Finding the right SUV for your trips across the Freehold, Englishtown, and Marlboro areas can be a difficult endeavor, especially when vehicles like the 2017 Subaru Outback and the 2017 Toyota Highlander are out on dealership lots. However, choosing between these two prolific vehicles could be tricky, so our team at Freehold Subaru is going to help you learn more so you can be the judge.

We're going to dive in deep and show you how these vehicles differ in performance and efficiency, entertainment and technology, and safety ratings. You'll learn all about what these vehicles offer. By the time you finish our comparison, you'll know which vehicle is right for you.

Subaru Outback vs Toyota Highlander: Performance & Efficiency

The Subaru Outback features a 2.5L 4-cylinder Subaru BOXER® engine that lays flat under the hood. The drag-eliminating engine is paired with the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). The Toyota Highlander is equipped with a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine that's mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Both of these vehicles can easily surpass 170 horsepower, but their real difference lies with fuel efficiency. The Subaru Outback gets an EPA-estimated 25/32 city/highway MPG. The Toyota Highlander falls behind by getting 20/24 city/highway MPG.

Subaru Outback vs Toyota Highlander: Entertainment & Technology

Each SUV is outfitted with a high-resolution touchscreen display that's mounted in the dashboard and allows you to easily select your preferred media. Both vehicles come with an AM/FM radio, a CD/MP3 player, and inputs for USB or auxiliary cords. The Subaru Outback also features connectivity to Pandora®, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher™. The Subaru Outback even features HD Radio™, which provides clearer listening of the radio. This radio also features iTunes® Tagging, which lets you mark a song to download later when it comes on the radio.

The Subaru Outback and Toyota Highlander both feature Bluetooth® connectivity. This feature keeps you connected to family and friends through hands-free phone calls from the road. This system can also be used to stream audio from your smartphone.

Subaru Outback vs Toyota Highlander: Safety Ratings

Both the 2017 Subaru Outback and the 2017 Toyota Highlander participated in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests. Both vehicles performed well enough in their respective crash tests to earn the 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. Despite earning the same accolade, the Toyota Highlander only earned four stars in its front driver side crash test. The Subaru Outback earned five stars in that same crash test category.

Making the Choice That's Right for You

At Freehold Subaru, we had fun exploring the differences between these popular SUVs. However, we saw that the Subaru Outback has a few advantages over the Toyota Highlander. So, if you're still on the fence, why not come by our dealership and check out the 2017 Subaru Outback up close? You can learn a lot about this SUV by taking it out for a spin.

Schedule your test drive with us at Freehold Subaru, the dealership that proudly serves drivers in the Freehold, Englishtown, and Marlboro areas.

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