2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

The Toyota Highlander is one of the models that helped launch the crossover SUV segment of the automotive industry. In its lifetime, the Highlander has routinely set the bar for the rest of the competition in terms of performance, capability and flexibility. A comparison of the 2019 Toyota Highlander vs. 2019 Subaru Outback clearly illustrates this idea. The 2019 Highlander that is currently available at the Colonial Toyota showroom is part of the vehicle’s third generation that was introduced about the five years ago. Toyota has made a few aesthetic upgrades for the 2019 version of the Highlander, but they have otherwise kept the vehicle in the configuration that made it famous. Customers can schedule a test drive today by calling, 203-403-6890.
Colonial Toyota customers naturally have a lot of choices to consider when they are looking through the dealership’s crossover SUV inventory. These choices expand exponentially when other manufacturers are considered. The 2019 Toyota Highlander offers more interior space for passengers and cargo than its 2019 Subaru Outback competitor. Buyers who choose to take the new Highlander home will have room for seven or eight passengers, depending on which interior configuration they choose. The 2019 Outback only has two rows of seats and a passenger-capacity for five riders. This disparity in interior volume becomes clearer when available cargo space comes into play. The 2019 Highlander can offer up to 83.7 cubic-feet of cargo volume when it’s properly configured. Subaru Outback owners will have about 10 cubic-feet less.

2019 Toyota Highlander


2019 Subaru Outback

2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
185/184 Horsepower/Torque 175/174
83.7 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 73.3 cu.-ft.
5,000 lbs. Max Towing Capacity 3,000 lbs.

Performance Specs

The 2019 Toyota Highlander and 2019 Subaru Outback each offer four-cylinder and V-6 engines. Under the hood of the base trim of the 2019 Highlander is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that is attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. Either way, the 2019 Toyota Highlander with this powertrain will produce 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Buyers choosing base 2019 Subaru Outback get a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine of its own and it make 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque.

For maximum performance and capability, Colonial Toyota customers can choose the 3.5-liter, V-6 engine which comes with a six-speed automatic as standard equipment or an available eight-speed automatic. It will make 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Subaru owners with the 2019 Outback will come up short in comparison with its 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque.

A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2019 Highlander.
An interior photo showing all three rows in the 2019 Highlander.
A photo of one of the interior configurations in the 2019 Highlander.
A look at how much space is available in the rear of the 2019 Highlander.