My point was that the comparison isn't valid because they're a totally different class of vehicle. The Outback cabin is much bigger than an RDX. That has nothing to do with price.yes I know that is why I said V6 which it was up until 2019. Turbo 4? no thanks, the V6 is way smoother and that J series is a tank in terms of durability... the comparison is valid as they are in the same ball park once you get up to the top end on the OB models.
You can kind of say the same about the 6-cylinder Outback I own vs an XT. The 3.6R is known to be bomb-proof and smooth. The XT long term reliability and ownership costs really won't be known for 4 or 5 years. I don't plan to replace mine for a couple of years and I'm watching data on the XT carefully. Who knows? My requirements by then may have totally changed.