Subaru Outback Premium
with All Weather Pkg
Honda CR-V is in the "Small Crossover" segment and the Outback is a "Midsize Crossover." The distance between the axles ("wheelbase") is a substantial five inches longer on the Subaru, so the ride is smoother compared to the CR-V with its closer-set axles (think limousine vs. army Jeep). CR-V typically competes with Subaru Forester or Toyota RAV4, but we see many people comparing it with the Outback, too. Either way, for under $30,000, you can drive a practical vehicle with a great reputation for quality, value, and longevity.
Let's start with what they have in common:
- Bluetooth phone connectivity
- Steering wheel audio controls
- Power windows, locks, mirrors
- 3 year, 36,000 mile comprehensive warranty; 5/60 powertrain
- Vehicle stability control to avoid skids;
- Brake override system;
- Anti-lock brakes with brake assist;
- Learn all about how these safety features work.
Similar Dimensions but Outback is quite a bit longer:
- Both are same width.
- Outback is one inch taller.
- Outback is ten inches longer.
|Differences ||CR-V || Outback|
All Wheel Drive System
Outback was built from the ground up with all wheel drive; Honda started with a front driver and bolted on some extra hardware later. More sophisticated Subaru system responds more quickly to a loss of traction.
All wheel drive
Outback is less likely to get caught in snow or slop.
CR-V has slightly more volume; Outback is about ten inches longer so it's preferable for bicycles and other long cargo.
71 cubic feet (seats down)
37 cubic feet (seats up)
71 cubic feet (seats down)
34 cubic feet (seats up)
Outback is a little roomier inside for people.
102 Cubic Feet
Standard Engine and acceleration
Outback engine is slightly less powerful but accelerates more quickly.
2.4 liter in-line four
cylinder with 185 horsepower
0-60mph: 9.6 seconds
2.5 liter four cylinder
Boxer engine with 173 horsepower
0-60mph: 8.8 seconds
|Fuel Economy and Range|
Outback gets better combined fuel economy (primarily because of the superior CVT transmission). The automotive world was baffled when Honda put an old transmission in the CR-V when it was redesigned in 2012.
22 city, 30 hwy
Fuel tank: 15.3 gallons
Range: 459 miles
24 city, 30 hwy
Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
Range: 555 miles
Need some extra go-go?
Optional 3.6 liter
18 city, 25 highway
0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds
Notice how narrow the rear windows are in the rear of the CR-V? Larger Outback windows reduce blind spots. Honda chose a dramatic, downward swooping rooflline which looks sporty but makes it hard to see out the back. CR-V's standard back-up camera helps you in parking lots, but not on the roads. (Back up camera is optional on Outback).
Power folding mirrors
The CR-V is good for street parking because it's a shorter car and the mirrors automatically tuck in. If you need a car that's a little smaller than the Outback, then you might want to check out the Forester.
Roof Rails and Crossbars
Outback's ingenious integrated racking system includes standard rails and integrated swinging crossbars. CR-V offers standard rails only on most expensive model.Advantage: Outback
Rails standard only on the
EX-L model. Crossbars
Articulating cross bars
are shown here partially
Purchase and Ownership Experience
You can buy a new Subaru at Planet, but not a new Honda.
Price with Automatic Transmission
Outback costs about a thousand more (but is better equipped, including the All Weather Package with heated seats, mirrors, and wipers).
Both have six airbags. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates Outback as Top Safety Pick Plus; CR-V does not earn this award.
CR-V test results
Outback test results