Compare The New 2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Toyota RAV4 Models

Two of the best selling vehicles of their brand, the Subaru Outback and the Toyota RAV4, may be difficult to choose between just by looking at them. They're both rugged, reliable, and powerful, exactly what you need when picking a new family crossover SUV. To help narrow down the playing field, we've put this side-by-side comparison together for you in the paragraphs below. After you've read through them, swing by Byers Airport Subaru in Columbus for a test drive.

Subaru Outback utility specs

2021 Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Utility & Comfort

The Outback has a longer body than the RAV4, so it's no surprise that there's more room in the Outback's cabin. With more legroom and shoulder room, it's the perfect road trip vehicle since there's space for everyone and everything. With 109 cubic feet of passenger volume, no one will feel cramped while travelling in the Outback. The RAV4 offers a respectable 59 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, but the Outback gives you 75.7 cubic feet of room. This means room for all your camping gear, sporting equipment, or art supplies plus luggage!

Both vehicles offer an available dual-zone climate control to keep the cabin at a cozy temperature, but if you're looking to warm things up with heated front seats or a heated steering wheel, only the Outback has them standard on higher trim levels. If you want these features on the RAV4, you have to purchase an optional package. Heated rear outboard seats are standard on the Outback Touring XT trim level, a feature not offered on the RAV4.

Subaru Outback technology specs

2021 Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Technology

The Toyota RAV4 offers a standard 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system across all trim levels. An 8-inch screen is part of an optional package. The Subaru Outback eclipses the RAV4 with standard dual 7-inch high-resolution touchscreens or upgrade trim levels for an elegant,  tablet-like 11.6-inch touchscreen with available navigation. Staying connected on the Outback is convenient and easy with standard Bluetooth® hands-free calling and texting.

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Subaru Outback performance features

2021 Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Performance

On paper, it may look like the RAV4 has more power because of the higher horsepower it delivers. But the Subaru's secret weapon is the BOXER® engine. It's unique horizontal positioning means smoother operation and the lower center of gravity gives you better handling, making every drive an adventure. The standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive gives you more confidence when driving in bad weather or on difficult terrains. The RAV4 is a Front-Wheel Drive vehicle but you can add All-Wheel Drive for an extra $1,400. This means if you want an off-road escapade, the Outback is the SUV for you.

Subaru Outback safety features

2021 Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Safety & Driver Assist Features

Both the Outback and the RAV4 were awarded an overall five star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration but the RAV4 only received four stars in the frontal crash test. The RAV4 was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but the Outback tested better and was given the highest IIHS accolade by being named a Top Safety Pick+. This is mainly because of the standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and High-Beam Assist. The RAV4 offers these as well, but if you want Blind Spot Monitoring or Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, features available on the Outback, you need to purchase an optional package or choose the highest Toyota RAV4 trim level.

Subaru Outback features

2021 Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Features

The Outback comes standard with innovative LED Steering Responsive Headlights for safer cornering at night and LED fog lights for better vision in inclement weather. The RAV4 offers a comparable headlight option but it will cost you extra. The standard hands-free power rear gate on the Subaru Outback makes loading your SUV easier and more convenient, a feature you have to pay more for on the Toyota RAV4. StarTex® water-repellant upholstery is an available feature on the Outback, helping to resist stains from spilled juice boxes or mud from hiking trips. This is a feature the Toyota RAV4 simply does not offer.

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Which Crossover SUV Is A Better Value For You?

The new Subaru Outback may cost a bit more than the Toyota RAV4 but when you take into consideration all of the standard features the Outback offers that are only available on the RAV4 through extra purchases, the Outback ends up being the better value. The Outback is the perfect SUV for daily city driving and any off-road adventure. To see for yourself, stop into the Byers Airport Subaru showroom and let our friendly Subaru experts answer questions you may have. Then take a test drive and feel the power, excitement, and fun at your fingertips.

2021 Subaru Outback2021 Toyota RAV4
$26,795Starting MSRP*$26,050
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable
33 Highway MPG / 26 City MPGEstimated Gas Mileage (AWD)34 Highway MPG / 27 City MPG
3,500 lbsMaximum Towing Capacity1,500 lbs
182Standard Horsepower203
Available 260-Horsepower Turbocharged EngineEngine UpgradeNot Available
109 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume98.9 Cubic Feet
75.7 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Space69.8 Cubic Feet
11.6 InchesAvailable Touchscreen Size8 Inches
StandardHill Descent ControlAvailable

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.