It’s obvious that Americans have caved into the utility vehicles trend from the looks of its growing sales number of the crossover segment and wagons, too. However, in some cases, buyer would see that the wagons do better as utility rides compared to crossovers.
This is evident by the Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V. In spite of the Subaru failing to be known as a complete wagon, it is still sold in that particular segment in some markets.
The Outback is definitely the winner compared to the CR-V, especially since it is fitted with a 2.5-liter flat-four and 3.6-liter flat-six engine. Both are paired to a CVT and are worth up to 175 horsepower and 256 horsepower, respectively.
The CR-V, on the other hand, comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-pot engine making 185 horsepower. This is also mated to a CVT, however, the main appeal for this 2017 model is its brand new 1.5-liter turbo-four that’s worth 190 horsepower.
Despite the fact that this new mill produces more power compared to the Outback, it does not give that impression. The Outback seems to have a better driving as well as handling experience than the Honda’s SUV.
Although it has yet to receive its EPA ratings, the Outback’s previous versions’ 28mpg combined is better than the 27mpg of the CR-V. But, due to forced induction, the all-new CR-V blows Subaru away with its 30mpg combined rating.
When it comes to design, the CR-V still seems like a model made for mums even though it is sportier and has a more refined look, whereas the Outback still stands tall with its jagged lines on a bolder appearance.
The Outback looks like it is better suited for areas like the hill desert or even country roads rather than in the urban area. However, some buyers may find its roughness around the edges appealing as it provides the car with a particular character.
One of the advantages of the CR-V is its interior space. The foldable seats gives owners plenty of space for its passengers and its various storage space has received significant improvement from its previous version.
The Honda CR-V and the Subaru Outback seems to be on par when it comes to pricing. The Honda comes with a starting price tag of $24,645 whereas the Subaru begins at $25,645.