Americans’ love for utility vehicles has been growing and this has hiked up sales for the crossover category as well as wagons. There are some instances where buyers find wagons perform much better as utility rides compared to crossovers.

This scenario is proven by the Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V. Although the Subaru isn’t technically a wagon, in some markets it is being sold under that category.

The Outback wins in many ways over the CR-V, not least with its mills – a 2.5-liter flat-four and a 3.6-liter flat-six engine. These are mated to a CVT and churns out 175hp and 174lb-ft torque in the smaller mill while the bigger block is capable of 256hp and 247lb-ft torque.

Meanwhile, the CR-V comes with a 2.4-liter four-pot engine churning out 185hp and 181lb-ft torque. The Honda’s engine is also mated to a CVT.

The CR-V many be capable of more power compared to the base engine Outback but it feel significantly underpowered. This is because the Outback drives and handles better than the Honda when on the tarmac and off-road.

When it comes to fuel economy figures, the Subaru Outback also surpasses the CR-V’s 27mpg combined with its 28mpg combined.

Dwelling Into the Looks Department

The CR-V comes across as a more ‘mom vehicle’ despite it being more smoothened and refined compared to the Outback. The latter has a sportier vibe with jagged lines.

The Outback’s design is more fitting for cruising by the hills desert or the country roads but it may look a tad out of place in the urban setting. However, its aggressive looks can be appealing to some who prefer standing out.

The CR-V’s edge is that it comes with amazing interior space – enough to fit a small group of people and more storage space as well as compartments. Although the Subaru isn’t too bad when it comes to that aspect, it can’t match up to the Honda’s level.

The Honda CR-V is also much cheaper compared to the Outback as it begins at $23,750 whereas the Subaru demands for at least $25,645.