Compare the Subaru Outback to Models from Toyota, Ford, and Honda

When you're shopping for a new family vehicle like a wagon or an SUV, there are so many options it can be hard to find the perfect one for your needs. If you're looking at a larger, midsize SUV like the Toyota Highlander, or compact SUVs like the Ford Escape and Honda CRV, it's worth looking at the Subaru Outback instead. The Outback has a wagon body style, which has surprising benefits over large and bulky SUVs. Comparable prices, options and packages make these three strong contenders, but with a clear winner.

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Subaru Outback VS Toyota Highlander


  • Two Engine Options including 6-cylinder
  • Better towing capacity
  • Better Fuel Economy
  • Outback has an overall length of 189-inches, compared to the Highlanders 191-inches

Why choose a large, oversized vehicle when you need passenger space and cargo space. The base model 2.7L engine on the Escape offers more horsepower than the base 2.5L engine on the Subaru Outback, but you lose fuel efficiency, for a minimal power gain. The Outback can tow up to 2700lbs when properly equipped, and the Highlander can only tow 1500lbs. The benefits are starting to stack up in favor of the Outback.

The Highlander has seating for eight, compared to seating for five in the Outback, but the number don't tell the whole story. When you consider passenger comfort, cargo space and interior quality, the Outback really shines. You'll love the Subaru StarLink infotainment system, standard on all Outback models that comes standard with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The Toyota Highlander has a clunky and unintuitive infotainment system that can feel more frustrating than it is fun.

Subaru Outback VS Ford Escape


  • Subaru EyeSight Technology offers more safety features than Ford Escape
  • More passenger space
  • More cargo space
  • Four-wheel drive only offered as an option on the Escape

A slightly smaller SUV than the Highlander, like the Ford Escape can seem like a great choice, but when you compare it to the value and quality of the Subaru Outback, the choice is clear. The Ford Escape and Subaru Outback both sport a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, but the Outback outstrips the Ford Escape in fuel efficiency and performance, thanks to the BOXER engine and continuously variable transmission. The Subaru Outback proves that you don't have to sacrifice drivability to get excellent fuel economy.

All-wheel drive is standard on the Subaru Outback, and provides superior handling and traction, no matter what conditions the roads of Bellevue hold. Standard front-wheel drive on the Ford Escape can be equipped with a 4-wheel drive system, but you'll have to pay more to get that feature. Another surprising feature is the fact that the Subaru Outback has an even tighter turning radius compared to the overall shorter length, Ford Escape.

Subaru Outback VS Honda CR-V


  • More sophisticated AWD system
  • Outback has 8.7" ground clearance, CR-V has 8.2"
  • Outback has 108 cubic feet of passenger space, CR-V has 103 cubic feet.
  • Up to 3000lbs towing capacity, compared to CR-V having 1500lbs.
  • Both have a CVT transmission

The Honda CRV when compared to the Subaru Outback doesn't have quite the same value when you get down to the details. The Outback offers greater visibility for drivers thanks to taller and wider tailgate class and side windows. The sloping roofline of the CR-V makes for a sportier look, but you sacrifice visibility for looks. Integrated into the roof rails of the Outback are swinging cross bars so you can store them out of the way when they aren't in use. The Honda CR-V does offer a roof rack system, but it is only available as an additional feature.

Upgrade your Subaru Outback to an available 3.6L 6-cylinder engine over the standard 4-cylinder for added power and performance. The Honda CR-V doesn't offer any power upgrades, so you're stuck with what you get. Optional safety features on both include things like pre-collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and more. You can up your standard front-wheel drive Honda CR-V to an optional all-wheel drive system. When you consider that Subaru models were built from the ground up as all-wheel drive, the technology is smooth and sophisticated. The Honda CR-V just takes the standard front-wheel drive and adds hardware to it, so it isn't as seamless.

Crossover Conventions with the Subaru Outback

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