2020 Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4 SUV Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

The Subaru Outback is an iconic SUV that continually reaches further to make your drive better. The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback is the latest redesign, and it's better than ever before! We're proud to carry the new Subaru Outback in our extensive inventory, and we think you'll enjoy taking it for a test drive. When you compare it to other SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, you'll see just what makes the Outback such a great choice.

Two people rest at the back of their 2020 Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Design

When the Subaru Outback was introduced in 1994, it was a wagon based on the Subaru Legacy. Today, the Subaru Outback retains its iconic adventure wagon design while holding its own with any modern small SUV. This is perhaps best illustrated when you compare the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback to a popular small SUV like the Toyota RAV4. As you approach both models, you'll start to notice differences like the standard roof rails with integrated folding crossbars that are standard on every Subaru Outback. That level of cargo versatility will cost more as two separate upgrades on the Toyota RAV4. The wheels on the entry level models will likely catch your eye, too. At least, the 17" alloy wheels that come standard on every Subaru Outback will. The small SUV from Toyota starts out with steel wheels and hubcaps.

Inside, the Subaru advantages continue to stack up. One of the most noticable differences is that the Subaru Outback provides an impressively comfortable 109 cubic feet of passenger space. The 2020 Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, only manages to provide 98.9 cubic feet for passengers. That's what we'd expect from a small economy car, not a family friendly small SUV. When it comes time to help a friend move or grab something from the flat-pack furniture store, you'll be ready in a Subaru Outback with a maximum cargo hold measuring 75.7 cubic feet. The best you'll find in the back of the Toyota RAV4 is just 69.8 cubic feet.

What's more, the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback comes standard with automatic climate control, dual USB ports, and removable cargo-area tray. These and many others will cost significantly more as upgrades in the Toyota RAV4. Then, there's the heated front seats on all but the entry level Subaru Outback, another feature that you'll have to climb further up the Toyota small SUV lineup to find. All told, it's clear that the iconic, all-new Subaru Outback is designed to provide far more for your money than the 2020 Toyota RAV4.


2020 Subaru Outback with rear hatch up and cargo area full

Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Convenience Features

When you're buying an entry-level SUV, there are some things that you simply expect to have--like carpeted floor mats. These are, of course, standard in the Subaru Outback. However, to get them in the Toyota RAV4, you'll have to pay extra. You may not expect to find automatic climate control on an entry-level vehicle, and you won't in the Toyota RAV4. But if you choose the entry-level Subaru Outback, automatic climate control comes standard! And it's not just the standard features that make the Subaru Outback the better choice; you'll also get better available options. Take the hands-free power rear liftgate that's available in the Subaru Outback. This is yet another feature you won't find in any 2020 Toyota RAV4.


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11.6-inch touchscreen in a 2020 Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Infotainment

Touchscreens grace the interior of most vehicles these days, and the Toyota RAV4 is no exception. You'll find a 7-inch touchscreen in the base model, as well as an available 8-inch touchscreen in higher trim levels. This is pretty average--and the Subaru Outback leaves average in the dust. The entry-level Subaru Outback does have a 7-inch touchscreen . . . and another 7-inch touchscreen for good measure! This dual 7-inch touchscreen system is replaced on higher trim levels by something even more impressive: a high-definition 11.6-inch touchscreen! This tablet-like screen makes controlling various functions in your vehicle intuitive and enjoyable.


2020 Subaru Outback driving on an off-road area

Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Safety Ratings

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives out awards for some of the safest vehicles. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick award, which is impressive. But the 2020 Subaru Outback did even better by earning the IIHS 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award! What's more, in testing performed by the NHTSA, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 earned only four stars in the Frontal Crash category. The 2020 Subaru Outback, by comparison, earned a perfect five-star Frontal Crash rating. When it comes to the best protection for you and your family, the Subaru Outback the clear choice.


2020 Subaru Outback with kayaks atop the roof driving down a coastal highway

Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Performance Specs

While the Toyota RAV4 sticks you with one engine, the Subaru Outback gives you choice. The standard SUBARU BOXER® engine in the 2020 Outback does have less horsepower than the engine in the RAV4, but it has several other advantages. For one thing, its horizontal design gives the  Subaru Outback a lower center of gravity, creating a more engaging driving experience. Another benefit? The standard engine can help the Outback tow up to 2,700 pounds when properly equipped. Even though the engine in the RAV4 is more powerful on paper, it's still only rated for towing up to 1,500 pounds.

If it's more power that you want, the Subaru Outback has it. While the Toyota RAV4 maxes out at 203 horsepower, the available turbocharged BOXER® engine in the Subaru Outback puts out 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque! This engine also allows the Subaru Outback to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Value

The Subaru Outback simply gives you more than the Toyota RAV4. While the Subaru Outback does look to have a slightly higher starting MSRP, that's not the whole story. Simply equipping the 2020 Toyota RAV4 with all-wheel drive will make the price higher than that of the Subaru Outback, and that's not taking other standard and available features into account. Come give the 2020 Subaru Outback a test drive to experience it for yourself!

2020 Subaru Outback2020 Toyota RAV4
$26,645Starting MSRP$25,850
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.