When it comes to the outdoor activities you love, you need an SUV that can get you around efficiently and safely. The market is full of high-quality SUVs that would serve you and your loved ones well, such as the 2022 Subaru Outback and the 2021 Toyota RAV4.

Both of these SUVs are beneficial in unique ways, but you're not likely looking to buy two cars. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of the 2022 Subaru Outback vs. the 2021 Toyota RAV4 to determine which one would better suit your needs.

And if you're shopping around Wakefield, Reading, or Danvers, MA, come visit us at Ira Subaru to check out our wide range of SUVs for yourself.

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Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Performance

Starting under the hood, how do the 2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 break down in terms of engine performance?  


Subaru Outback

Toyota RAV4





2.4L turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder


Dynamic Force


Hybrid 2.5L Dynamic Force



182 HP

260 HP

203 HP

219 combined HP


176 lb-ft

277 lb-ft

184 lb-ft

176 lb-ft

As we can see, both models offer high-performance engines. But you'll receive the highest speeds and strongest power with the optional 2.4-liter turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine on the Outback.

For the base engines, their EPA-estimated MPG is comparable.

The Outback offers an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG.* The RAV4 offers an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.

In terms of drivetrain, all-wheel drive is optional on the RAV4 but standard on the Outback. With the guaranteed all-wheel drive of the Outback, you'll have an easy time making tight corners on tough terrain.

Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Towing

What is it that you want out of your SUV? Where are you traveling off the road? Out in the woods on a hiking adventure? Down to the waterfront for boating? Deep off the trail for a camping trip? For fun times in this big, grand world, you need a vehicle to get your family and all your gear around.

When looking at the 2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4, both have a lot to offer for cargo and passenger space. But for your heavy-duty gear-a camper, a sailboat, etc.-you'll want to take advantage of your SUV's towing capacity.

The RAV4 offers an impressive max towing capacity of 1,750 pounds when properly equipped (1,500 pounds is the max with the base engine). The Outback, however, has a base towing capacity of 2,700 pounds, although it can tow up to a maximum 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. For your trailer and towing needs, the Outback has you covered.

Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Safety in Technology

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 offers Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 and the Star Safety System™. The 2022 Subaru Outback offers EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology and STARLINK® Safety and Security. These superior technology systems leave the two SUVs with a few base safety features in common, such as:

  • Pre-collision Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

These driver-assist safety systems go a long way to help make driving a breeze both on your daily commute and off-road.

Kicking safety up an extra notch, the Outback carries the optional DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System. This system serves as a virtual copilot, helping you avoid drowsy or distracted driving. This system works to keep you alert with gentle reminders when distracted driving is detected, making it useful both for new and seasoned drivers.

Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4: Explore the Options Today!

Now that we've explored the benefits of the 2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4, both SUVs have much to offer you and your loved ones. When it comes to options for turbocharged engines, towing capacity, and advanced safety, though, the 2022 Subaru Outback delivers.

At Ira Subaru, we're ready to help you get the off-road SUV of your dreams. If you live around Wakefield, Reading, or Danvers, Massachusetts, schedule a test drive today. Safe travels!

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

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