2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2019 Subaru Outback

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The market is full of powerful crossovers that can move you and your family around comfortably and safely in even the worst Vail winter driving conditions. On the surface, they all seem to do a fine job providing plenty of power and amenities to make most drivers happy. But when we look deeper into models like the Subaru Outback and compare them to competitors like the Toyota Highlander, we can see they aren't that similar at all.

Seating and Cargo Space

The Subaru and the Highlander have similar specs when it comes to first and second seat passenger volume, and both provide plenty of cargo space for skis, snowboards, and other outdoor equipment. Where the Highlander attempts to dominate is with the third-row seat, which it claims will hold an additional three passengers. With only 27.7 inches of legroom, however, this seat is better suited for very small children and has been panned by critics as "cramped" and "difficult for adults to use."

Engine Options and Handling

The Subaru Outback comes standard with the automaker's legendary symmetrical AWD unit, perfect for snowy Grand Junction roads or rocky byways. Drivers also get access to the 256-hp 3.6L V6 SUBARU BOXER powerplant and CVT automatic transmission that provides a smooth, responsive drive. The Highlander's standard engine is a 2.7L 4-cylinder powerplant that generates just 185-hp. If you want AWD or a V6, you'll have to pay extra to get it. Toyota doesn't offer a CVT on the Highlander.


Subaru strives to provide the convenience features drivers need most and succeeds with the Outback offering options that include remote start, an exterior keypad entry, cornering headlights, and auto-dimming side mirrors that make it easier to see clearly when driving at night. Toyota doesn't offer any of these features on the Highlander.

Subaru EyeSight® vs. Toyota Safety Sense

Both the Subaru and the Toyota offer a suite of advanced safety equipment including advanced driver and front passenger airbags, blind spot warning, daytime running lights, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, and more, but only the Outback offers the option of backup collision brakes to prevent drivers from accidentally backing over people or obstacles that happen into the path of the vehicle.

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With the 2019 Subaru Outback offers that the 2018 Toyota Highlander omits, it's hard to understand why anyone would pay $5,000 more for a Toyota. To see the Outback or any of your favorite Subaru models, in action, drop by Glenwood Springs Subaru today.

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