How Does the New Subaru Outback Stack Up Against the New Toyota RAV4?

If you're looking for a vehicle that can handle off-road driving, while also being roomy and comfortable, the new Subaru Outback should be at the top of your list. This wagon comes with all-wheel drive and high ground clearance for safe handling on rough landscapes. But it also has a well-built suspension that keeps it smooth and composed on paved streets in Greensboro, NC. Because of its high ground clearance and large cargo hold, the Outback is often compared to SUVs like the Toyota RAV4. While the RAV4 has its good qualities, Capital Subaru thinks the Outback is a better vehicle for High Point drivers. We've created this comparison of the two models to help you decide for yourself.


The new Subaru Outback has an attractive cabin featuring high-quality, soft-touch materials. Base models have durable-looking cloth seats and tastefully textured material on the upper dash. The Toyota RAV4 has a mishmash of soft-touch materials and hard plastics in its interior. Both vehicles have multiple trim levels with nicer cabins as you move up, but the Outback focuses more on luxury design while the RAV4 trends more toward a sporty look.

Cargo Space

One of the main reasons people in Summerfield, NC drive wagons or SUVs is their cargo space. The new Subaru Outback has 32.5 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats and 75.7 cubic feet of room with the back row folded flat. The new Toyota RAV4 has up to 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, but only 69.8 cubic feet of room with its back seats down. The Outback has almost six cubic feet more space to put camping supplies or sports gear.

Leg Room

Both the new Subaru Outback and the new Toyota RAV4 seat five people, but the Outback has more room for passengers to stretch out and get comfortable. Tall people in High Point will appreciate that the Outback has 109 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the RAV4 only has 98.9 cubic feet of passenger space. The Outback also has 39.5 inches of second-row legroom, compared to just 37.8 inches of backseat legroom in the RAV4.


If you want a vehicle that can maneuver well on rugged trails or power through snow-covered roads in Reidsville, the new Subaru Outback is a far better choice than the new Toyota RAV4. It comes standard with 8.7 inches of ground clearance and symmetrical all-wheel drive that enable it to go places other wagons can't. The Toyota RAV4 comes with front-wheel drive and only 8.4 inches of ground clearance. RAV4 Adventure and TRD Off-Road models have 8.6 inches of ground clearance and all-wheel drive, but you must pay more to get these higher trims.


The new Toyota RAV4 has more power with its standard 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine than does the Subaru Outback's 182-horsepower base motor. However, Greensboro drivers will like that the Outback also offers a turbocharged 260-horsepower engine that has more oomph for passing and quicker acceleration.

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Both the new Subaru Outback and the new Toyota RAV4 are fuel-efficient vehicles that are loaded with enjoyable infotainment features and helpful driver-assist aids. But the Subaru Outback has better off-road proficiency and a roomier interior. It also has slightly nicer cabin materials. Capital Subaru has a wide selection of new Outback models for sale near Reidsville, NC. Come see us and test drive one today.

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