2023 Subaru Outback vs. 2023 Toyota Highlander

2023 Subaru Outback
2023 Subaru Outback


2023 Toyota Highlander

Starting MSRP

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive


Available All-Wheel Drive
26 city / 32 highway

Fuel Economy

22 city / 29 highway


Not Available

# of Rows of Seating


If going off the roads sounds like the perfect way to spend your weekends in Nyack, then you should definitely invest in a model that’s made for adventure. But between the 2023 Subaru Outback and 2023 Toyota Highlander, which should you pick? While both are phenomenal SUVs, the Outback is designed to take on outdoors exploration and you can access all of that capability in a lower price tag than the Highlander. Learn more below!



Toyota Highlander vs. Subaru Outback: Off-Road Capability

Both the Toyota Highlander and the Subaru Outback are super capable, but only one is geared for the outdoors and that’s the Outback. Specifically, the Subaru SUV has these must-have features for off-roading that the Highlander either doesn’t have or needs further upgrading to access:

  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive: Standard across the Outback lineup, the legendary Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive offers better handling on your drives across Nanuet. It will also deliver optimal distribution of power regardless of what weather or trail condition you’re encountering.
  • X-MODE®: Upgraded and re-tuned, the dual-function X-MODE has settings for deep snow, sand, and mud that allow additional wheel slip to power through adverse conditions.
  • Wilderness Trim: Outback includes a Wilderness trim, which essentially pushes the off-road capability to the max. You can expect an elevated ground clearance of 9.5 inches, a standard front skid plate, standard 17-inch matte-black alloy off-road wheels, all-terrain Yokohama GEOLANDAR® tires, and more! 

Something else to note is that the Subaru Outback is a two-row SUV while the Toyota Highlander is a three-row model. Even though the Highlander has the additional space for big families, the nimble Outback is easier to get around new paths and as you can imagine, more efficient, delivering gas mileage specs like 26 city / 32 highway.

Toyota Highlander vs. Subaru Outback: Pricing

Like most Montvale car shoppers, you probably have a budget you’re sticking to for your upgrade, and you should know that 2023 Subaru Outback is significantly more affordable than the Toyota Highlander despite its greater off-road value. Specifically, the 2023 Subaru Outback starts at $28,395 MSRP while the 2023 Toyota Highlander starts at $36,620 – that’s almost a $10K difference! Plus, when you shop your Outback from Bill Kolb Jr. Subaru, you can save on your purchase in many ways from our specials to our generous trade-up program.

Lease or Finance a 2023 Subaru Outback at Bill Kolb Jr. Subaru! 

Find your favorite Outback in our Orangeburg showroom today! If you’re still exploring other models, be sure to see how the Subaru Outback compares to another Subaru SUV, the Crosstrek. Feel free to get in touch with us today. 

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