Last post on Jul 17, 2007 at 6:08 AM
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Subaru Outback, Toyota RAV4, Car Buying, SUV
#1 of 2 Subaru Outback 2007 or 2008 vs. Toyota RAV4
Jul 16, 2007 (9:36 pm)
Debating between Ouback 2007 or 2008 and Toyota RAV 4.
Need to put 2 car seats in the back seat, live in snow country and will drive the car 80+ miles a day for work.
I assme the Outack does better in snow, but having a hard time determining the real MPG difference and reliability/maintenance issues with each vehicle.
Also, any major differences between Outback 2007 and 2008?
#2 of 2 Re: Subaru Outback 2007 or 2008 vs. Toyota RAV4 [agsm]
Jul 17, 2007 (6:08 am)
The 08s got a face lift, but otherwise only minor differences. The Outback sedan is discontinued but sounds like you want a wagon anyway.
Do you want a sport/cute or a capable wagon? That's the bottom line.
RAV4 has more space, offers a V6 that runs on regular fuel, and even offers a 3rd row. They're all automatics now. The rear gate swings open the wrong way and blocks curb side loading.
Outback handles better, should be much easier to park, offers a turbo with a manual transmission. The AWD is more sophisticated but no 3rd row and less cargo space. The liftgate shields you from the rain.
For me, I like the 2GR Toyota V6 but the rear gate and poor visibility crossed it off my list. I actually ended up with a Sienna minivan, which has more room and better visibility for less money, plus I got power doors as a bonus.
If I wanted something sportier and more nimble it would be Outback all the way. The RAV4 falls in between but just makes many compromises - it isn't small and sporty and it's not really roomy and practical the way a van is.