Subaru Outback vs Honda CR-V: A comparison of crossover cars with plenty of cargo space.
A crossover is an ideal choice when you need more room than what a sedan offers without the large size of a traditional SUV. Crossover refers to both a mid-size SUV like the Subaru Outback and a compact SUV like the Honda CR-V. A Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback comparison shows that each model has its advantages and disadvantages, so your choice should depend upon your personal needs and your driving style.
Honda CR-V advantages
- Better fuel mileage
- Better fuel economy
- Higher safety ratings
- Exceptional cargo space for size
- Choice of engines
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Better performance and handling
- More suitable for towing a trailer
- Unique exterior styling
- 2.4 liter displacement (size)
- Inline-four engine
- 185 horsepower at 7,000 rpm
- 163 foot-pounds of torque at 4,400 rpm
- 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway
The Subaru base engine has the following specifications:
- 2.5 liter displacement
- Flat-four engine
- 173 horsepower at 5,600 rpm
- 174 foot-pounds of torque at 4,100 rpm
- 21 mpg (city)/28 mpg (highway)
You can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission with this engine.
You can also choose a larger engine as follows:
- 3.6 liter displacement
- Flat-six engine
- 256 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
- 247 foot-pounds of torque at 4,400 rpm
- 18 mpg (city)/25 mpg (highway)
The Subaru Outback is actually in a class by itself, although it compares in capacity and other features to mid-size crossovers. It retains a bit of the styling of station wagons of old, albeit in an eye-catching modern format. The Honda CR-V follows the traditional style for a subcompact SUV and is attractive, although it does not particularly stand out in a crowd.
Both cars seat five passengers comfortably, although the Subaru has quite a bit more legroom. There is actually little difference between the amount of driver and passenger shoulder room in each car. With all seats in place, the Honda CR-V actually has more cargo capacity than the Outback, and even with seats removed, their cargo capacities remain nearly the same.