Compare Subaru Outback to the Honda CR-V

Subaru Outback

How Does the Subaru Outback Stack Up Against the Honda CR-V?

Traverse City and Kalkaska area drivers looking for a top-notch SUV that's been designed to meet the needs of adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts, and families alike will find the Subaru Outback is one tough model to stand up to. But how does this incredibly versatile five-seater compare to its competitor; the Honda CR-V? Let's take a deeper look into the highlighted features that make this model such a standout choice!

Performance and Capabilities

The Outback has long been noted as a go-to model for its all-weather dependability and off-pavement credentials. It'll truly facilitate easy driving throughout the Suttons Bay and Interlochen area due to its included Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system.

Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive

What makes a Subaru model so versatile? We believe it starts with the vehicle's enhanced grip on slick, slippery, and steep terrain. Ideal for charging through heavy snowfalls and trekking over ice-capped roads, a Subaru model equipped with this All-Wheel-Drive system won't let you down! That's in part due to the system's engineering that delivers better stability, drivability, and in turn, confidence, on all sorts of road conditions.

Getting back to the overall performance of the Outback, you'll find that the SUV has been tuned to deliver a swift ride without intruding on sensible fuel-economy ratings. The model sports a 2.5-liter DOHC engine capable of generating 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. With a maximum towing capacity of 2,700 pounds you won't have a problem trailering your small two-person camper or weekend vacation supplies!

The Honda CR-V boasts an in-line four-cylinder engine with a turbocharged variant. The former produces 184 horsepower while the latter brags a slightly more robust punch of power. The SUV is as swift through the city as it is on the highway making it a smart choice for drivers who are constantly out and about and on the move.

Interior Space

The headroom measurements are nearly identical between these two SUVs, as are their shoulder room measurements. If you're looking for a bit more legroom, the Outback will provide it as it features 42.8 inches of space in its front row to stretch out. In terms of overall passenger volume, the Outback sports 109 cubic feet of space which is slightly more than the Honda CR-V SUV's 105.9 cubic feet.

Cargo volume again is nearly identical with both models boasting a little over 75 cubic feet of room. Whether you're looking to load up gym gear, groceries, a few duffle bags, or are looking to help move your son or daughter into their new dorm room at school -- either model will sport enough interior cargo space to accommodate their belongings!

Subaru Outback


With the Subaru Outback SUV, you can expect to enjoy the Subaru STARLINK Multimedia system, a piece of state-of-the-art technology that will let you connect your compatible smartphone to enjoy your preset playlists, queued up tunes, and audiobooks. With standard Bluetooth hands-free technology, you can further make quick and easy calls to your friends, family, and co-workers all without taking your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road ahead! If you're looking for even more next-gen tech, explore the optional Navigation system offered by TomTom.

While the Outback sports a seven-inch included Subaru STARLINK Multimedia system, the Honda CR-V only boasts an included five-inch color LCD screen on its base model. The Honda SUV offers Bluetooth connectivity features like the Outback but doesn't offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility on its base trim model.

Subaru Outback

Safety Features

Look forward to a cool and calm ride in the Outback as the model comes well-equipped with the latest safety features available in the automotive industry. Its base trim includes the Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, a group of safety features that have been integrated into the SUV to make for a more enjoyable and peaceful ride. You'll find these tech systems listed below!

  • Advanced Adaptative Cruise Control with Lane Centering
  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist

The Honda CR-V offers its own package of driver assistive features and safety systems through the Honda Sensing suite. Included in this package are systems like a Collision Mitigation Braking System, a Road Departure Mitigation System, and an Adaptive Cruise Control System. However, this package is only included on upper trim levels however and isn't offered on the base Honda CR-V LX trim.

Exterior Features

With 8.7-inches of ground clearance, the Outback sits high and mighty when on the roads. The model features roof rails and offers nine available colors to select from. If you're looking for a more aggressive and bold look, explore the Crimson Red Pearl color option as its eye-catching and sure to hold the gaze of those you happen encounter when out adventuring.

On the other hand, the Honda CR-V features ten available colors to browse over. The SUV further sports four available trims to select from ranging from the base Honda CR-V LX to the top-trim Honda CR-V Touring model.

Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT

The newest installment of the Outback boasts an all-new Onyx Edition XT model that sports a 260-horsepower SUBARU BOXER engine, black-finished alloy wheels, badging, and two-tone StarTex upholstered seats that have water-repellant capabilities.

What's the bottom line? If you're looking for a touch more adventuresome spirit out of your SUV, the Subaru Outback will provide you with plenty of versatile features and robust capabilities to carry you to wherever your destination lies.

Contact Us to Set Up a Test Drive in the Subaru Outback Today

Please reach out over the phone to set up a test drive in the Outback at your earliest leisure. Our dealership is located conveniently near Kingsley, MI and Grawn, so feel free to drop in on our showroom to chat with any of our tenured and professional sales staff to learn about the model you end up settling on!