Compare 2018 Subaru Outback vs 2017 Honda CR-V

Specs at a Glance

2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback

Engine

  2.5L

Fuel Capacity

  18.5 gal


2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V

Engine

  2.4L

Fuel Capacity

  14.5 gal

2018 Subaru Outback vs 2017 Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V is known as one of the first compact crossovers: small vehicles that masterfully blend the interior room and off-road sensibilities of SUVs with the fuel efficiency and approachability of sedans. And more than two decades into its existence, the CR-V seems pretty hard to beat. A penchant for providing advanced safety technology, excellent gas mileage, and lots of cabin room certainly helps place the 2017 CR-V–which marks the first entry of the nameplate's fifth production cycle–at the top tier of the compact crossover market, if not at the top outright. However, other entries, such as the 2018 Subaru Outback, are certainly no slouches. Indeed, a convincing argument can be made for the Outback as a pick over the CR-V for the following reasons:

All-Wheel Drive

For Subaru vehicles, all-wheel drive (AWD) is the standard drivetrain. You do not need to upgrade from a front-wheel drive (FWD) layout, which involves sending engine power to the front wheels. And since AWD has engine power distributed to all wheels on the vehicle, they can all compensate if one starts to slip. That makes AWD the obvious choice if you have to encounter snowy and slippery road conditions. While the 2018 Subaru Outback already has AWD by default, you’d need to yield a few thousand bucks to have it on the 2017 Honda CR-V, which uses FWD as its standard drivetrain. Plus, the Outback does not just have any regular AWD system. Officially known as Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, it is accompanied by X-MODE technology, which optimizes engine output and transmission ratio, boosts AWD system engagement, and uses the electronic vehicle stability control system to reduce individual wheel-spin to provide optimal traction on compromised driving surfaces.

Interior Space

While the 2017 Honda CR-V is your typical compact crossover, the 2018 Subaru Outback adopts a wagon-like design. The result is an enlarged passenger volume that is maximized at 108.1 cubic feet. On the CR-V, the most you can get for accommodating occupants is 105.9 cubic feet–and that is if you go with the base-level LX model. Passenger volume shrinks to 102.9 cubic feet on the mid-level EX and EX-L, and 101.6 cubic feet on the top-tier Touring.

Engine Power

Gone are the days when automakers were content with placing comparatively small, underpowered engines on their crossovers. Over the years, more of them have tinkered with their workhorses to give them more kick. Subaru is a prime example. On the Limited trim level, you can opt for a 3.6-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine, which provides an output of 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. Honda, by comparison, is content with providing a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine as the higher-level option on the 2017 CR-V. With an output of 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, the turbocharged I4 provides 66 less horsepower and 68 less lb-ft of torque than the Outback's top-level engine.

Ready to give the 2018 Subaru Outback a try, rather than the 2017 Honda CR-V? If you are in the Shenandoah Valley region, give us a call to set up an appointment–or simply stop by. We have a great reputation for providing satisfactory customer service (as evidenced by reviews on Google and CarGurus), and we have a wonderful team of Subaru specialists who can find the right Outback for you.


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