Compare 2017 Subaru Outback VS Toyota Highlander Models

Compare 2017 Subaru Outback VS Toyota Highlander Models
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Renick Subaru Compares the 2017 Subaru Outback to the 2017 Toyota Highlander

The SUV has become one of the most popular choices for families and individuals alike thanks to more room, capability, and versatility. Because they are so popular, nearly every manufacturer has their versions of SUV models spanning a range of sizes and abilities. Subaru has continued to be among the top brands for growth in the industry, and Toyota also enjoys a long-held reputation for quality. So, how does the impressive new 2017 Subaru Outback compare to the 2017 Toyota Highlander? We looked at the facts, and you can see some of what we found in the comparison below. Read through and then come test drive the new Outback at Renick Subaru serving Orange County.

2017 Subaru Outback2017 Toyota Highlander
$25,645Starting MSRP$30,630
Standard FeatureAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
25 City - 32 HighwayEntry Level Fuel Economy (MPG)20 City - 24 Highway
2,700 PoundsEntry Level Towing Capacity1500 Pounds
2017 Subaru Outback Interior Styling vs Toyota Highlander
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Design Comparison Between 2017 Subaru Outback and 2017 Toyota Highlander

While the new Subaru Outback and the Toyota Highlander are well designed vehicles when it comes to looks, there are some significant differences. The new Subaru Outback starts out with a price tag that's essentially $6,000 more affordable than the Toyota Highlander. The extra money does provide the Toyota with a third-row seat that you may find more suitable for small children than grown adults. With all seats in place, you'll only get 13.8 cubic feet of space for cargo in the Toyota where the Subaru Outback provides 35.5 cubic feet of space with all seats in place. If you need more room for cargo, a roof rack is standard on every new Subaru Outback but costs more as an upgrade for the Highlander.

2017 Subaru Outback

Performance Comparison Between 2017 Subaru Outback and 2017 Toyota Highlander

When we looked at the performance, we were amazed to find that the far more expensive Toyota Highlander starts out with practically the same horsepower as the much lighter Subaru Outback. This also means that you'll enjoy significantly better fuel economy in a Subaru Forester. What's more, the Subaru Outback can tow substantially more than the Toyota Highlander at the entry level. While you could spend even more money for a higher trim level Toyota Highlander equipped with a V6 engine, you can do the same with the new Subaru Outback and still save a huge amount of money over the Toyota. You also get Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive standard while the Toyota version of all-wheel drive will cost more as an upgrade. Consider that every Subaru Outback is also equipped with an acclaimed BOXER engine, and it's clear that where performance is concerned, Subaru is the way to go.

2017 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison Between 2017 Subaru Outback and 2017 Toyota Highlander

When it comes to your next SUV, ensuring that it's among the safest vehicles available is important. No two names have enjoyed the reputation for quality and safety that Subaru and Toyota has. With 96% of all Subaru models sold over the last decade still on the road and going strong, Subaru continues to back up its reputation. The new 2017 Subaru Outback and the 2017 Toyota Highlander are both recognized as being particularly safe, and they share similar features such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and more. However, there are some key differences beyond how much more affordable the Subaru Outback is. When independent experts at the NHTSA subjected both models to crash tests, the Subaru Outback earned top 5-star ranks for every crash test. The Toyota Highlander only managed a 4-star rating in the event of a frontal crash. Additionally, the new Subaru Outback comes standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive for superior traction during emergency maneuvers and on slick roads.

Research Your Next New Vehicle with Renick Subaru in Fullerton, CA

At Renick Subaru, we've been doing it right for over 60 years so you can enjoy shopping for your next new vehicle. Everyone will tell you that their brand is the best, but we prove it with the facts in competitive comparison pages like this one. You'll find more information in our Subaru model pages. Once you have an idea of which model you would like to look closer at, you're sure to find the perfect one in our huge inventory of the new Subaru lineup. Regularly updated specials make it easier to upgrade, and our finance team is one of the best. Schedule your next test drive easily online, give us a call, or stop by our convenient location at 1100A S. Euclid St, Fullerton, CA 92832. We're proud to serve Long Beach and Costa Mesa, CA and can't wait to meet you at Renick Subaru.

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