Outback vs RAV4



Are you searching for the best SUV to accommodate your active lifestyle? Crossover SUVs are very popular due to their versatility, comfortable accommodations for multiple passengers, and fuel efficiency. Drivers in the Evansville, IN area favor the Subaru Outback and Toyota RAV4, but which SUV provides the best value, capabilities, and amenities for your family? Romain Subaru has created the following comprehensive comparison page. If you have initial questions, contact our dealership by calling (888) 470-3934.

For the purposes of this comparison, we will be taking a closer look at the 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium, starting at $28,445 MSRP, and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE, starting at $27,300 MSRP. The vehicles will be compared in five different categories: Interior & Design, Seating Capacity, Safety and Technology, Performance, and Towing Capacity.


Interior and Design | 2019 Subaru Outback VS 2019 Toyota RAV 4


What are your expectations when it comes to interior and design for your new SUV? Both the 2019 Subaru Outback and 2019 Toyota RAV4 feature standard options such as dual-zone climate control and eight cup holders, but there are a few key differences you should know about. Consider the following when making your decision:

  • The Subaru Outback includes 10-way power adjustable driver's seat. The Toyota RAV4 offers 6-way adjustable seating.
  • Only the Subaru Outback includes heated front seats as a standard feature of the 2.5i Premium model. Toyota RAV4 offers heated front seats as an optional add-on for their XLE model.

Seating Capacity | 2019 Subaru Outback VS 2019 Toyota RAV4

With 108.1 cubic feet of passenger space in the 2019 Subaru Outback compared to 98.9 cubic feet of passenger space in the 2019 Toyota RAV 4, the Subaru Outback is roomier for you and four other passengers to comfortably enjoy the ride.

Passenger space isn't the only place that the 2019 Subaru Outback has more space than the 2019 Toyota RAV 4. The 2019 Subaru Outback has 73.3 feet3 of storage space once the second row of seats are folded flat versus 69.8 feet3 in the 2019 Toyota RAV 4.

Safety and Technology | 2019 Subaru Outback VS 2019 Toyota RAV 4

It is important that your new SUV provides the technology you need to stay connected and the safety features that will give you peace of mind. Both the Subaru Outback and Toyota RAV 4 have impressive features such as rearview camera and intuitive infotainment. But only the Outback can boast a larger 8-in. touchscreen compared to the 7-in. screen in the RAV4. The 2019 Outback is also available with the following features:

  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Four USB ports
  • EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
  • Brake Assist
  • STARLINK™ Safety and Security connected services

Performance | 2019 Subaru Outback versus 2019 Toyota RAV4

Though the 2019 Outback and 2019 RAV 4 offer the same size engine, the Subaru Outback has several distinct features that outperform the RAV4. The Outback offers more ground clearance with 8.7 inches, while the Toyota RAV4 offers an 8.4-in. ground clearance.

The 2019 Outback is also standard with all-wheel drive, while the RAV4 only includes front-wheel drive. The Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that comes standard with the 2019 Outback allows all four wheels to be driven all the time. This allows you to get maximum traction when you are navigating rural terrains or when road conditions get rough.

Towing Capacity | 2019 Subaru Outback VS 2019 Toyota RAV4

The Subaru Outback can tow significantly more with a capacity of 2,700 lbs., than the Toyota RAV4 which can tow up to 1,750 pounds.



2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE
Driver Seats10-way power adjustable6-way power adjustable
Heated Front SeatsStandardOptional
Seating Capacity5 passengers5 passengers
Passenger Space108.1 cubic ft.98.9 cubic ft.
Storage Space (with 2nd row of seats folded down)73.3 cubic ft.69.8 cubic ft.
Rearview CameraStandardStandard
Infotainment Touchscreen8-inches7-inches
Eyesight® Driver Assist TechnologyStandard-
USB Ports45
Engine2.5 Liter, 4-Cylinder2.5 Liter, 4-Cylinder

Price and Incentives

The 2019 Subaru Outback starts at $26,345 MSRP. Whether you plan to lease or finance your new Outback, Romain Subaru has incentives and lease offers to help put you in the new SUV that works for your budget. Check out our current offers and lease specials to find your new SUV! Get today's price by calling (888) 470-4053.


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