Subaru Outback vs the Toyota Competition in Memphis, TN

Against Toyota 4Runner, 2019 Subaru Outback Blazes a Trail -- But Which Pulls Ahead?

There are everyday compact SUVs for the Memphis-area city streets and highways, and then there's the Subaru Outback. For two decades and counting, it has been the rugged vehicle of choice among new Subaru cars and SUVs here in the Mid-South; beloved of outdoor enthusiasts for its legendary capabilities, sterling safety credentials, and comfortable, tech-savvy interiors. The mid-size Toyota 4Runner SUV, too, can claim similar appreciation. Which is better? Check out the comprehensive comparison from our experts here at Jim Keras Subaru, and we think you'll see that the answer's the new Outback -- and in all the ways that matter most.

2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Toyota 4Runner


Where style and utility are concerned, Subaru excels. Outback offers sleeker, more aerodynamic looks than the big and boxy 4Runner, for one. Secondly, you can look forward to the wider availability of luxuries like its power tilting and sliding glass moon-roof. Plus, LED steering-responsive headlights are available in select trims, enabling you to see what's around a corner before you turn -- a feature 4Runner doesn't offer.

Performance and Capabilities

Outback offers a choice of two engines. One's a highly fuel economical 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER. It's a worker, too, capable of 174 pound-feet of torque. Step up a few trim levels, and you gain a 256-horsepower, 3.5-liter model, churning out 247 pound-feet -- an eager accelerator with plenty of turn and pull. 4Runner, on the other hand, offers only one engine, a 270-horsepower, 4.0-liter V6. In other words, Toyota doesn't offer alternatives for the high-efficiency crowd.

By the numbers, Outback gets better fuel economy. Count on up to 25 mpg in cities like Cordova and Bartlett and up to 32 mpg down highways like I-40, according to EPA estimates. 4Runner can achieve only up to 17 mpg and 21 mpg respectively.

Interior and Technologies

Tech-wise, Outback is better equipped. Choose, for one, between 6.5 and 8-inch SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia infotainment systems. Each features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, plus entertainment features built-in like Pandora, Aha, and cloud-based iHeart Radio access. There are dual front-seat USB ports standard for keeping electronics powered, and two more are available in the rear. 4Runner features three Entune systems, but they feature only 6.1-inch screens, there's neither Apple nor Android phone support, there isn't any built-in app interoperability, and you'll find only one USB port.



With Active Torque Vectoring for razor-sharp cornering abilities and standard Subaru Symmetrical AWD with X-MODE, Outback can navigate harsh terrain and tack into foul weather with dependable handling. 4Runner has rear-wheel drive standard, part-time 4WD is only ever available, and there's no steering compensation mode to speak of.

Outback features our automaker's exclusive driver-assistance suite, EyeSight, standard. It acts as an extra set of eyes, helping you stay on course, at safe distances from traffic congestion, and clear of collisions. 4Runner features Toyota's passive Star Safety System, but its active safety system, Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), isn't offered anywhere in the lineup.

Your Outback Experience is Right Over the Horizon -- Take One for a Test Drive at Our Subaru Dealership in Memphis Today!

Eager to see how well it performs elsewhere? Just call us, send us an online inquiry, or drop in at 2110 Covington Pike -- we'll be glad to schedule you for some time behind the wheel. Then, be sure to speak to our Subaru loan and lease professionals about the many affordable rates and terms we make available. You can even take care of applying for auto financing right from home -- just fill out a quick form here on our website. We look forward to meeting you!