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2018 Toyota 4Runner vs 2018 Subaru Outback

Split screen images of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner and the 2018 Subaru Outback

Active drivers looking for a new off-road adventure vehicle are likely looking at crossover and SUV models built with the capability to handle trips off smooth pavement. Two contenders that could fit the bill for shoppers are the 2018 Toyota 4Runner and the 2018 Subaru Outback.

In terms of interior versatility, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner offers five-passenger and seven-passenger configurations and 89.7 cubic feet of space in the cargo area compared to the 2018 Subaru Outback that has room for five passengers only and a much smaller 73.3 cubic feet. If you are looking for a smaller footprint, the 2018 Outback may offer what you need but for bigger trips into the outdoors the added space and functionality of the 2018 4Runner is appealing.

2018 Toyota 4Runner


2018 Subaru Outback

$34,810 Starting MSRP $25,895
4.0-liter V6 Base Engine 2.5-liter four-cylinder
5/7 Seating Capacity 5
89.7 cubic feet Base Cargo Space 73.3 cubic feet

Which Vehicle Offers More Off-Road Ability?

While both models offer off-road capability, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner offers a more robust set of features that help to cement it as the off-road front-runner. The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is available with TRD Bilstein shocks, 4WD with Active Traction Control, Toyota Crawl Control, a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Multi-Terrain Select, and more that work together to provide traction and control on even the most unforgiving terrain. The 2018 Subaru Outback comes with all-wheel drive and an available Active Torque Vectoring system that are both quite capable but perhaps better suited to light off-roading or driving during inclement weather.

Not only are the specialty features on the 2018 Toyota 4Runner a little more robust than the offerings on the 2018 Subaru Outback, but the 2018 4Runner also has an almost one-inch advantage when it comes to ground clearance. The ground clearance on the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is 9.6-inches compared to the 8.7-inch ground clearance on the 2018 Subaru Outback.

Overall, if you have some serious off-road plans and need a large and capable ride, we would suggest the 2018 Toyota 4Runner for its specialty features and added interior space. See what it has to offer in person at the Serra Toyota dealership in Birmingham, Alabama. Sign up for a test drive in person or via our online scheduling tool and we can have the 2018 4Runner ready and waiting for you.

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