Wanna See a Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Trade Mud With a 4Runner?

The new Subaru Outback Wilderness, essentially an Outback with a lift kit, beefier suspension, and better gearing for off-road is not meant to directly compete off-road with a Toyota 4Runner. It’s meant to smoke the 4Runner as a daily driver and freeway cruiser that also has the ability to get way deeper off-road than a passenger car. The 4Runner will not only vastly outperform the Subaru off-road, it is built to withstand the rigors of regular off-road beatings whereas the Outback is not.

That said, it could be argued that 99% of the people who buy a 4Runner don’t off-road seriously enough to need all that ability. But lots of people buy big vehicles like the 4Runner because they think they might, someday, need to climb something a Subaru can’t.

That’s where this video comes in. The folks at Driving Sports TV, who do a great job breaking down the capabilities and limitations of the Subaru platform, took their own TRD Pro 4Runner out to compare how the Subaru Outback Wilderness stacks up against it off-road. The answer: Way, way better than you’d probably think.

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