Subaru Outback vs Toyota Highlander

When you're actively seeking an SUV to help get around the Dover, Middletown, and Odessa areas, you may want to consider the Subaru Outback. This vehicle has impressed many drivers over the years with its impressive abilities and efficiency. However, some drivers seem to prefer the Toyota Highlander. To help you decide between these two vehicles, we're going to delve deeper to show how these vehicles compare.

We'll look closely at the 2017 Subaru Outback and the Toyota Highlander. We'll focus our attention on vehicle handling and efficiency, entertainment and technology amenities, and safety features. By reading this vehicle comparison, you'll be able to easily decide which vehicle is right for you.

Subaru Outback vs Toyota Highlander: Vehicle Handling and Efficiency

The Subaru Outback is equipped with a 2.5L Subaru BOXER® engine paired with the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. This engine lays flat under the hood and features horizontally opposed valves that help distribute engine power into the equally impressive Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. This system provides superior handling and agility while tackling the roughest roads and tightest corners.

The Toyota Highlander features a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. For handling, this SUV features front-wheel drive, which is effective, but not nearly as reliable as the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. In terms of efficiency, the low center of gravity offered by the BOXER® engine allows it to get an EPA-estimated 25/33 MPG city/highway. The Toyota Highlander falls short with its 20/25 MPG city/highway fuel economy.

Entertainment and Technology Amenities

Both vehicles feature high-resolution touchscreens that can be used to access the radio and the CD/MP3 player. The Subaru Outback also features HD Radio, which lets you listen to radio stations at a much higher sound quality than a traditional radio. This radio has iTunes tagging, which lets you bookmark a song to download later. Each vehicle also has Bluetooth® connectivity, which lets you make and receive hands-free phone calls from the road.

Safety Features

In terms of collision protection, both vehicles feature advanced airbag systems. Front passengers get protection from the front airbags and the seat-mounted side airbags. All passengers get coverage from the side curtain airbags.

The Subaru Outback features Vehicle Dynamics Control and the Toyota Highlander has Vehicle Stability Control. These systems will keep your vehicle on track during slippery conditions by applying brake pressure to wheels with low traction while reducing engine speed. Despite these vehicles having similar safety features, the Subaru Outback has the advantage with its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, due to its agile handling with evasive maneuvers.

Schedule Your Test Drive

In this article, you learned all about the Subaru Outback vs. Toyota Highlander. You learned that the Subaru Outback offers more in each of the above categories. You could always learn more about the 2017 Subaru Outback by getting behind the wheel.

Schedule your test drive with us at Winner Subaru, the dealership that proudly serves drivers in the Dover, Middletown, and Odessa areas.

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