2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Subaru Outback

The Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular SUVs in the United States, and it’s easy to see why with beautiful styling, roomy and refined interior, advanced driver assistance technologies, and a pleasing blend of performance and efficiency. One of the competitors of the Highlander is the Subaru Outback. See how they stack up in this 2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Subaru Outback comparison.

On the performance front, the Toyota Highlander easily outmuscles the Subaru Outback. Its standard 2.7L four-cylinder engine doles out 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, compared to 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque for the standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine in the Outback. The Highlander’s available 3.5L V6 engine churns out 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, compared to 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque for the Outback’s available 3.6L V6 engine. Also, unlike the Outback, the Highlander offers a fuel-efficient hybrid version. Do you have towing needs? The Highlander has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, compared to 2,700 pounds for the Outback.

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Engine Comparison

2019 Toyota HighlanderVS2019 Subaru Outback
295-hp/263 lb-ftMax. Horsepower/Torque256 lb-ft/247 lb-ft
YesHybrid OptionNo
5,000 poundsMax. Towing Capacity2,700 pounds
8Max. Seating Capacity5

Differences Between the 2019 Toyota Highlander and 2019 Subaru Outback

Another advantage for the Toyota Highlander is its roomy interior. It offers seating for up to eight passengers, compared to the five-passenger seating capacity of the Outback. The Highlander has a total passenger volume of 144.9 cu-ft, compared to 108.1 cu-ft for the Outback. The Highlander has more storage space as well, with a maximum cargo capacity of 83.7 cu-ft, compared to 73.3 cu-ft for the Outback.

With the Toyota Highlander, you and your passengers can enjoy many premium features. This includes the panoramic sunroof, the rear-seat Blue-ray Disc entertainment system, the three-zone automatic climate control system, and the 12-speaker Premium JBL Audio system.

Here at Jimmy Vasser Toyota, we invite SUV shoppers in the Napa-area to come test drive the fantastic 2019 Toyota Highlander!

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