Compare the Subaru Outback to Toyota RAV4

2019 Subaru Outback
vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4

The Subaru Outback Takes on the Toyota RAV4 - Discover Which Crossover is Right for Your Commute

The Subaru Outback is one of the most iconic models in our collection here at Village Subaru. Familiar across Massachusetts for its sporty wagon style and spacious interior dimensions, many of the people who walk through the doors at our Acton dealership are looking for the Outback when they want the best crossover around.

With the auto market here in the greater Boston area flooded with small SUV options, we know there are other vehicles out there vying for your attention when you're searching for a vehicle that can tackle any road conditions and has a spacious cargo hold. If you're considering the Subaru Outback, and the Toyota RAV4 is also drawing your attention, we can help. Use this side-by-side comparison to see how much more the Subaru has to offer than the similarly sized Toyota.

The Outback vs. the RAV4 - Head-to-Head

  • Every Subaru Outback comes with all-wheel drive standard. The carmaker's signature symmetrical all-wheel drive comes on every model, while the Toyota RAV4 only has all-wheel drive available as an option.
  • With the Toyota RAV4, you're stuck with one base engine and get no other options for a power upgrade. But, with the Subaru Outback you get two great engines to choose from, based on your preferences and your personality.
  • The Subaru Outback will take you further on a tank of gas, with a range of 463 miles in the city and 592 miles on the highway, compared to the RAV4, which goes just 377 miles in the city and 508 miles on the highway per fill up.
  • A slightly longer length and width for the Subaru mean more interior space for you. The Outback has more legroom, headroom, and shoulder room than the RAV4, in both the front and backseats.
  • Have a small camper or boat to tow? The Outback can manage 2,700 pounds with the base four-cylinder engine, or 3,000 pounds with its upgraded six-cylinder. The RAV4, meanwhile, tows only 1,500 pounds, unless you move up to the upper-level Adventure trim, which is the only RAV4 beefed up to accommodate a little more weight.

Safety and Technology

Both the Outback and the RAV4 have comprehensive safety features packages standard, which include adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, and more.

But, the Subaru gives drivers more tech features standard than the RAV4, including smartphone integration via Android Auto, which isn't available even as an option on the Toyota. Other standard features to look forward to on the Subaru include a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, and a lane keeping assistance.

Performance and Power

Every Toyota RAV4, regardless of trim level, is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Subaru outback, on the other hand, has two engines available as options. A base 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque starts you off with the first few trims, while mid and upper trims get a nice 3.6-liter flat-six engine with 256 horsepower. More options and more power than the Toyota, and, of course, the Outback engines send power to all four wheels every time, thanks to standard all-wheel drive.

Discover the Benefits of Driving a Subaru Outback in Person

The best way to determine which SUV is the right one for you is with a test drive. Stop by and meet our team and our Outback collection. We'll tell you everything there is to know and love about our crossover, and help you choose the perfect one for your daily drives and weekend adventures.

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