The Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V are two of the most well-known SUVs on the market today. Both brands are lauded for their high-quality vehicles that increase both safety and confidence on the road.
If you've been searching for a new vehicle in the Guelph, ON area, that means choosing one over the other. To help you decide, the team at Pfaff Subaru has created this 2023 Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V comparison.
Choosing SUVs like the Subaru Outback or the Honda CR-V means you’re in for an athletic performance. Thanks to their powerful engines and reliable drivetrains, both models can deliver you from Point A to Point B confidently. However, if you’re ready to drive an SUV that elevates your ride quality to suit various driving scenarios, the Outback is ready to serve.
Both vehicles offer similar powertrains, taking you where you need to go safely and in style. However, when we compare their highest engine output, they start to differ. Available in the 2023 Subaru Outback is the enhanced 2.4-litre SUBARU BOXER® engine, which generates 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.
On the other hand, the 2023 CR-V can only be equipped with a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. Although it cranks out 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, it offers less muscle than the Outback.
The Subaru Outback’s powerful performance is backed by standard Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time All-Wheel Drive. This unique drivetrain is exclusive to Subaru, and it offers a lower centre of gravity and less drag. Plus, you’ll feel confident driving any terrain on your commute.
On the other hand, the Honda CR-V lacks standard all-wheel drive, which may leave you wanting more from your drive.
SUVs are versatile vessels, and the Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V certainly qualify. Both models are equipped for different drives. Plus, their generous power allows them to tow, too. However, thanks to proper equipment and a larger engine configuration, the Subaru Outback can provide a more versatile and expanded experience.
Hauling large items behind your vehicle is a treat as well as a necessity for many vacations. Both models offer the tools for the job, but only one can haul bigger items, such as a small motorboat.
While the Honda CR-V can tow up to 680 kilograms (1,500 pounds), the Outback outcompetes it with a maximum towing capacity of 1,588 kilograms (3,500 pounds). It can manoeuvre while towing, too, thanks to standard traction and handling features, such as X-MODE®.
Your all-wheel-drive engagement in the Outback increases due to an optimized output and transmission ratio courtesy of X-MODE®. You’ll have more grip on low-traction surfaces, especially if you’re taking a trailer off-road. Though the CR-V offers available AWD and stability controls, it lacks advanced handling features, such as X-MODE®.
Thanks to agile handling and strong capabilities, you can easily experience a stable ride in the Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V. However, as you’re enjoying the ride, it’s important to be able to sink into comfort inside, too. Fortunately, both models are equipped with modern technologies and easy-to-use features to enhance your experience. However, the Outback edges out the CR-V in this department.
Both the 2023 Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V have comfortable interiors with intelligent features for everyone on board.
Whether you prefer to listen to your favourite songs or catch up on an audiobook, both SUVs have great sound systems and connectivity features to make road trip activities more pleasurable:
However, if you’re in need of a larger screen to browse your music or audiobook options, the Outback can be equipped with an available 11.6-inch tablet-style display. While both SUVs sport impressive 7-inch displays standardly, the Honda's upgraded centre display is just nine inches.
So, if you want a touchscreen display that reduces eye strain and improves accessibility, the Subaru Outback may be your better option.
The team at Pfaff Subaru has just shown that, although both SUVs are powerful options, one is the better choice. If you're looking for a vehicle with powerful performance, precise handling, and smart technology, it's time to test drive the Subaru Outback.
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