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Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Subaru Outback

2016 Subaru Outback
$657
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Toyota RAV4

2015 Toyota RAV4
$428
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Subaru Outback Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 17th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $657 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the Outback.

Excellent

The Toyota RAV4 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 11th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $428 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the RAV4.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$657
inexpensive
very expensive
$428
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.5
not often
way too often
0.5
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
minor issues
major issues
8%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(25 Reviews)
(45 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(1)
4 star
(11)
3 star
(10)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(1)

The Subaru Outback ranks highest in suspension and ranks lowest in engine.

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“I have a 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5 with 32,000 miles that I bought used in 2012. Four years later I now have less than 52,000 miles on it. After going to the shop 4 times for chugging on accelerati...”

Rating Details
5 star
(7)
4 star
(17)
3 star
(15)
2 star
(6)
1 star
(0)

The Toyota RAV4 ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.

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“I purchased my 2003 Rav 4 in 2006 with just over 30k miles. It had/has been maintained as recommended. It is a 5 speed manual transmission, which I have driven for more than 30 years of experience ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Subaru Outback and the Toyota RAV4 are two different types of SUVs. The Outback is midsize and car-based, so it’s longer and has a lower roof. The RAV4 is less long and taller. The Outback has all-wheel drive as standard equipment, and the RAV4 comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

The standard engines of both vehicles are similar. The Outback comes with 170 horsepower, and the RAV4 has 176 horsepower. The Outback offers an optional engine with 256 horsepower. The RAV4 does not offer an optional engine, but a gasoline-electric hybrid version is available.

The cargo space in these two vehicles is nearly identical. The Subaru Outback has 73.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded, while the Toyota RAV4 has 73.4 cubic feet.

The Subaru Outback and Toyota RAV4 are pretty similar when it comes to everyday usage. If you plan to go off-road, or if you need additional power to tow or carry heavy loads, the Outback is a great choice. If you want a complete suite of advanced driver assistance tech as standard equipment, or the improved fuel economy of a hybrid engine, then the RAV4 will satisfy your needs.


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