CR-V vs. Outback

Comparing the Honda CRV to Subaru Outback | CRV vs Outback, Who Wins?

While SUV shopping, many people conduct research to find the best value and fit for their lifestyle, whether that be young professionals looking for an upgrade, or the next family vehicle. We will be comparing two popular SUVs in Sioux Falls, the 2020 Honda CR-V LX vs the 2020 Subaru Outback 2.5i. Both models have plenty of amenities that we’ll outline below so you can make the best decision. While both models come with some impressive performance features, only one will walk away the winner.

Kicking off the battle is a breakdown on MPG & performance. We stacked the CR-V and Outback to see who wins round one.

  • Engine: The Honda CR-V LX 2WD is powered by a 190-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that produces 179 lb-ft of torque. The Subaru Outback gets a weaker 182-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder that only offers 176 lb-ft of torque.
  • Transmission & Drivetrain: Both SUVs include a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The base CR-V LX 2WD comes with 2WD, and all-wheel drive is standard for the Outback and optional for the CR-V.
  • MPG Ratings: Fuel economy ratings are comparable, but with its base engine and CVT, the CR-V LX 2WD earns 28 mpg city/34mpg highway** vs. 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway from the base Outback trim level with CVT.

For Performance and MPG, the green checkmark goes to the CR-V. Next in this comparison of the Outback and CR-V is comfort. The Honda CR-V offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Subaru Outback*. The Subaru Outback will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Honda CR-V.

There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. One of the first cost considerations is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Honda CR-V will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru Outback. When comparing the 5 Year Cost to Own, the data can speak for itself! Per Edmunds breakdown, the clear winner is the CR-V. True Cost to Own 2020 Honda CR-V LX AWD vs. 2020 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD

Ownership Costs: 5 year Breakdown

 2020 Honda CR-V LX2020 Subaru Outback 2.5Honda Savings
Maintenance $4,057$4642$585
Taxes & Fees$1289$1306$17
True Cost To Own$33139$35867$2728

If that wasn’t enough, the overall Honda Savings on the CR-V pretty much sums up this battle, or victory for Honda!

*The CR-V has .1 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear legroom than the Outback. information collected 01/28/2020.

The 2020 Honda CR-V was named Best Compact SUV for the Money by U.S. News & World Report. [USNWR BEST CARS BADGE] View U.S. News Best Cars at Announced: January. Expires: 6/23/2021. Best-selling decade claim: CR-V. Based on IHS Markit US total new vehicle registrations of Crossover Utility Vehicles from 2009 through November 2019. Expires: 1/31/2021. The 2020 Honda CR-V has a 5-star overall vehicle score. NHTSA Five-Star Overall Vehicle Score. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assesment Program ( Expires: MY21