What Sets the Toyota RAV4 Apart from the Competition?

The new Toyota RAV4 currently resides here at Kasper Toyota in Sandusky, OH and we want drivers all throughout the area to check out this new midsize crossover SUV at our dealership today. This flexible midsize crossover sports a unique new design, but continues to enjoy popularity for its safety, powertrain, and wide range of standard features. However, we at Kasper Toyota want to offer our shoppers an enriching shopping experience, so let us see what the newest RAV4 has to offer against another compact crossover like it: the new Subaru Outback. Drivers will find Kasper Toyota conveniently located at 904 East Straub Road in Sandusky, OH.


Let us begin with the power beneath the hood in the engines of each crossover. Both of these compact models offer four-cylinder engine models, but the Toyota RAV4 generates more power with 203 total horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Subaru Outback generates up to 175 total horsepower through its engine and up to 174 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the RAV4 also provides more long-term fuel economy for daily commuters and travels an EPA-estimated 5 miles to the gallon on the highway. Despite its more lightweight frame, the Subaru Outback falls short in long-term fuel economy, traveling up to an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway.

If you want to enjoy the most savings on fuel, we recommend the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, also available here in Sandusky. The Subaru Outback, as of late, does not offer a hybrid variant.


Through its standard eight-speed automatic transmission, the new RAV4 promises a more comfortable drive, with smooth transition between gear changes. Many drivers tend to prefer automatic transmissions with pre-determined gear shifts as they make the transition between gears more seamless, leading to a smooth acceleration overall. The Subaru Outback comes standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), a less preferable choice in transmissions. While the CVT chooses gears based on driver input, it often falls short in response time, leading to more stalling on acceleration and a clunkier start overall.

Pricing and Warranty

While starting prices might fluctuate year after year, all vehicles begin at a rate set down by the brand, known as the "manufacturer-suggested retail price" or "MSRP." MSRPs tend to vary between models, but the starting price of the Toyota RAV4 presents a comfortable option for many budgets. This midsize crossover also provides a plethora of standard features across all trims, including the base, so you never feel like you missed out on the most important conveniences. The Subaru Outback begins well over $1,000 more than the MSRP of the RAV4.

Additionally, Toyota Care warranty care provides extra coverage for RAV4 drivers, with 24 months of roadside assistance with no mileage cutoff. The roadside assistance warranty provided through Subaru covers the Outback for 36 months or 36,000 miles, making it a less-attractive option for frequent commuters.


For such a low starting price, the new Toyota RAV4 offers a number of standard conveniences throughout the SUV to help brighten your day. Take a look around the vehicle, then have a seat behind the wheel to gain a full assessment of the standard features this crossover contains. Many of these features might come available on the Subaru Outback, but only on higher trims. If you want to enjoy many of these features for the Outback, you must upgrade to a more premium model for extra fees, on top of the higher starting price. Standard conveniences of the Toyota RAV4 include:

  • Power one-touch driver, passenger, and backseat windows
  • LED headlights
  • Toyota Safety Connect®- telematics unavailable on Outback
  • Rear-seat power outlet (12V)
  • Selectable driving modes- ECO, Sport, Normal

Test Drive the New Toyota RAV4 Today

Kasper Toyota proudly invites Ohio drivers to preview the new Toyota RAV4 and to test drive this midsize crossover here at our dealership in Sandusky, OH. Schedule a test drive online with our sales team and visit us today!



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904 East Strub Road
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