2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs 2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs 2018 Subaru Outback

While this may seem like an odd matchup, it’s one worth paying attention to. Mercedes-Benz is a luxury vehicle brand and is often compared to the likes of Audi and BMW, but once in awhile you need to get closer to home to really understand what makes a luxury brand so unique. Today we have a lesser-acclaimed but still worthy automaker in Subaru, so buckle up as we look at the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs 2018 Subaru Outback.

The luxury brand almost always has the upper hand when it comes to performance, so how does it look in this situation? Not much different than you’d expect. Despite a bigger engine in the Outback, the 2.0-liter inline-4 engine in the GLA 250 is turbocharged and blows its rival out of the water with 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. What’s more, it gets virtually the same fuel efficiency as the Outback. Innovative engineering, right?

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250


2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

$33,400 MSRP $32,695
24 city/33 hwy mpg Fuel Efficiency 25 city/32 hwy mpg
7-Speed Automatic Transmission Variable Speed Automatic
208 Horsepower 175
258 lb-ft Torque 174 lb-ft
7.1 seconds 0 to 60 time Not Listed
FWD Drivetrain FWD
8 Number of Airbags 7
Standard PRE-SAFE® Not Available
Optional Electronic Parking Aid Not Available
8 inches Entertainment Screen Size 7 inches
Standard Keyless Start Standard

Comfort and Convenience Features in the 2018 GLA 250

By now it should come as no surprise which one of these two models takes the cake. Even with the MSRPs nearly aligned to be the same, it’s hard to disregard the benefits of having the “luxury” title. In addition to beating out the Outback in the performance segment, the 2018 GLA 250 has a number of other features both standard and optional that are unavailable in the Outback. Some of those features include:

  • Genuine wood trim

  • Front power lumbar

  • Vehicle location system

  • Electronic parking aid

  • Vehicle theft/tracking notification system

  • Rain sensor wipers

That’s it in a nutshell. If you want to crack the nut open and learn more, we encourage you to get in touch with the team here at Mercedes-Benz of Indianapolis. Our expert team of sales staff will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. If that decision happens to land on the 2018 GLA 250, we can show you our inventory and find a vehicle that fits your budget and other criteria. Give us a call or stop by today!

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