Take A Look at How the Outback Stands Out


The 2019 Subaru Outback is the perfect choice for a buyer who values the shape and driving style of a wagon but also requires the extra capability typically associated with an SUV.

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The 2019 Outback has two available engine options. The first is an efficient 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower, and the second is a 3.6-liter flat-six with 256 hp. Both options are fully automatic transmissions and come complete with an active all-wheel-drive system, making the Outback capable of tackling almost any kind of road conditions. Consumers will be pleased to learn that the Outback is capable of towing up to 2,700 pounds with it, too.

Comparatively, the Toyota RAV4 models are only available with a 2.5-liter gas engine. The RAV4 has a slightly lower engine output of 203 horsepower with available upgrades, as compared to the 256 hp offered by the Subaru’s upgraded model. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes with the options of front-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive, as compared to the all-wheel-drive as the standard option on the Outback. The RAV4 has an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission that is comparable to that of the Outback.

Ground Clearance

Drivers will feel confident on all terrains in the Outback thanks to the high ground clearance, measuring a full 8.7 inches at its lowest point. This beats even the upgraded ground clearance of the RAV4 found in the raised SE and Adventure models. The Outback’s traction control works well to quell wheel spin when driving on loose surfaces, perfect for weekend adventures off-roading, or simply driving on slippery road conditions, making this vehicle a fun, yet dependable choice for consumers.

Cargo Space

In terms of utility, consumers will be impressed by the hefty rear cargo area of the Outback, providing a solid 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space. There are convenient features such as a fold-down grocery bag hook and cargo hooks at each corner. The 60/40-split rear seats fold down from the side. With folded seats, the max cargo volume delivered is a massive 73.3 cubic feet.

Comparatively, the RAV4 offers a volume of 38.4 cubic feet with the rear seats in place and 73.4 cubes with them folded, which slightly beats the Outback, but the RAV4 lacks a center pass-through, making storage options more limited.

For smaller storage spaces, the Kansas City Subaru Outback has plenty of available cupholders and has a large compartment in front of the shifter useful for holding phones. Additional storage can be found in the large center console box, useful for storing gadgets such as cameras and other accessories.

For a family-oriented customer, the Outback delivers on all aspects of storage. The RAV4 offers the ability to access storage compartments, but they are not user-friendly due to being small and oddly shaped, limiting their utility.

Interior & Styling

Drivers will be incredibly comfortable on even the longest of rides thanks to the soft, supportive seats of the 2019 Subaru Outback. The standard seats have a luxurious feel thanks to the supple leather, generously wide cushions, and decent lateral bolstering. All passengers benefit from the cushioned armrests, and the driver’s seat has power lumbar support for long trips on the road. The designers at Subaru built the rear seats with the ability to recline, yet again keeping the comfort of passengers in mind.

In the RAV4, lumbar support adjustments are only available through upgrades to the more expensive SE model, and only the driver seat is height-adjustable. The standard seat material is cloth, and to compete with the feel of luxurious leather of the Outback, the consumer must upgrade yet again, with no option available for real leather. The interior upgrades for the RAV4 are to SofTex vinyl, covering the seats in top four trims, but unlike other faux leathers, it’s obviously vinyl. In terms of interior space, rear seating is large enough for three, but an oddly placed middle seat-belt anchor decreases the utility of this space.

In terms of noise, drivers will be pleased by the Outback’s soft, comfortable ride. The hefty suspension completely eliminates small ripples and bumps, making for a smooth, seamless ride. Wind and tire noise are minimal, and although the engine can get loud at high rpm, the CVT automatic rarely lets it get up that high. A driver must upgrade to the SE model for the RAV4, to find suspension and noise that is comparable to the Outback in that it improves handling and quiets the ride.

Style-savvy consumers will be pleased by the sleek yet soft interior of the Outback. Features feel solid and dependable. The RAV4 pales in comparison due to mainly hard plastic details throughout, and overall utilitarian design.

Technology & Features

Technology is where the Outback truly shines. Bright, high-contrast displays, with clear text and large buttons, make the Outback both user-friendly and visually appealing. Device pairing is incredibly simple, and there are several charging ports to make sure your devices are always ready for use. Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay let you easily connect any mobile device to use Google Maps or Apple Maps to handle navigation duty. The RAV4 simply does not deliver here, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and multiple USB ports not currently available.

In the Subaru Outback, almost all features can be controlled by voice with the STARLINK voice recognition system, capable of handling commands for audio, telephone, and the climate control system, with an optional upgrade to include voice-controlled navigation as well. The voice control capabilities are less user-friendly in the RAV4 but do work well with the Siri Eyes Free program if used with an iPhone.

Driver aids are both technologically savvy and safety-forward in the Outback. Subaru’s EyeSight provides adaptive cruise control, front collision mitigation, and lane departure warning standard in all models. Blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors and cruise control are other standard features. The RAV4 also performs well in driver aids with standard forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. The blind-spot warning is optional with an upgrade to the LE model. Overall it is clear that the 2019 Subaru Outback in Kansas City is the superior SUV given its power, and special features.

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