Looking for the right vehicle can be a challenge. Those of us at Faulkner Subaru - Bethlehem know what a reliable vehicle means. Two popular cars on the roadways today are the Subaru Outback and Toyota RAV4.

Both vehicles have ample room in the cabin, space for storage, and a long list of standard safety features. Let's dig deeper into performance and features that make the Subaru Outback stand out from the Toyota RAV4.


The automakers at Subaru built the Outback to perform. The Outback comes with a four-cylinder engine that will get you where you need to go. One thing you will notice about the Outback is how smooth the ride is, no matter what terrain you find yourself on.

The overall ride and handling on the Subaru Outback is smooth. You will feel very in control while maneuvering around turns. The Outback feels athletic at times, especially when going off-road. The 8.7 of ground clearance makes the Outback a respectable vehicle when you feel like going off the beaten path.

The Toyota RAV4 comes with a four-cylinder engine. It handles well around turns and tight spaces. While there is an option to upgrade to all-wheel-drive, the RAV4 doesn't come standard with it as the Subaru does. Both vehicles perform well on the roads, but the all-wheel-drive aspect of the Subaru Outback makes it stand apart from the RAV4 in terms of performance.

Safety Features

There is no doubt that both the Outback and RAV4 have a long list of safety features that come standard. Safety features must enhance the driving experience without becoming too much of a distraction. You don't want to be confused while driving through Bethlehem. Both the automakers from Subaru and Toyota do this in the Outback and RAV4 respectively.

We'll start with the standard safety features found in the Outback. The EyeSight suite of driver assistance technology from Subaru comes standard in the Outback. The suite includes forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and forward automatic emergency braking. You will also find a rear-view camera and automatic high-beam headlights standard in the Outback.

Along with the safety features that come standard in the Outback, you will have the option of adding several more. The option includes safety features like rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, driver distraction monitoring, reverse automatic emergency braking, adaptive headlights, and a front-view camera.

Now let's look at the standard safety features within the RAV4. The Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 technology comes standard with the RAV4 along with a rear-view camera. The safety bundle includes forward pre-collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane trace assist, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Optional safety features within the RAV4 include reverse automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, surround-view parking camera system, and front and rear parking sensors. The Subaru Outback and Toyota RAV4 both offer ample safety features, allowing you to get what you want out of them. Let's turn to infotainment features within each cabin.


Today's modern age deserves a vehicle filled with infotainment amenities that enhance the driving experience further. The Outback has a user-friendly infotainment system with either duo-screen 7-inch displays or an 11-inch vertical display depending on the trim level. The good news here is that it is easy to use even if you are a person who isn't an expert on technology. Smartphone integration within the Outback comes easy with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two front USB ports. Satellite radio also comes standard in the Outback.

You will get Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa integration, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port standard in the RAV4.

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Faulkner Subaru Bethlehem

330 Stoke Park Rd
Directions Bethlehem, PA 18017

  • Sales: 855-505-2072
  • Service: 610 849 1177
  • Parts: 610 865-3122

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