2020 Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4 Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

In 2019, the Toyota RAV4 was the best selling SUV in the United States. We'll admit that it's a capable model, but it's also true that popularity doesn't necessarily equal quality. When the time comes for your next SUV, it's hard to beat the Subaru Outback, a wagon-inspired SUV that's capable of on-road smoothness and off-road adventure. The Outback has been newly redesigned for the 2020 model year, making it more impressive than ever before--and more than a match for the Toyota RAV4. Check out the details below to see just how much better the Outback is.

Person sitting in rear seat of Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Toyota RAV4: Interior Space & Features

The Toyota RAV4 has an impressive amount of cargo space behind the rear seat, but it's at the expense of passenger comfort. Even for a small SUV, the Toyota RAV4 is pretty cramped. You'll only get 98.9 cubic feet of passenger volume in the Toyota RAV4. By comparison, the 2020 Subaru Outback has a roomy 109 cubic feet of passenger volume! It's true that the Outback has less standard cargo volume, but folding down the rear seats changes all that. With the rear seats folded, the 2020 Subaru Outback has 75.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space; the 2020 Toyota RAV4 has only 69.8 cubic feet.

But it's not just space where the Subaru Outback excels. It's safe to say that the entry-level 2020 Toyota RAV4 is spartan, with even features like carpeted floor mats and automatic climate control being available upgrades. These features are, of course, standard in the 2020 Subaru Outback.


11.6-inch touchscreen in a 2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Toyota RAV4: Infotainment

The multimedia system in the Toyota RAV4 is relatively standard. You'll get all the standard features you'd expect, including Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa capability. The lower trim levels come with a 7-inch touchscreen, and higher trim levels get an 8-inch touchscreen. The Subaru Outback, on the other hand, goes above and beyond. Even the entry-level trim gets additional cloud-based applications like Yelp and EVE Home Automation, but that's just the start. Where the Toyota RAV4 has one 7-inch touchscreen, the Subaru Outback has two. And this is just for the base trim! Upgrade to a higher trim level and your Subaru Outback will have a stunning 11.6-inch touchscreen display!

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2020 Subaru Outback driving in an off-road area

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Toyota RAV4: Performance

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 has just one engine: an inline four-cylinder that gets 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This is more powerful than the entry-level engine in the Subaru Outback, which gets 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Despite this, the Subaru Outback equipped with the entry-level engine can still tow up to 2,700 pounds. Most 2020 Toyota RAV4 trim levels have a maximum towing capacity of just 1,500 pounds. And if it's power you're after, Subaru has a trick up its sleeve. The XT trim levels of the 2020 Subaru Outback come with a turbocharged engine that generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque! This engine enables the 2020 Subaru Outback to tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is the same as the Adventure and TRD Off-Road trims of the Toyota RAV4. Whichever engine you choose, you'll find that the flat design and low placement in the engine compartment gives the Subaru Outback impressive balance and makes it fun to drive.


Subaru Outback driving over rocks

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Toyota RAV4: Safety

Every 2020 Subaru Outback comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the powerful AWD system that has made Subaru favored among off-road enthusiasts. But it's more than just off-road capability that this AWD system provides: it also keeps you safe. Whether you're driving down a slick street or a dirt road, you'll appreciate the extra traction that this all-wheel drive system delivers. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 doesn't comes standard with AWD; it's an available upgrade that will cost you more.

Standard AWD is just one of the many things that makes the Subaru Outback a safe SUV. The experts agree! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Subaru Outback its 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award, the highest honor it gives out. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 still did well, but it only earned the standard 2020 Top Safety Pick award.

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2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Toyota RAV4: Value

It's true that the Subaru Outback does cost more than the Toyota RAV4 at the entry level. But that's only true of the front-wheel drive RAV4. Add in all-wheel drive and the base 2020 Toyota RAV4 actually costs more than the entry-level 2020 Subaru Outback!

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.