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Subaru Outback vs Toyota Fortuner

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Subaru Outback
Subaru Outback

$41,388 - $61,999

2023 price

Toyota Fortuner
Toyota Fortuner

$55,988 - $76,990

2023 price


2023 Subaru Outback
2023 Toyota Fortuner
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Flat 4, 2.4L

Diesel Turbo 4, 2.8L
Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded Petrol

Fuel Efficiency
9.0L/100km (combined)

7.6L/100km (combined)

  • Thirsty engine
  • Missing 360-degree view camera
  • Water-resistant trim on seats

  • Retro tech
  • Lack of child seat options
  • Third row stowage
2023 Subaru Outback Summary

Is it a station wagon or an SUV? It's kinda both. The new Outback AWD Sport XT has the AWD capabilities of an SUV but the concise handling of a station wagon and it's a wonderful combo for a family car.

The Sport XT is one of the two models Subaru is offering with a new turbo-petrol engine (hurrah) and it sits second from the top in the line-up but how does it stack up after a week with my family of three? Check it out below.

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2023 Toyota Fortuner Summary

The Toyota Fortuner Crusade is a strange beast. It’s a four-wheel drive that feels like a HiLux hybrid but it lacks the fun of its ute sibling, despite being able to seat seven.

The four-wheel drive capabilities, seat configuration and high-ride should be a winning combo but it sits awkwardly in Toyota’s SUV line-up.

It’s not as family-oriented as the Kluger and not as refined as the Prado. It’s like that cousin that you only see once a year and don’t know well – you’re not quite sure what to do with them.

I've been driving the top of the range Crusade for a week to get to know it for you. And my family of three has put it through its paces! Let’s see how it fared.

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