2019 Subaru Outback
vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

The New Subaru Outback and the New Honda CR-V Go Head-to-Head

The compact SUV crossover is a highly competitive segment since it generally offers the maneuverability of a smaller car while delivering the versatility a larger SUV. For the most versatility and universal features, we recommend the new Subaru Outback. Whether you are looking for an SUV to accommodate your family, daily commute, or active lifestyle, the new Outback does it all.

With standard innovative safety features, rugged capabilities, and sophisticated technology, the Outback is a top choice as a compact SUV. However, the Outback has some competitors that also offer impressive features, like the new Honda CR-V. We compare these two models to give drivers a better sense of which vehicle would be right for them.

Outback vs. CR-V at a Glance

  • The Honda CR-V offers up to 190 horsepower with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, but the Outback's top engine option is a 3.6-liter direct-injection engine that delivers 256 horsepower.
  • The Outback comes with the legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system standard, but you will have to pay extra for the higher levels of assurance that come with traction and control on the CR-V.
  • The Outback offers standard roof rails for tying down extra luggage and equipment, but it comes as an optional feature for the CR-V.
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration are standard on all Outback trim levels, while it only becomes standard on trim levels after the CR-V LX.

Safety and Technology

The CR-V's safety suite comes with some impressive safety features, but it only comes standard for the new CR-V starting at the EX trim level. On the other hand, the new Outback comes with standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology for all trim levels. The CR-V was named a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick while the new Outback earned the title of 2019 Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest possible rating.

The new CR-V comes with a standard 5-inch color LCD display with technology features like Bluetooth® connectivity and Pandora® integration. The Outback offers a 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen as part of the SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system. The Outback's standard infotainment system also includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, Pandora® integration, Bluetooth® connectivity, simple voice commands, and much more.

Performance and Design

The CR-V doesn't come with standard all-wheel drive, but it also lacks many of the stability and traction features that the Outback offers standard. When you choose the new Outback, you will have access to features like X-MODE®, Active Torque Vectoring, Hill Descent Control, Vehicle Dynamics Control, and an advanced Traction Control System.

While the new CR-V offers slightly more cargo space than the new Outback, you can expect a larger, more comfortable cabin with the new Outback. The CR-V comes with 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume while the new Outback comes with 108.1 cubic feet. This means that you and your passengers will have more room to stretch out and settle in for both long and short rides.

If you're interested in towing a pop-up camper or a small boat, your best bet will be choosing the Outback since it has a maximum towing capacity of 2,700 pounds to the CR-V's 1,500 pounds.

Learn More About the New 2019 Subaru Outback by Taking a Test Drive

As you can see, the new Outback offers a more well-rounded driving experience between it and the CR-V, especially at the base models. The Outback has an overall edge over the CR-V with it leading in these three important categories. Come to our location to learn more about the model-specific details and the various trim levels. Contact our sales department today to schedule a test drive!

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