2019 Subaru Outback

Should You Choose the 2019 Subaru Outback or the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe?

As two of the most popular SUVs - and that they have both been updated for the newest model year - it might be difficult to choose which of these two models offer what you will need. They are both impressive, but we want to help you decide which is the best fit for your needs. Our expert team at Gallatin Subaru have taken the time to look at some key points, helping you get the information that you need before making your final decision.


Like most Subaru models, the 2019 Subaru Outback comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to help maintain the best traction when driving through snow, ice, or gravel, but the 2019 Santa Fe only offers All-Wheel Drive as an option. This helps explain why the Santa Fe has a lower starting price; when you equip the Santa Fe with All-Wheel Drive, the starting price becomes higher than that of the Subaru Outback.

Standard All-Wheel Drive helps the Outback be ready for any adventure, and with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, it can go over just about any obstacle that stands in its way. The Santa Fe doesn't have that much ground clearance, meaning it might scrape or pull off essential components from underneath if you try to go over some of the same obstacles that the Outback can.

2019 Subaru Outback

A Look at the Inside

You probably want a lot of space if you are looking at an SUV, and the 2019 Outback offers more max cargo space than the Santa Fe does. Being able to fold the seats down and fit more gear into the Outback gives many advantages that drivers will love.

Both interiors are well equipped, offering features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on every trim, but that doesn't mean every feature is equal. For instance, both models offer heated front seats pretty early in the upgrades, but the Santa Fe doesn't offer heated rear seats until some of the most expensive options.

2019 Subaru Outback

Engine Options

While the Santa Fe does offer more power at the base, it comes at the cost of efficiency. 

The 2019 Subaru Outback gets up to 32 MPG highway and 25 MPG city as an all-wheel drive model, the front wheel drive Santa Fe only gets 29 MPG highway and 22 MPG city, and the all-wheel drive model only gets 27 MPG highway and 21 MPG city.

If you are planning to go with the upgraded engine options for either of these models it is good to know that the 2019 Outback offers more power. 

If you are upgrading the engine it means you appreciate an exciting ride and having more power will mean you get to enjoy the ride more. 

Plus, the upgraded engine on the Outback continues to get better fuel efficiency than that of the Santa Fe.

2019 Subaru Outback

Have Questions? Visit Our Dealership to Get Answers!

If you are still having a tough time deciding which of these SUVs will meet your needs, our experts are here to help you make the best decision based on the features and capabilities that you want in your next vehicle. 

Reading about the differences is a good start, but once you get a test drive scheduled for the 2019 Subaru Outback and get behind the wheel, you won't be able to imagine yourself driving anything else. Feel free to contact our team or visit our dealership to get started finding the 2019 SUV that is perfect for your lifestyle.

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    31910 Frontage Rd
    Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Sales: 406-530-1548
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