2016 Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4

The 2016 Subaru Outback and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 are two of the most refreshing mid-size crossovers available. Both are big on modern safety equipment, spacious seating, and modern style. Before you purchase your new crossover, read our side-by-side comparison to find out which model best suits your needs.

2016 Outback vs Toyota Rav4

Power and Performance

This race was nearly too close to call, but the 2016 Subaru Outback’s standard all-wheel drive and impressive fuel economy helps it take the lead. Its 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder engine produces 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque for a smooth, refined ride. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission to maximize fuel-efficiency, earning up to 25 city/33 highway mpg. For additional power, test-drive the 3.6R model, which boosts engine output to 256 horses and 247 pound-feet of torque.

The Toyota RAV4 is similarly equipped, with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 176 horses and 172 pound-feet of torque. On the road, it’s comfortable and competent. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic that delivers smooth, responsive gearshifts. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you can add all-wheel drive for optimal performance during wet weather.


The 2016 Subaru Outback impresses with its excellent crash test scores and advanced safety features. In government crash tests, the Outback earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Outback its best score of “Good.” High-tech systems – including blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert – warn you of potential danger to help you avoid careless accidents.

The Toyota RAV4 isn’t far behind, offering its own high-tech features and driver peace of mind. Toyota’s Bird’s Eye View Monitor system includes four cameras on the RAV4’s front, side, and rearview mirrors that help guide you into parallel parking spaces. The pre-collision technology can apply braking force if it senses an impending crash.

Cabin Space and Comfort

The 2016 Subaru Outback’s functional, clean-cut cabin earns our vote of confidence. High-quality materials – including soft-touch items and wood-tone accents – offer an air of luxury. Up front, you’ll love the Outback’s generously padded seats. The rear seats provide substantial space for easygoing road trips. Behind the rear seats, you can fill 35.5 cubic feet of space with weekend bags and grocery hauls. Use the seat’s fold-down levers to expand the cargo hold to a maximum of 73.3 cubes in seconds.

The RAV4 isn’t short on interior style and modern convenience. Dual-zone automatic climate control maintains the perfect cabin temperature, no matter the weather. Niceties like heated front seats and simulated leather upholstery enhance interior luxury.

High-Tech Convenience Features:

Both models are big on modern technology, but we especially like the Toyota RAV4’s new lineup. Standard Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity lets you stream your favorite podcasts and Internet radio stations. The 7-inch touchscreen interface is responsive, giving you easy access to handy infotainment apps. Use the navigation system to get wherever you need to go.

Of course, the 2016 Subaru Outback has plenty of its own high-tech conveniences. The Starlink infotainment interface delivers intuitive, easy-to-use menus and apps that keep you connected on the go. Smartphone integration means you can stream apps like Pandora and Aha. With the upgraded Harman Kardon audio system, you’ll maximize entertainment value with crystal-clear sound.

Learn More about the Subaru Outback

While we like both the 2016 Subaru Outback and the Toyota Rav4 crossovers, the Outback definitely has the overall edge. Its engine options help create a smooth, fuel-efficient ride. Standard all-wheel drive makes the Outback a great pick for drivers who live in rainy or snowy climates. Inside, the cabin is classy and comfortable, creating a great atmosphere for lengthy commutes or family road trips. Use modern tech features to stay connected and protected. Come in and test drive the Outback today!