Subaru Outback vs Toyota Highlander

Subaru drivers are known for their passion, and for good reason. Subaru simply knows how to make a ride like no one else. The 2018 Subaru Outback brings the famous Subaru rugged reliability and matches it with the classic Subaru safety. While it does face some competition from the 2018 Toyota Highlander, the 2018 Subaru Outback is the superior vehicle. Here are just a few reasons why.

Power and Performance

  • The standard trim of the 2018 Subaru Outback can tow up to 2,700 pounds. The standard trim of the 2018 Toyota Highlander can only tow up to 1,500 pounds. Subaru offers more power right out of the gate.
  • Like all Subaru models (except for the Subaru BRZ), the 2018 Subaru Outback features standard Subaru all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive costs extra on the 2018 Toyota Highlander.
  • The standard 2018 Subaru Outback gets an EPA-estimated 25/32/28 city/highway/combined mpg. The standard 2018 Toyota Highlander only gets 21/27/23 city/highway/combined mpg, and that decreases even further when equipped with all-wheel drive.

Technology and Safety

  • Both the 2018 Subaru Outback and the 2018 Toyota Highlander received a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as a five-star side-crash rating. However, the 2018 Subaru Outback received a five-star frontal crash rating; the 2018 Toyota Highlander received only four stars.
  • The 2018 Subaru Outback received a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2018 Toyota Highlander received a Top Safety Pick; still impressive, but not as good as Subaru.
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay both come standard on the 2018 Subaru Outback, as well as a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not available on the Toyota Highlander, or any other Toyota model.


  • The 2018 Subaru Outback has an MSRP of $25,895. The 2018 Toyota Outback has an MSRP of $31,030-almost $5,000 more. That gets even higher if you want to add all-wheel drive.

Come See for Yourself

In the crossover world, Subaru is unparalleled. Come take the 2018 Subaru Outback for a test drive today to see what sets it apart from the rest. Just give us a call at (888) 451-2118 to schedule one, or pay us a visit here in Lakeland, FL to set one up in person. We can't wait to meet you.