2024 Subaru Outback vs 2023 Toyota HighlanderView Inventory
Comparing the 2024 Subaru Outback vs 2023 Toyota Highlander may not be the most obvious comparison, but it is one that provides more food for thought than you may expect. Many consumers don’t realize that these are both midsize vehicles. The 2024 Subaru Outback available at Stivers Decatur Subaru has two rows and seats up to five. The 2023 Toyota Highlander has three rows and seats up to eight. If you need those additional seats, then the Outback isn’t a good comparison. But what if you don’t? What if you remove the third row, store it and never even consider it again?
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Any breakdown of the 2024 Subaru Outback vs 2023 Toyota Highlander has to start with MSRP as the price difference will color the comparison moving forward. The starting MSRP for the Outback is $28,895. The starting MSRP for the Highlander is $36,620. In terms of size, the vehicles are much closer than many suspect at a glance. The Outback wheelbase measures 108.1 inches, and the overall length is 191.3 inches, which is a bit shy of 16 feet. The Highlander wheelbase is 112.2 inches, and the overall length is 194.9 inches and thus a tad more than 16 feet. Ground clearance is a consideration as well. The Highlander provides a respectable 8.0 inches. The Highlander, however, boast an impressive 8.7 inches, which you can increase to 9.5 inches by choosing the off-road-oriented Wilderness trim.
For this comparison, the 2024 Subaru Outback and 2023 Toyota Highlander are five-passenger vehicles—or four in the case of the Toyota if you opt for the second-row captain’s chairs. The Subaru is roomier up front offering 40.1 and 42.8 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively, compared to 39.6 and 42.0 inches in the Toyota. Second-row legroom is greater in the Subaru as well by 0.8 inches at 39.1 inches. Dedicated cargo space is where the Highlander has the advantage at an impressive 48.4 cubic feet, but the Outback is quite spacious in its own right at 32.6 cubic feet.
Subaru Outback Mechanical specs
The 2024 Subaru Outback provides superior fuel performance to the 2023 Toyota Highlander, and this is true no matter the options you may choose. Subaru has designed the Outback as an all-wheel-drive SUV. Toyota has designed the Highlander as a front-wheel-drive SUV, but AWD is an option with all trim levels. Subaru offers two powertrains. The standard powertrain pairs a continuously variable transmission with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine: 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The optional powertrain pairs the CVT with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 260 hp and 277 lb.-ft. Every Highlander has the same powertrain, which pairs an eight-speed automatic with a turbocharged 2.4-liter: 265 hp and 309 lb.-ft. Trailering equipment is available. The Outback with the base engine can tow up to 2,700 pounds. The Outback with the optional engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds, and the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
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The base infotainment suite for the Outback features dual 7-inch touch screens, and Stivers Decatur Subaru offers an 11.6-inch screen as an option. The Highlander has an 8-inch screen and offers a 12.3-inch screen as an option. The standard driver-assistance technologies are comparable between the two models. Both require you to step up one or more trim levels to get all advanced driver aids, but you can get everything Subaru offers at a lower MSRP than you can with the Toyota.
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