Americans’ love of utility vehicles is continuously growing and it has led to sales of the crossover segments as well as wagons recording a hike. In some cases, buyers actually find that the wagons perform better as utility rides compared to crossovers.
This is evident in the case of the Subaru Outback and Honda CR-V. The Subaru may not be fully considered a wagon but it is being sold in that category in some markets.
The Outback seems to surpass the CR-V in many ways. For one, it has a 2.5-liter flat-four worth 175hp and 174lb-ft torque and a 3.6-liter flat-six engine worth 256hp and 247lb-ft torque. Both of these engines are mated to a CVT.
Whereas the Honda CR-V comes with a 2.4-liter four-pot engine churning out 185hp and 181lb-ft torque, also paired to a CVT.
The CR-V may be outputting more power than the Outback’s base engine, it feels more underpowered. The Outback has better driving and handling on the tarmac and off road compared to Honda’s top-selling SUV.
Although the EPA has yet to release the fuel economy rating for the Outback, the previous model did have 28mpg combined which surpasses the 27mpg from the CR-V.
When it comes to design, the CR-V is more of a “mom vehicle” despite looking more smoother and refined compared to the Outback. The latter is more toward a sportier vibe with its jagged lines.
However, the CR-V wins in interior space as there are lots of occupant space, especially with the foldable seat. Aside that, there is a lot more storage area and compartments in this model compared to the Outback.
The Honda crossover also appeals with its starting price tag of $23,750 as the Subaru starts off at least $25,645.