Subaru Outback or Volkswagen Jetta: Which Car is Better for Getting Around Eastern Pennsylvania?

Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Jetta are both cars with proven histories of being some of the most reliable out there. Subaru Outback, on the one hand, is a modern crossover with the versatility of a wagon and the capability of an SUV, with two decades-plus of adventure tradition behind it and a many-times-demonstrated reputation for off-road prowess. VW Jetta, on the other, is a capable compact sedan, a bit longer-lived, exceptionally dependable, loaded with safety tech and driver-assist features, and well-equipped in-cabin. Which is the right choice for your travels here in the Bethlehem area? You're in luck. The experts here at Faulkner Subaru Bethlehem have made it a lot easier to compare them and figure out the answer.

Subaru Outback vs. Volkswagen Jetta

  • The entire Subaru Outback line except for the 3.6R Limited trim features a powerful 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER engine that can produce 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The 1.4-liter TSI engine in Volkswagen Jetta can only deliver up to 147 horsepower. The takeaway: Subaru Outback is a significantly better accelerator, meaning it's more fun to drive and better-equipped to charge across diverse landscapes.
  • Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited features a 3.6-liter SUBARU BOXER engine with an upgrade to 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet. VW Jetta can only put out up to 184 pound-feet of torque. That makes Subaru Outback the harder worker as well, with better turning and pulling power.
  • Every Subaru Outback features standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, our brand's proprietary permanent AWD system. It features an equally standard X-MODE. Together, they deliver traction you can count on in eastern PA weather and over its rugged terrain, dependable steering compensation, and a marked reduction in wheel slip. Neither AWD nor a wheel slip-reducing mode is offered in Volkswagen Jetta.
  • EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, our automaker's exclusive suite of driver aids, comes standard in every Subaru Outback, enabling proper distancing in traffic, staying in lane and on course, and steering clear of collisions. Moreover, features such as blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert are available as soon as in the 2.5i Premium trim. Comparable features are only available in VW Jetta in a step up to its SE trim and later. That means Subaru Outback can keep you and your family safer a lot sooner.
  • Subaru Outback is more accommodating than Volkswagen Jetta. Heated front seats come standard in its 2.5i Premium trim; they're heated front and rear in 2.5i Limited, leather-trimmed upholstery comes standard in the 2.5i Limited trim, and exclusive Java Brown leather trim is standard in 2.5i Touring and 3.6R Touring. The competition offers heated rear seats only with a package.
  • The 2.5i Touring and 3.6R Touring trims in Subaru Outback feature LED steering-responsive headlights. These let you peer around corners even before you turn, assisting in obstacle-avoidance. No comparable feature is available in VW Jetta.
  • A thumping 576-watt-equivalent, 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio setup comes standard in the 2.5i Limited trim, transforming any road mix into a trip's anthem. You can get BeatsAudio in Volkswagen Jetta, but you have to go to the top of the line.

Find Out More About the New Subaru Outback at Our Dealership in Bethlehem

There are many other ways our brand's flagship wagon-become-crossover SUV gets the edge on its rivals. They're best experienced firsthand. Call us here at 330 Stoke Park Road or drop by for a visit, and we'll pair you with a knowledgeable Subaru sales specialist for a complete tour!


Faulkner Subaru Bethlehem

330 Stoke Park Rd
Directions Bethlehem, PA 18017

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