Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4

Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4
Subaru Outback
Toyota RAV4
At a Glance: Outback vs. RAV4

Are you looking to take your next adventure off-road? Want to experience Yorkville, Utica, Rome, and New Hartford, NY in a new and exciting way? An adventurous and capable SUV is what you need to make your fantasies a reality.

Two popular options you'll find are the Subaru Outback and the Toyota RAV4. Which model will better fit what you need in a vehicle?

At Carbone Subaru, we know how important it is to research your next ride before you choose one. Our 2023 Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison is here to help you decide on your next adventure-ready SUV. We’ve put these two models head-to-head and are bringing you the highlights.

Read on to learn more!



260 HP | 203 HP
Outback vs RAV4


109 cu. ft. | 98.9 cu. ft.
Outback vs RAV4


11.6" | 10.5"
Outback vs RAV4
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Select a category below to learn more about how the Subaru Outback compares to the Toyota RAV4.
Subaru Outback

When considering SUVs—or any type of vehicle—many drivers look to see what kind of powertrain is under the hood. After all, when you want to go exploring, you need to know that your road companion is up to the task.

Multiple Engine Options

The 2023 Subaru Outback has two powerful engines in its powertrain lineup, starting with the standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. This motor generates a respectable 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque, which is sure to highlight all your adventurous and bold drives.

Looking for a little extra oomph? The Outback model's second available powertrain, a 2.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, puts out an outstanding 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.

The RAV4 model's standard—and only—gas engine, packs a big punch with 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. However, it does fall short of the maximum power output available in the Outback, so you may notice a difference in performance.

AWD as Standard

Another mechanical perk of the Outback includes standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD). This AWD system keeps your vehicle stable at every mile, even when encountering heavy rain and unpredictable snowy weather. AWD is only optional in the RAV4.


Subaru Outback

If you spend a lot of time on the road, you'll need to be behind the wheel of a vehicle that has plenty of room for everyone to stretch out. Thanks to their spacious cabins, the Subaru Outback and the Toyota RAV4 help ensure everyone is comfortable as you drive.

Room to Stretch Out

The Subaru Outback and the Toyota RAV4 both offer the following amounts of legroom:

Front Legroom
Back Legroom
Subaru Outback 42.8 inches 39.5 inches
Toyota RAV4 41 inches 37.8 inches

While both vehicles are spacious, the Subaru Outback offers more room for passengers in both the front and back rows, so you can feel confident that everyone will be comfortable during long drives.

Overall Comfort

Additionally, the Subaru Outback has a passenger volume of 109 cubic feet. Unfortunately, the Toyota RAV4 offers less space with a passenger volume of 98.9 cubic feet. This difference in wiggle room means all sized passengers will enjoy driving and riding in the Outback.


Subaru Outback

During long drives, you'll want to have access to high-tech features that will keep you and your passengers entertained. Luckily, both the Subaru Outback and the Toyota RAV4 offer advanced infotainment systems that will make every journey more enjoyable.

Standard Infotainment

Both SUVs come standard with a multimedia display that's compatible with the following:

  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth®

These systems allow you to connect your compatible smartphone to the in-car display and access your maps, apps, music, and more while on the go.

Next-Level Tech

For even more enhanced features, the Subaru Outback offers an available STARLINK® 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system. The Toyota RAV4, in comparison, only offers an available 10.5-inch Audio Multimedia system.

For true audiophiles, the Outback also offers a Harman Kardon® premium audio system with 12 speakers. The available JBL® audio system in the RAV4 comes close but falls short with its 11 speakers.


Which One Will You Choose?
Subaru Outback

We hope this Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison is helpful for drivers looking to learn more about these SUVs. If you decide the Subaru Outback is right for you, stop by Carbone Subaru to see it for yourself and learn more!

When you visit our dealership, a member of our team will show you the Subaru Outback up close and answer any questions you may have. You can even take it for a test drive around Yorkville, Utica, Rome, and New Hartford, NY to see firsthand if it's right for you.

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Outback for yourself are conveniently available right here online.