2017 Subaru Outback vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4


The Subaru Outback Outshines the Toyota RAV4 in a Battle of Two Leading Crossovers in Macon!


If you are in the market for an adventurous yet practical crossover SUV, we would be surprised if either the Subaru Outback or the Toyota RAV4 were left off of the list for considerations. Both are compelling options, however there are some clear distinctions that indeed displays how the 2017 Outback outshines the 2017 RAV4.


Capabilities & Versatility


If you plan on using your crossover on off-road trails and in less-than-ideal weather conditions like most owners, all-wheel drive is an important trait to consider. The Subaru Outback comes equipped with advanced Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive at its base trim, which optimizes both traction and balance. On the other hand, you will have to pay extra to have AWD for the RAV4.


Also, the Outback offers substantially more ground clearance and interior volume than the Toyota RAV4, meaning it can take you even farther through rugged terrain with more gear and equipment. Toyota simply cannot match 8.7 inches of ground clearance and a whopping 73.3 cubic feet of interior space. Along with flexible cargo-carrying roof rails and integrated crossbars, this is the perfect vehicle for any weekend adventure!


Safety & Technology


In regards to safety, the race is too close to call. Both the 2017 Outback and the 2017 RAV4 were awarded with 2017 Top Safety Pick+ ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), thanks to a generous amount of innovative safety measures.


However, in regards to technology and their infotainment systems, the race is not close. Toyota has received notable criticism of its Entune™ infotainment system, while the SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system found in the Outback has been praised for its intuitive platform and seamless connectivity abilities.


Price & Efficiency


Speaking to fuel economy, the Subaru Outback also wins the race. An impressive EPA-estimated rating of 25/32 city/hwy MPG gets the better of the 23/30 city/hwy MPG rating for the Toyota RAV4. You'll spend less time and money at the gas pump when you drive an Outback.


At a glance, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 appears to be cheaper than the 2017 Subaru Outback. Here's the catch- the MSRP of $24,410 for the new RAV4 includes far less features than is included with the base MSRP of $25,645 for the new Outback. Like previously mentioned, all-wheel drive, or lack of for Toyota, is a great example of this.


Give us a call or visit Subaru of Macon in person to learn more about the Outback and take it out for a test drive!