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Toyota Highlander, Subaru Outback, Toyota RAV4, Sedan, Wagon
#33 of 115 outback vs Rav4
Nov 25, 2006 (10:23 pm)
Here's our take:
Twin sisters buy 2 new cars within a month of each other.
1 buys outback, the other buys Rav.
Both cars are set up very equal.
The girls try each others car out this weekend the comments are as follows:
outback owner I can't get over how much room your car has.
It seems to be about the same size but the interior is so much roomier. The leather is very comfortable (outback is cloth) mpg is unknown for outback but the owner seems to be happy with over all mpg. this is 2nd outback. she states maybe they should have looked into Toyota, but they had been happy with the outback so they just went ahead and replaced it without looking at any thing else (replacing 1st outback because of accident, totaled it). owner lives in northern IL. so heavy traffic and winter conditions exist.
Rav owner commets about outback:
nice car, rides ok, sounds noisier, seems smaller than Rav. seems to feel as though you are lower to the ground when sitting thus having a car view. In reality the outback was a couple of inches higher when using their legs a measuring sticks (very scientific, ha ha)
Both sisters are very happy for each other in there purchase and I've learned many years ago never do anything but agree when it comes to twins and one of them is your wife.
Rav owner (my wife) on the way home from holiday reunion states you know the reason I like our Rav better is it fits me.
I mean I just sit in the car I don't feel like I'm climbing into a truck (higher vehicle) or falling into a car lower vehicle (example vet),
This is needed because of a serious car motocycle accident where we were broadsided back in 1984. Today she has severe back, leg & neck issues. Heated leather seats are great comfort (first ever for us, but not the last). She loves the swing rear door instead of lift gate. again because of back issues same with stepping into the car over the outback the floor seems to be depressed so problems = pain in the outback. She's 5'2" and the loading height is just perfect. This car of every car we tested won hands down with her. So all that was left was to get the best deal. Absolutely pleased with the overall car.
As far as the Highlander goes nice vehicle but she didn't want to climb into another truck. mpg was same as 2002 explorer ok but nothing to write home about. hybrid highlander was only an insignificant amount better and the price was nuts, tax advantage was already reduced in half when we were looking to buy. so that was a very definite deal breaker, though for us it was never in the running.
2002 still runs fine and now our daughter is driving it. Hope to see 125 to 150k on it, shouldn't be a problem.
so there's the review from the owner of a rav and a twin sister owing a outback and therir comments.
Nov 26, 2006 (1:53 am)
You want displacement for towing. Turbo motors are not going to be real good towing, as much as I love Subarus, I'd go with a V6 or greater for towing (or an H6 for that matter) the low end grunt is what you need to get the weight of a boat trailer going.
#35 of 115 Re: Good discussion guys/gals... [sranger]
Dec 03, 2006 (8:53 am)
sranger....I was in the same boat re heated leather seats. Then I discovered that for the same money you can get aftermarket heated leather which is better quality and there are more color choices.
#36 of 115 Re: Outback vs. Highlander vs. Rav 4? [skicrazy]
Jan 09, 2007 (5:29 pm)
I am the original owner of a 2003 outback 2.5L 4cyl 165hp. My wife just bought a 2007 Rav4. I haven't tried the Rav offroad yet but my guess is it will out perform the Outback offroad. I think the Outback has a nicer ride and handling the Rav feels more truck like while the Outback is more car (even somewhat sporty). The outback does not have enough ground clearance for any serious offroading however it will handle the normal stuff. The subby has great AWD traction. If you want better offroad performance I'd go with the Rav. If your offroading isn't too extreem the Subby will probably do fine.
Jan 09, 2007 (6:46 pm)
Haaa you really think the Rav will do well offroad? I highly doubt that. I'd pit an OB v a RAV4 in any offroad contest. I have lots of experience offroading and the Rav4 is not what I'd want there.
#38 of 115 Re: Outback vs. Highlander vs. Rav 4? [outbackboy]
Jan 09, 2007 (7:33 pm)
Ground clearance - RAV4 - 7.5 inches
Ground clearance - Outback - 8.4 inches!
#39 of 115 Re: Outback vs. Highlander vs. Rav 4? [outbackboy]
Jan 10, 2007 (6:19 am)
The '07 Rav4 has an on-demand AWD. In the past they had a full-time AWD. All Subies have full-time AWD units, which are better for off road use.
The only off-road advantage the Rav4 has over the Outback is a better angle of approach and angle of departure.
A better comparison would be to compare the Rav4 with the Forester, as the Forester has better approach/departure angles than do the Outbacks.
#40 of 115 Re: Outback vs. Highlander vs. Rav 4? [outbackboy]
Jan 10, 2007 (9:21 am)
I would not have any reservations with taking a Rav4 off-road, as long as there was a Subaru along on the trip to pull me out every time I was stuck....
#41 of 115 Re: Outback vs. Highlander vs. Rav 4? [lostwrench]
Jan 10, 2007 (11:27 am)
RAV4 Angles: 29/25
Outback Angles: 18/22
Forester Angles: 22/21
RAV has better angles, outback has better clearance.
#42 of 115 Re: Outback vs. Highlander vs. Rav 4? [lostwrench]
Jan 12, 2007 (10:20 am)
Just to complete the trio:
Ground clearance - Forester - 8.1".
The turbo actually have only 7.9".
Subaru offers an OE rear skid plate, too. They're fine for light duties.