2021 Subaru Outback vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4

The 2021 Subaru Outback and 2021 Toyota RAV4 are crafted to seek out adventure with your family in tow. Each SUV is paired with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and first-class technologies. For more specific information, read through the following Outback vs. RAV4 guide put together by the McLaughlin Subaru team.

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For the sake of comparison, we have pitted the 2021 Subaru Outback Premium, with a starting MSRP of $29,045, against the 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE, which starts at $26,150.

2021 Subaru Outback driving on a forest road

2020 Subaru Outback in blue

2020 Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4: Head to Head Comparison

The 2020 Subaru Outback and 2020 Toyota RAV4 are made for family adventures. Whether you're heading to the lake for a weekend or to the movies to catch the latest blockbuster, these two SUVs will take you far. Below, the team at McLaughlin Subaru has gathered together information about the 2020 Outback and 2020 RAV4 for your research benefit.

After you've perused this Outback vs. RAV4 guide, have a look at our Outback trims review to get a better idea of what the Outback has to offer. And check out our Outback models for sale in Moline, IL! If you find a model you love, be sure to pair it with an Outback lease deal. If you have questions for a member of our Subaru dealership team, please reach out by phone at (866) 960-7363.

In this research review, we compared the 2020 Subaru Outback Limited XT, starting at $38,755 MSRP, against the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Limited, which starts at $34,480 MSRP.

2020 Subaru Outback exterior shot

Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4
Power & Handling

If you're looking for a spirited drive, either the 2020 Outback or 2020 RAV4 can provide that sense of purposeful energy. However, the Outback outpaces the RAV4 in almost every category, providing more horsepower, torque, and a higher towing capacity. Additionally, the Outback comes standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive (AWD), while the RAV4 is standard with front-wheel drive, with the option of upgrading to AWD. Below, we have compared the RAV4 and Outback engine specs.

Subaru Outback

2020 SUV Model

Toyota RAV4

2.4L turbocharged BOXER® four-cylinder


2.5L four-cylinder

260 HP


203 HP

277 lb.-ft.


184 lb.-ft.


MPG (city/hwy)


3,500 lbs.

Towing Capacity

1,500 lbs.

Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission)


Eight-speed automatic

2020 Subaru Outback leather seats

Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4

The 2020 Subaru Outback and 2020 Toyota RAV4 are both designed to keep you and your crew comfortable. Both seat five and have dual-zone automatic climate control so that no one is left feeling hot and sweaty on a summer day. The Outback offers more overall cargo space behind the front row at 75.7 cubic feet, while the RAV4 offers a maximum of 69.8 cubic feet. For other Outback interior features, review the following list.

  • Ten-way power driver's seat with power lumbar and two-position memory function
  • Power tilt/sliding glass moonroof
  • Eight-way power front passenger's seat
  • Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter handle
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
2020 Subaru Outback infotainment system

Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4

If you're searching for an SUV that can do it all, the technology systems on the 2020 Subaru Outback and 2020 Toyota RAV4 are ready to take on the challenge. Both have infotainment systems that can provide navigation guidance and access to Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™. That is where the similarities end, though. The Outback STARLINK® infotainment touchscreen is 11.6 inches in size, while the RAV4 has an 8-inch Premium Audio infotainment system. And the Outback model's 12-speaker Harman Kardon® premium audio system has an additional speaker that the RAV4 model's 11-speaker JBL® system doesn't have.

A family unloading a 2020 Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4

Protect your loved ones when you choose either a 2020 Subaru Outback or a 2020 Toyota RAV4. Both models provide high-beam assist and blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert. The Outback model's blind spot detection system also includes lane change assist. Exploring the safety features included in the Outback model's EyeSight® driver assist technology suite in the following list.

  • Advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering
  • Pre-collision braking
  • Lane departure and sway warning
  • Lane keep assist
2020 Subaru Outback in green

Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4
Exterior Design

Both the 2020 Toyota RAV4 and 2020 Subaru Outback have distinct exterior styles. The Outback has 18-inch black with machine finish aluminum-alloy wheels, and the RAV4 includes 19-inch super chrome-finished alloy wheels. Both SUVs also include a hands-free power rear gate, perfect for loading groceries and heavy suitcases. Explore the following list for other striking 2020 Outback exterior features.

  • LED steering responsive headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • Roof rails
  • Body-color door handles
  • Folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals

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