustang so my vote would go to Ford Edge. Not had an experience of riding it but I am sure that it will be another master piece by FORD.
  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    Does she need it for snow? Sorry I don't remember where you live, but I think it was somewhere snowy.

    The subarus are generally great in the snow. I want to say they're all wheel drive (which is different than 4 wheel drive), and that's why they're so great in snow. Everyone I know who has gotten a subaru, even if they didn't like it before getting it, loooooved their car.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    The only Ford I would have is the Stang... :dontknow:

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    Ford has improved their reliability a whole lot in the last couple of years, but for a car old enough to cost under $2000, a Japanese car is probably going to be in better shape. My DH, who's been in the auto parts business a long time, says that it's hard to find aftermarket parts for Subies -- you have to go to the dealer, which costs more. Still, I would probably vote for the Subaru.
  • missbanjomissbanjo Posts: 3,088Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have a 2002 Outback and absolutely love it. We'll probably drive it until it falls apart. The AWD is really good for snow and any wet weather in general. We'll be replacing our Jetta one day when Subaru offers the diesel line in the US. Hopefully sooner rather than later, the Jetta is falling apart (on the inside anyway) and it isn't AWD or 4WD so sucks for winter in the mountains.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,724Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    Ford Edge (of course I only buy American cars made for American companies made by UAW workers so it's an easy choice for me). Plus I think it's pretty cool.
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  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    After my accident I was pretty much looking at the Ford Edge (espically since my previous truck was the Ford Escape) or the Mazada CX-7/CX-9. Once I test drove the Edge, I didn't like it as much. The positioning of the consol and the instrument panel was weird (who puts the buttons for the seat warmer on the driver side door?!?!?). I test drove the Mazada CX-7 and the CX-9 and they were hands down winners. I ended up getting the CX-9.

    Tell your mom to look at the Ford Escapes...they are priced in her range for used cars (under $20k) and she might be able to get a newer one.
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  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    My in-laws have a Subaru Forrester, and I know several people who have slightly older Outbacks, and and I've never heard a bad word about them. They do fabulously in the snow, and the ride in the Forrester is smooooooooooooooooooooooth.

    Then again, you couldn't pay me to drive a Ford, so there's some bias working here.
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