2021 Subaru Outback vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Subaru Outback

vs 2021 Toyota RAV4 in Lafayette, LA

It’s easy to go where love takes you in the 2021 Subaru Outback. Built to blend in with the exhilarating outdoors, the Outback has remained a popular SUV for wilderness enthusiasts and hobbyists for years. It can take on dirt trails and city streets alike, but it’s true home is discovering new paths on an adventure-packed weekend. Built to last, 97% of Outback vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today (dirt or pavement).* Now that’s quality. For a lifestyle that’s as flexible as you need it to be, let the 2021 Subaru Outback take you there. But if you’ve been searching for the perfect off-road capable SUV, the Toyota RAV4 has more than likely popped up on your screen. It may be a reputable champion, but let’s see if it can hold its own next to the Subaru Outback.

2021 Subaru Outback
2021 Subaru Outback
2021 Toyota RAV4

Available Turbocharged Engine

Standard AWD System

Standard LED Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH)

Available Water-Repellent Upholstery

Maximum Cargo Volume

75.7 cubic feet^

69.8 cubic feet**

Largest Available Touchscreen Size

11.6 inches

8 inches

High Beam Assist

Between the two, we honestly thought there would be more of a fight. Despite being known for its off-roading capability, the RAV4 fails to offer a turbocharged engine for its customers who like their power to be equally efficient and forces drivers to pay more for their all-wheel drive system on higher trims. Meanwhile, the Subaru Outback has its 2.4-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine as a viable upgrade and the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard. Yikes. Inside the Outback, you’ll enjoy a massive amount of cargo volume (nearly six cubic feet more than the RAV4), plus optional StarTex® water-repellent upholstery (compared to Toyota’s SofTex® cloth material). Tech gurus will fall in love with the helpful available STARLINK® 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation on the Outback, which definitely can’t compete with the smaller, available 8.0-inch Dynamic Navigation system on the RAV4.

We’ll stop ragging and let you decide for yourself. If you’re interested in becoming the proud owner of a 2021 Subaru Outback, give us a call, or stop by our dealership at 6141 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503 for a test drive today. We look forward to serving our customers from New Iberia, Abbeville, Youngsville and Broussard.

*Based on Experian Automotive vehicles in operation as of December 2019 for model years 2010-2019 vs. total new registrations of those vehicles.

^With the rear seat lowered.

**Behind front/rear seat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. Always properly secure cargo and cargo areas.