2021 Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4 Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling SUVs in America, and you've seen hundreds of them on the streets around town. They're so ubiquitous, you might not even really notice they're there. But when it comes to your next new SUV for the adventures of life in Huntington Beach, the 2021 Subaru Outback stands out. It stands out with superior utility, capability, safety and technology! To prove it, find a head-to-head comparison between the 2021 Subaru Outback and 2021 Toyota RAV4 below. Then head to McKenna Subaru to learn more!

Subaru Outback Cargo Area

Size & Design

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is a smaller crossover SUV compared to the more versatile 2021 Subaru Outback. The Outback is more than 10" longer overall, with a classy, station wagon-inspired profile that also means more legroom -- nearly 2" of additional legroom in both the front and rear seats compared to the Toyota SUV. It also means more cargo space in the Outback! The 2021 Subaru Outback provides up to 75.7 cubic feet of space when you fold the second row of seats flat, compared to just 69.8 cubic feet in the 2021 Toyota RAV4.

You also get roof rails as standard equipment on the 2021 Toyota RAV4, but they're low-profile roof rails which aren't as versatile or as easy to use. By contrast, every 2021 Subaru Outback features raised roof rails with folding integrated crossbars, so you can carry more gear and attach a wider variety of accessories with the Outback. On the RAV4, raised roof rails are an available option, and the factory crossbars are fixed, not folding.

Subaru Outback Modern Interior

Features & Technology

Both models in this comparison come standard with touchscreen-based multimedia systems, and feature standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. So that means both models make it easy to stay connected and communicate with your modern smartphone. But there are a few exclusive upgrades you'll only find on the 2021 Subaru Outback! For instance, you can get a vertically oriented 11.6" touchscreen in the Subaru Outback that's flashier and more intuitive than anything you can get in the new RAV4.

The 2021 Subaru Outback is even available with StarTex® water-repellant upholstery for extra toughness when camping or transporting kids. That's a durable feature you can't get on any new 2021 Toyota RAV4.

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Entry-level 2021 Subaru Outback models make a bit less power than the 2021 Toyota RAV4, but the unique design of the BOXER® engine means you'll enjoy a smoother ride in the Outback. The low placement of the flat, wide engine under the hood provides greater stability and more car-like handling than the inline engine in the RAV4.

And if it's greater power you need, the 2021 Subaru Outback XT models are equipped with a new turbocharged BOXER® engine! Developing 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, that's a whole lot more power than you'll find from any 2021 Toyota RAV4. The Outback can even tow more -- up to 3,500 pounds of maximum towing capacity when you upgrade to an XT trim.

Subaru Outback On Dirt Road


For wet roads, icy mountain passes or unpaved surfaces, all-wheel drive is a big help. And since every Subaru SUV comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the 2021 Subaru Outback helps you save on this important feature! AWD is an added cost upgrade on the 2021 Toyota RAV4. It'll cost you more than $1,000 extra to upgrade to their all-wheel drive system. Even so, it can't compete with the 2021 Subaru Outback and its standard X-MODE® terrain selector and Hill Descent Control. If you've got some rugged terrain in your way, the 2021 Subaru Outback is a better, safer choice than the 2021 Toyota RAV4.

Subaru Outback Dashboard

Driver Assistance

Both Toyota and Subaru are leading the way when it comes to driver assist technology. Unlike most rival SUVs, both the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and 2021 Subaru Outback come totally standard with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control. These features can help as you drive, by providing automatic braking or gentle steering corrections, to keep you safe.

Both vehicles even offer similar driver assistance upgrades, such as optional blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and reverse emergency braking.

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Best of all, the 2021 Subaru Outback provides all this extra technology and function without costing you more. Starting at an MSRP of $26,795, the 2021 Outback is a bit more costly than an entry-level 2021 Toyota RAV4 -- but once you add optional all-wheel drive to the Toyota SUV, it'll cost you even more! That makes the 2021 Subaru Outback the ideal choice for Southern California families looking for a bit more rugged toughness and an adventurous spirit from their next SUV. Come experience it all for yourself during a test drive at McKenna.

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.