|2018 Toyota 4Runner||vs||2018 Subaru Outback|
|4.0L 6-Cylinder||Engine||2.5L 4-Cylinder|
|270 HP @ 5600 rpm||Horsepower||175 HP @ 5800 rpm|
|17 City/21 Highway mpg*||Fuel Economy||25 City / 32 Highway mpg*|
"It’s no secret that at the core of a superior off-road vehicle lies a body-on-frame construction. 4Runner is one of the last SUVs to still be built this way, keeping true to a heritage that has proven that body-on-frame is the answer to extreme ruggedness."
One of the earliest modern-day SUV nameplates in the market—with a debut year of 1984—the Toyota 4Runner has been a strong perennial presence due to its high-level off-road capability and ample interior space. And it has only grown to be more sophisticated over the past couple of years. The Outback name appeared a full decade later, rivaling the ruggedness and all-weather ability of its Toyota counterpart. Both entered the 2018 model year deep into their fifth production cycles. The Outback does come with some upgrades; the interior and exterior have been refreshed a bit, and the infotainment system now supports Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for smartphone-based control. Although the Toyota car does not have any major changes, it still is the better of the two choices. Here’s why:
True to its off-road orientation, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner eschews the sleek profile of the 2018 Subaru Outback. Instead, it employs a rugged body-on-frame construction, and it is equipped with skid plates to help protect the engine, front suspension, and fuel tank. Plus, fog lights are standard for providing effective, penetrating illumination, which is extremely helpful while on the trail or doing nighttime travelling. They only appear on the upper-level trims of the other vehicle.
Befittingly, both vehicles have a four-wheel drivetrain, which is ideal for driving in all types of weather and terrain. Whether there’s a downpour or snowstorm, the road is slippery, or there are rocks and mud to conquer, either vehicle can perform wonderfully. The four-wheel drive is standard on the 2018 Subaru Outback, as it is on all Subaru vehicles. However, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner does give you the choice of a rear-wheel drivetrain. With the engine placed in the front and power sent to the rear wheels, the vehicle’s handling ability would be boosted. The Outback is powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine, which produces 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. It is completely outgunned by the engine on the other ride: a 4.0-liter V6 that puts out 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque.
Both vehicles are five-seaters. However, the 4Runner provides more passenger volume (144.5 cubic feet compared to 100.9 cubic feet) and maximum cargo volume (89.7 cubic feet compared to 55.3 cubic feet). Also, 8-way power-adjustability and power lumbar support on the driver’s side are standard; you would need to go with the Subaru’s uppermost trim to get a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Toyota vehicles these days are some of the most safety feature-laden rides in the market. And the 2018 4Runner is no exception. Standard on the vehicle are advanced or driver-assistance safety technologies like dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams; you would either need to upgrade the trim of your Outback to have the following or add them as options. And there are others—such as smart stop technology to bring the vehicle to a complete stop if unintended acceleration is detected—that are unavailable on the Subaru vehicle. Also, while the Outback has a driver’s knee airbag, the Toyota ride adds a knee airbag on the front passenger side.
The vehicles share tech features such as Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, infotainment integration (Entune™ on the former, Starlink™ on the latter) complete with a touchscreen, HD Radio™, a rearview camera, and a USB data port and an auxiliary audio jack for playing music from mobile devices. However, on the 4Runner, you will start with eight speakers instead of the six on the Outback. Plus, the 4Runner also has voice recognition technology, Siri® Eyes Free for voice commands, and a free three-month subscription to SiriusXM® satellite radio.
The Toyota difference.
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