Compare 2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Subaru Outback
2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Subaru Outback


2021 Toyota RAV4

2.5L 4cyl


2.5L 4cyl
182 HP


203 HP
26 city / 33 hwy*

Fuel Economy

27 city / 35 hwy*

Serving Cary, NC

The Subaru Outback at Johnson Subaru of Cary is one of the most performance-oriented SUVs on the road. The Outback has been around for 25 years and gets even more popular as time goes by. With its appealing combination of durability, versatility, and comfort, it's easy to see what makes the Outback a car that everyone wants to drive. This year, more safety technology is added to the Subaru Outback that makes it even safer at all trim levels. The Outback also has a smooth, precise, and comfortable ride, and its ground clearance is above average. With all of these assets, the Subaru easily outdoes the competition, including the 2021 Toyota RAV4, in several key ways.


When you schedule a 2021 Subaru Outback online test drive through Johnson Subaru of Cary, you'll see that the Subaru has impressive performance capabilities. The Subaru Outback is powered by a 2.5L engine that has four cylinders. The Outback's engine creates up to 182 HP in power, and it generates a maximum of 176 LB-FT in torque. With the Outback comes an automatic transmission and Subaru's advanced all-wheel drive. More power comes with the XT trim, which gets a turbo engine capable of 260 HP and 277 LB-FT in torque. The Toyota RAV4, in comparison, has one engine for all trim levels. The most power that you'll get with the Toyota is 203 HP. Additionally, front-wheel drive is standard with the Toyota, while all-wheel drive is only available as an upgrade. The Subaru also has superior off-road capabilities and greater ground clearance.

Interior and Features

When you take an online test drive of the Subaru Outback, you'll be able to see all of its standard and optional features. The Subaru comes with a seven-inch touchscreen display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included. You'll get cloth upholstery with the base trim, which is upgraded to leather seats on the top trim levels. A leather steering wheel comes with the Premium trim, which also gets a larger 11.6-inch touchscreen interface. Heated front seats are also added at this trim level. Navigation and a sunroof come with the top trims. The Toyota RAV4 has a less spacious interior compared to the Subaru, and its seats are not as comfortable. Technology options are fewer with the Toyota, which only has an eight-inch touchscreen as the largest display that you can get.


The 2021 Subaru Outback at Johnson Subaru of Cary earns five stars in government crash test ratings. The 2021 Subaru Outback comes standard with Subaru's EyeSight safety technology, which has a number of advanced safety aids. Additional safety aids are offered as options, such as rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. When you compare the safety features offered by trim, the Subaru has more safety amenities than the Toyota.

Take an Online Test Drive

If you want to find out more about the Subaru Outback at Johnson Subaru of Cary, a test drive from home is the perfect opportunity. We offer an online virtual test drive that lets you try out the Subaru first before you decide to buy the car online. With our test drive from home, you can explore all of the Subaru's features in greater detail and decide on the trim level that you want to get. The video test drive is simple to arrange from your own house using a smartphone or computer. With the click of a button you can start your 360 video, which gives you a preview of the Subaru Outback inside and out. If you have questions during your Subaru Outback online test drive, don't hesitate to let us know. A friendly associate from Johnson Subaru of Cary will be along for your test ride to answer any questions that you have about the Outback.

Contact Johnson Subaru of Cary today for more details about the latest Outback and to schedule a 2021 Subaru Outback online test drive.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.