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Comparing the 2018 Subaru Outback to the 2018 Toyota Highlander at Subaru Superstore in Phoenix

You don't have to waste your money on a big, sturdy, off-road-capable SUV. Instead, consider the big, sturdy, off-road-capable 2018 Subaru Outback, a wagon with adventurous sensibilities. We've done the research and in the areas our customers care about most - safety, reliability, performance, comfort and price - the 2018 Toyota Highlander is no match for the utility and value the 2018 Subaru Outback has to offer. We're so confident you'll prefer the Subaru, we invite you to keep reading about what sets the 2018 Outback apart, then stop by our dealer showroom in Chandler and experience the superior vehicle for yourself. How do you like them apples?

2018 Subaru Outback2018 Toyota Highlander
$25,895Starting MSRP$31,030
25 mpg City / 32 mpg HighwayFuel Economy (Base Model)20 mpg City / 24 mpg Highway
2,700 lbsBase Towing Capacity1,500 lbs
2018 Top Safety Pick +IIHS Safety Awards2018 Top Safety Pick

Which Vehicle has the Superior Design? 2018 Subaru Outback VS 2018 Toyota Highlander

Judge it by its size, do you? Unless you absolutely need a third row of seats (in which case keep an eye out for the all-new Subaru Ascent coming this year), the 2018 Subaru Outback is a more practical buy than the 2018 Toyota Highlander. That extra row of seats means there's a mere 13.8 cubic feet of available space in the trunk of the Highlander - the Outback provides a downright massive 35.5 feet of trunk space. Standard roof rails plus more standard towing capacity means the 2018 Subaru Outback can carry everything the 2018 Toyota Highlander wants to and more. Generous ground clearance and protective body panels on the 2018 Outback make the Subaru the clear winner off the road as well as on it.

2018 Subaru Outback Exterior Design

Comparing Performance of the 2018 Subaru Outback and the 2018 Toyota Highlander

No matter if you're sitting in traffic or sailing down a dirt road, you'd rather do it in a 2018 Subaru Outback than a 2018 Toyota Highlander. While the Outback develops 175 stock horsepower (10 fewer than you get from the Highlander), it also weighs a full half-ton less than the Highlander. As a result, the base 2018 Subaru Outback makes virtually the same 0-60 time as the 2018 Toyota Highlander. That goes double for the sport trim - where the V6 Highlander makes a whopping 296 Horsepower, the available H6 in the 2018 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring manages 256 horsepower. Yet it still keeps up with the bigger, shoutier 2018 Toyota Highlander, with both vehicles getting to 60 mph in 7 seconds. The 2018 Subaru Outback does all this while making 5 more MPG in the city and 6 more on the highway than the 2018 Toyota Highlander.

2018 Toyota Highlander Exterior Styling

5-Star Safety of the 2018 Subaru Outback VS the 2018 Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Subaru Outback received a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ selection from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - the organization's highest award. The 2018 Highlander, while still impressive, only managed the standard Top Safety Pick. Active Front Seat Restraints are standard on the 2018 Subaru Outback. These are designed to mitigate whiplash in the event of a collision, and you can't get active headrests on the 2018 Toyota Highlander. All that adds up to a perfect 5-star frontal crash overall rating for the 2018 Subaru Outback from the National Highway Transport Safety Administration. They gave the 2018 Toyota Highlander just four stars.

At Subaru Superstore of Chandler, There is Simply No Comparison

For the best possible new car-buying experience, start and end your search with Subaru Superstore, serving Mesa and Scottsdale. Subaru is proud to make the vehicles that have won more 2017 Kelley Blue Book awards - including the all-important 5-year lowest cost-to-own awards - than any other carmaker. ALG says Subaru cars, crossovers and SUVs will maintain their value over time better than any other brand. Visit our dealership location in Chandler today and our friendly sales team will help find the Subaru that ticks every box on your new car wishlist. You can view our online inventory of more than 700 new and used vehicles, schedule a test drive, or stop by our service department to keep the Subaru you already have in tip-top shape. You'll quickly see why we are Arizona's #1 volume Subaru dealer.

2018 Subaru Outback vs 2018 Toyota Highlander Comparison
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