Honda CR-V vs Subaru Outback

2020 Honda CR-V vs 2020 Subaru Outback

Trying to choose between the 2020 Honda CR-V and the 2020 Subaru Outback? You’ve come to the right place! We at Faulkner Honda are experts on the small SUV class, especially popular models like the CR-V and the Outback.

To help drivers near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Hershey find the right SUV for you, we’ve put together this detailed Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback comparison. Read ahead to see which of these models is right for you! If you’re ready to check out our CR-V inventory, easily browse online today!

Honda CR-V vs Subaru Outback: Interior & Cargo Space

Honda CR-V vs Subaru Outback

The 2020 Honda CR-V and the 2020 Subaru Outback are relatively comparable when it comes to interior space. Both models offer five spacious seats and nearly identical cargo space, but you’ll see that the CR-V gives rear passengers just a bit more wiggle room:

Honda CR-V

Subaru Outback

Front / Rear Headroom

40.1 in. / 39.2 in.

40.1 in. / 39.1 in.

Front / Rear Legroom

41.3 in. / 40.4 in.

42.8 in. / 39.5 in.

Standard Cargo Space

39.2 cu. ft.

32.5 cu. ft.

Maximum Cargo Space

75.8 cu. ft.

75.7 cu. ft.

As you can see, the Outback has a bit more front-seat legroom, but it comes at the expense of the rear passengers. Wiggle room is much more evenly distributed in the CR-V.

Honda CR-V vs Subaru Outback

Honda CR-V vs Subaru Outback: Performance


When it comes to fuel economy, there’s quite a big difference between the CR-V and the Outback. Both models are relatively efficient, but the CR-V goes above and beyond with a hybrid Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (eCVT). See how it defeats the Outback with this effective tech:

Honda CR-V

Subaru Outback

Fuel Economy

EPA-estimated 40 city/35 highway MPG for all hybrid models*

EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG

Both models also offer similarly intelligent all-wheel drive systems. With the Outback, you’ll get a Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and the CR-V gives you a Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™. The difference between these two systems is their responsiveness—the CR-V will get that torque you need to the wheels you need it in a bit faster than the Subaru’s system.

Honda CR-V vs Subaru Outback: Technology & Safety

Honda CR-V TechnologyThe 2020 Honda CR-V and the 2020 Subaru Outback have quite a few advanced technology features in common. Both models offer an intuitive infotainment system with smartphone integration, wireless audio streaming, and turn-by-turn navigation.

Both models offer several nearly identical driver-assistive safety features that are designed to act like a smart co-pilot to help you prevent collision. They offer some similar technologies, including blind spot monitoring and automatic on/off high beams.

However, the CR-V has a leg up on the Outback when it comes to availability of these safety features. The CR-V comes standard with the Honda Sensing® safety suite, which includes:


  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™).
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM).
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).



Many of these features are not available in the Outback, and the few features that the Outback has in common with the CR-V don’t even come standard.

Honda CR-V

2020 Honda CR-V vs Subaru Outback: Which One?

While the Outback isn’t necessarily a bad choice, there are many things you’ll miss out on if you choose this model over the 2020 Honda CR-V, starting with efficiency, passenger comfort, and active safety.

Now that you’ve had a taste of what it can do, it’s time to get behind the wheel and experience the CR-V with us at Faulkner Honda. Drivers near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Hershey can schedule a test drive by giving us a call today.



*40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery- pack age/condition and other factors.