2018 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Subaru Outback

For well over two decades, the Toyota RAV4 has been dominating the compact crossover segment. It is a steep class, filled with viable options for different types of drivers, but the RAV4 tends to remain one of the ultimate options. However, another outstanding choice has recently surfaced: the Subaru Outback. We thought we’d see how these two segment leaders stack up against one another by comparing the 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Subaru Outback.

The table just below takes a look at a few of the most important specification to consider when shopping for a compact crossover like these. We thought we’d work our way through the table row by row to give you a better idea of where each vehicle lies, and in case you haven’t figured it out yet – they’re extremely comparable to one another.

2018 Toyota RAV4


2018 Subaru Outback

176 HP Horsepower 175 HP
26 mpg Combined Fuel Efficiency 28 mpg
38.4 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 35.5 cu. ft.
5 Seating Capacity 5

Advantages of the 2018 RAV4

The first row looks at power, in which the RAV4 technically has an advantage, but it’s only by one horsepower which would hardly ever be noticeable in any real fashion. Alternatively, the second row looks at fuel efficiency, in which the Subaru Outback takes over by achieving an extra two miles per gallon. Once again, quite similar to one another but hardly even noticeable. In the long run, however, the Outback will save you a bit of change at the pump.

The third row gives us our first indication at a real advantage, as the Toyota RAV4 offers an extra 2.9 cubic feet of space for cargo behind its back row of seats. That’s not a mind-blowing advantage, by any means, but it is quite a bit of space when it comes to room for groceries or an extra backpack on a road trip.

If you think you might be interested in a 2018 Toyota RAV4 of your own, be sure to get in touch with us right here at Arlington Toyota.