I haven't seen a discussion on this. I have looked at both, and have decided the Outback seems to be more of an SUV, while the Toyota Venza seems more like a station wagon. I'm not really going to do off-roading, so I don't know if I need an SUV. Any thoughts on how the Toyota AWD compares to the Outback's AWD? I like the Outback better, but don't like hearing of transmission and head gasget problems. I have had a lot of Toyotas, and have found them to be reliable.