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Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback


While shopping for a new SUV, many people conduct research to find the best value and fit for their lifestyle, whether that be young professionals looking for an upgrade or families that have outgrown their current vehicle. Vern Eide Honda will be comparing two popular SUVs in Sioux Falls, the 2020 Honda CR-V LX versus 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 SUVs come with some impressive performance features, but only one will walk away the winner.

Performance: Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback

Kicking off the SUV comparison is a breakdown of performance and fuel economy. We stacked the CR-V and Outback to see who wins round one.

  • Engine: The Honda CR-V LX 2WD is powered by a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. The Subaru Outback gets a weaker 2.5L 4-cylinder that only offers 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.
  • Transmission and Drivetrain: Both SUVs include a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The base CR-V LX comes with 2WD, while 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/34 mpg highway* versus 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway from the base Outback trim level with CVT.

As far as performance and MPG are concerned, the green checkmark goes to the Honda CR-V.

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Interior: Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback

Next in this comparison of the Subaru Outback and Honda CR-V is comfort. The CR-V offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Outback. The Subaru SUV will be a hit with tall drivers and their front-seat passengers since it has more head and legroom up front than the Honda CR-V.

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V Awards


Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V Comparison Chart

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V Cost to Own Pie Chart

Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback Cost to Own Pie Chart

5-Year Cost to Own: Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback

There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. One of the first cost considerations is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the 2020 Honda CR-V will have less of an impact on your bank account than the 2020 Subaru Outback. When comparing the 5-year cost to own, the data speaks for itself! Per the Edmunds breakdown shown above, our clear winner is the Honda CR-V. If you would like to know more about the CR-V or any other Honda SUV model please don’t hesitate to contact our Sioux Falls dealership via the online form or by phone at (605) 271-9518 information collected 01/28/2020. 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
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