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2018 Toyota 4Runner vs 2018 Subaru Outback

No matter where you live or what kind of whether you run into, having a reliable SUV can be a great help in your everyday life. Not only does it have the power needed to get you to and from work, but it also has the space for shopping and hauling gear around. But what SUV is the best fit for you? Here’s what we’ve found out about the 2018 Toyota 4Runner and its competing SUV; the 2018 Subaru Outback.

Before we begin, we want to make you aware that we’ll be taking the base trim for both of these models. That means that the specs and features you’ll be looking at belong to the 2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4dr SUV with the 4.0L 6cyl engine. This is compared to the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i 4dr SUV AWD with the 2.5L 4cyl engine. Now, let’s see what we can find out about these 2 vehicles.

2018 Toyota 4Runner exterior front fascia and passenger side in woods vs 2018 Subaru Outback exterior front fascia and drivers side in woods

2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5


2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i

270 hp Horsepower 175 hp
278 ft.-lbs. Torque 174 ft.-lbs.
5-speed shiftable automatic Transmission CVT
47.2 cu. ft. Cargo space 35.5 cu. ft.

Advantages of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner

As you might expect when you saw the different engines, the 218 Toyota 4Runner has a great deal more power than the 2018 Subaru Outback. While the Outback is by no means weak, the 4Runner simply has much more power, both when it comes to torque and the horsepower. So, if you are looking for a powerful SUV to muscle its way through your day, you just might want to consider the 4Runner.

CVT transmission can either be a plus or minus on a vehicle. Some people enjoy the better gas mileage that you can potentially benefit from when driving a CVT, others dislike the noisier ride and miss being able to shift their vehicle. So, whether or not the 5-speed shiftable automatic on the 4Runner vs the CVT transmission on the Outback is good or bad, we can’t say. This depends entirely on your preferences as a driver.

The 4Runner has an impressive 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space, compared to the Outback’s 35.5 cu. ft. So, both vehicles have plenty of room to haul things around in, but if you value getting as much space as possible in your vehicle, you just might want to check out the 4Runner over the Outback.

Interested in the 2018 4Runner? Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Roberts Toyota. We are always glad to help you find your future Toyota vehicle.