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Subaru Outback Vs. Toyota Venza: Compare Cars Page 2

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In looking at features, it's again nearly a tie--unless you're comparing base models. If your budget is tight, you can get a base Outback for about $24,000, while a base Venza is more than $29,000--and with the Subaru, you get all-wheel drive for that price. Upgrade to the top-of-the-line trims, like the Venza Limited or the Outback Limited, and both models can feel a lot like luxury vehicles--with high-end audio, navigation, leather seats, and back-seat video entertainment systems. At this level, though, the Venza still costs about $5k more--and it starts to feel a lot like the Lexus RX 350, which only costs a few thousand more. 

Altogether, the Outback's value for the money is pretty hard to beat, and for shoppers that value a true all-weather champ, it's the winner here. But that doesn't leave the Venza in the dust in all respects; there will definitely be people who prefer the design and the more relaxed driving feel of the Venza, though for us, the Subaru is a compelling package that's more versatile and can fit a much wider range of needs.

 

 

2014 Subaru Outback 2014 Toyota Venza
2014 Subaru Outback 4-door Wagon H6 Auto 3.6R Limited Side Exterior View 2014 Toyota Venza
TCC Rating
8.2 Above all else, the 2014 Subaru Outback remains an eminently practical and capable vehicle, with generous interior space both for people and their gear. 7.6 If you don't need a rugged SUV, the 2014 Toyota Venza is a practical, even stylish alternative with some strong wagon and hatchback leanings.
Styling
7The 2014 Subaru Outback mixes utility vehicle and station wagon lines, meaning it looks like a Subaru. Read more7The 2014 Toyota Venza is conservatively styled, but also smooth and sleek. Read more
Performance
8The 2014 Subaru Outback offers two engines--a four for fuel economy, a six for power--but the AWD matters most. Read more7Competent and capable, the 2014 Venza drives much like a taller Camry--but don't expect any excitement behind the wheel. Read more
Quality
8The 2014 Subaru Outback has oodles of interior space for passengers and cargo, like a wagon of old with way more capability. Read more8Roomy for both passengers and cargo, the 2014 Toyota Venza is comfortable and sturdy, but not quite luxury-car refined. Read more
Safety
10The 2014 Subaru Outback is again one of the safest family vehicles you can get, with top ratings from both agencies. Read more8The 2014 Toyota Venza performs well in NHTSA crash tests, and comes with a strong set of standard safety equipment. Read more
Features
8All-wheel drive is standard on the 2014 Subaru Outback, but it's a little sparse on high-end luxury features. Read more8Ample infotainment and connectivity features make the 2014 Toyota Venza a strong value. Read more
Green
7The four-cylinder 2014 Subaru Outback with CVT gets decent EPA ratings; the six, on the other hand, is downright thirsty. Read more6The 2014 Toyota Venza is a greener alternative to larger crossovers, but doesn't compete with smaller sedans and wagons. Read more
MSRP
from $23,495 from $27,950
Invoice
from $22,123 from $25,575
Fuel Economy - Combined City and Highway
24 23
Front Leg Room (in)
43 40.2
Second Leg Room (in)
37.8
Read Full Specs
39.1
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