2019 Subaru Outback

Different Styles, Similar Purposes: Compare the New 2019 Subaru Outback to the New 2018 Toyota Highlander in Bozeman

Put the Outback and Highlander side-by-side, and it might feel like comparing apples to oranges: they might be in the same fruit bowl, but they're definitely not grown from the same seeds. In the same way, Bozeman drivers who are looking for an affordable, stylish, capable all-wheel-drive crossover with a bit of modern smarts could easily choose either the new 2019 Subaru Outback or the 2018 Toyota Highlander--but, there are a lot of differences between the two.

Read on to compare the 2019 Subaru Outback vs 2018 Toyota Highlander to get a deeper look at the similarities and differences between these two top-rated family SUVs.

2019 Subaru Outback
  • Outback: 2-row midsize wagon
  • Outback: starting at $26,345

  • Highlander: 3-row midsize SUV
  • Highlander: starting at $31,230

Interior & Technology

  • Outback's premium cabin offers a lot of standard features
  • A leather interior is more affordable in the Outback
  • Highlander has three rows of seating; Outback has two
  • Highlander is larger overall, so has more total cargo space

The Outback and the Highlander are both designed to be family-ready vehicles that can easily double as commuters and daily drivers. So, whichever you choose, you'll find a nicely decorated cabin. But, the 2019 Outback gives you a lot of standard features even in its Base and Premium trims--the Outback Premium offers heated front seats and a massive touchscreen--while these features will cost you a lot more in the new 2018 Highlander.

2019 Subaru Outback

Safety Features & Ratings

  • The Highlander offers Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P)
  • The Outback offers EyeSight Driver Assistance Features
  • Both vehicles are 5-Star rated for safety
  • The Outback boasts better IIHS ratings overall

Safety is a big consideration for Montana drivers. Both of these crossovers are top-rated by both the NHTSA and the IIHS as good options. The 2018 Toyota Highlander is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The 2019 Outback hasn't yet been rated, but the 2018 Outback was awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus award, and not much has changed for the 2019 MY, so the 2019 MY will likely see similar ratings.

2019 Subaru Outback

Performance & Capability

  • Outback offers up to 32 mpg combined
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on every Outback
  • Highlander offers more standard and available horsepower
  • Both SUVs offer multiple engine options

The Subaru Outback's smaller overall size and lighter weight gives it a huge advantage over the Highlander in terms of performance and fuel economy. The 2019 Outback offers a 175-horsepower four-cylinder BOXER or a 256-horsepower six-cylinder BOXER engine. The 2018 Highlander comes standard with a 185-horsepower four-cylinder or a 295-horsepower V6 engine. All-wheel drive comes standard on every new Outback, but is a pricey addition on the Highlander. While the Highlander may have more horsepower, the lighter body of the Outback gives it an edge.

2019 Subaru Outback

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Contact Gallatin Subaru to learn more about adventurous AWD crossovers in Bozeman. Compare the 2019 Subaru Outback against other top wagons and crossovers in the Big Sky state, or see how the 2018 Toyota Highlander stacks up against other new Subaru SUVs like the Forester or the Ascent.

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    31910 Frontage Rd
    Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Sales: 406-530-1548
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