2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs. 2024 Subaru Outback Review

Picture of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2023 Mercedes-Benz
GLA 250

MSRP*: $37,500 to $39,500
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2024 Subaru
Outback

MSRP*: $28,895 to $42,795
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MPG - City 23 - 24 MPG 21 - 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 32 - 34 MPG 26 - 32 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 50.5 ft3 75.6 ft3
Engine
  • 221-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 182-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 260-hp, 2.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Horsepower 221 hp 182 - 260 hp
Towing Capacity Info not available 2,700 - 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 173.6 in 191.3 - 191.9 in
Exterior Width 72.2 in 74.2 - 74.6 in
Leg Room Front 41.0 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 42.8 in
Rear 39.5 in
Head Room Front 39.0 in
Rear 38.1 in
Front 39.1 - 40.1 in
Rear 39.1 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Outback than in the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Subaru Outback will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250.

Convenience
With the Subaru Outback, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 is somewhat more expensive than the Subaru Outback.

Dimensions
Since the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 is much slimmer than the Subaru Outback, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Subaru Outback.

Handling
The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 has a larger turning radius than the Subaru Outback, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 has a little more horsepower than the Subaru Outback.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Subaru Outback.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 and the Subaru Outback. The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Subaru Outback.