When it comes to finding your next SUV, there's a few things we know drivers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster will prioritize. To navigate your busy and exciting life, you'll want to have an SUV that combines powerful yet efficient performance, a roomy interior, and impressive safety features.

Now, you have not one but two vehicles that fit this description to choose from. In the comparison below, you'll learn how the 2018 Subaru Outback and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 stack up against each other in categories you care about. Let's get started!

Outback vs RAV4: Performance Specifications

The 2018 Subaru Outback has two powerful engines in its powertrain lineup starting with the standard 2.5L BOXER® engine. This engine generates a respectable 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque which, when paired with the right equipment, can tow an impressive 2,700 maximum towing weight.

While the RAV4's standard, and only, engine, a similar 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, puts out just about as much power as the Outback's standard engine, it pales in comparison in terms of efficiency. The Outback gets an EPA-estimated 32 highway/25 city MPG1 while the RAV4 gets just an EPA-estimated 30 highway/23 city MPG.

A couple more mechanical perks about the Outback include its standard all-wheel drivetrain, which is only optional in the RAV4. Also, the Outback's second available engine, a 3.6L V6 BOXER® engine, puts out an outstanding 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque.

Outback vs RAV4: Cargo & Passenger Room

Though the 2018 Subaru Outback and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 are categorized as compact SUVs, they both have plenty of cargo and passenger space to offer. Both vehicles offer extensive packability with 73.3 total cubic feet of cargo space if you decide to utilize the 60/40 split folding rear seats.

However, when it comes to passenger space, you'll find that the Subaru Outback is quite a bit roomier than the Toyota RAV4 with these dimensions:

2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Toyota RAV4

Total Passenger Volume

108.1 cubic feet

102 cubic feet

Front / Rear Legroom

42.9 inches / 38.1 inches

42.6 inches / 37.2 inches

Front / Rear Headroom

40.8 inches / 38.9 inches

39.8 inches / 38.9 inches

Front / Rear Shoulder Room

58.1 inches / 57.3 inches

57.3 inches / 55.4 inches

As you can see, you'll have enough wiggle room for every passenger in the Outback no matter which seat they decide to sit in.

Outback vs RAV4: Impressive Safety

Both the 2018 Subaru Outback and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 bring the heat when it comes to safety. The Outback and the RAV4 offer impressive active safety features like Blind-Spot Detection, High Beam Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

One feature you'll miss out in the RAV4, though, is the Pre-Collision Braking feature included in the Outback's EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This feature, unlike many Brake Assist features, can automatically fully apply the brakes and bring the vehicle to a complete stop.

2018 Subaru Outback vs 2018 Toyota RAV4: The Verdict

Now that you've had a taste of what the 2018 Subaru Outback and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 have to offer, we hope you're feeling confident about which one is the best fit for you. However, we at Fred Beans Subaru believe drivers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster will appreciate the Outback's extra efficiency, spacious interior, and advanced safety features.

Come down to our dealership today to learn more about this impressive vehicle and see for yourself what it can do for you!


1 EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

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