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
- Back up camera;
- 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:
- CR-V is about a half inch wider.
- Outback is about a half inch taller.
- Outback is about nine inches longer.
|CR-V EX AWD|
(with Honda Sensing)
| Outback |
Premium with Eyesight
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
|Optional Driver-Assistive Technologies|
Both offer their own versions of pre-collision warning and braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection/lane change assist, and lane departure warning. The safety suites also
include additional features.
Outback is a little less likely to get caught in snow or slop.
CR-V cargo space is a little greater but Outback is about ten inches longer so it's preferable for bicycles and other long cargo.
76 cubic feet (seats down)
39 cubic feet (seats up)
73 cubic feet (seats down)
36 cubic feet (seats up)
Outback is a little roomier inside for people.
103 cubic feet
108 cubic feet
2700 pounds (4 cylinder)
3000 pounds (6 cylinder)
Outback engine is slightly less powerful but accelerates comparably.
1.5 liter turbocharged
in-line four cylinder with 190 horsepower
2.5 liter four
cylinder Boxer engine
with 175 horsepower
This is another close one.
27 city, 33 hwy
25 city, 32 hwy
Need some extra go-go?
Optional 3.6 liter
20 city, 27 highway
Tailgate glass in Outback is taller and wider, and side windows are more square, reducing 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
parking lots, but not on the roads. (Back up camera is also standard on Outback). Outback is recognized for being among the cars with best visibility.
Roof Rails and Crossbars
ingenious integrated racking system includes rails and
integrated swinging crossbars standard on all Outback models. CR-V crossbars are optional and do not store conveniently.
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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
costs more but is better equipped.
CR-V has six airbags, Outback, eight. Both receive a "Top Safety Pick Plus" designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
CR-V test results
Outback test results
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