2018 Subaru Outback vs 2018 Honda CR-V Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback

Front Leg Room

  42.9 in.

Fuel Capacity

  18.5 gal.


2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V

Front Leg Room

  41.3 in.

Fuel Capacity

  14.0 gal

2018 Subaru Outback vs 2018 Honda CR-V

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The 2018 Subaru Outback is a compact crossover SUV that comes in six trims. Having a similar body, the 2018 Honda CR-V is available in four editions. Under the hood, the Outback has more advanced standard features that are tuned for off-road driving. This Subaru also offers the trademark STARLINK infotainment system that includes GPS navigation and the latest smartphone connectivity.

Performance

Consisting of four cylinders that are laid out in a horizontally opposed configuration, the 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5 L BOXER engine spits out a maximum of 175 horsepower. You can extract up to 174 pound-feet of torque from this naturally aspirated engine that's managed by the Active Valve Control System. Displacing 3.6 L, the six-cylinder BOXER engine pumps out up to 256 hp and 247 lb-ft. The valvetrain in this powertrain is managed by the Dual Active Valve Control System. Standard in the 2018 Honda CR-V base trim, the 2.4L i-VTEC engine can't generate more than 184 hp and 180 lb-ft. The other editions run on a 1.5 L turbocharged engine that's rated at 190 hp and 179 lb-ft. Both of the CR-V's engines are linked to the Eco Assist System, which conserves fuel in some situations. This Honda crossover SUV has a standard towing capacity of only 1,500 pounds. You could tow a 2,700-pound trailer with the Subaru Outback.

Handling

When you get behind the wheel of the 2018 Subaru Outback, there's no need to worry about making manual gear selections. The Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission automatically selects the ideal setting in the gearbox. This responsive transmission comes with the Adaptive Control technology that takes into account your normal driving behavior. The Incline Start Assist and Hill Holder are integrated into the CVT. Additionally, you could use paddle shifters to select one of six speeds in the Manual Mode. Every 2018 Outback trim rolls on the standard Symmetrical AWD that's engineered to overcome treacherous conditions. When the X-MODE comes on, the drivetrain, transmission, powertrain and braking system are optimized based on real-time demand. Extra stability is guaranteed by the Vehicle Dynamics Control and Traction Control. When this Subaru crossover SUV navigates curved paths and serpentine trails, the Active Torque Vectoring kicks in. This dynamic technology increases the responsiveness of the steering system and brakes. You can also rely on the electric power-assisted steering system for firm control on the road. Paired with the Sports Mode, the 2018 Honda CR-V CVT doesn't quite match up to the Lineartronic system. Even though it's available with the Real Time AWD, this Honda lacks any features that resemble the X-MODE and Torque Vectoring Control.

Technology

The 2018 Subaru Outback STARLINK Multimedia Navigation System includes an 8.0-inch diagonal touch screen. If turn-by-turn directions and colored maps aren't enough, you could get additional data from SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. Most of the infotainment system applications, such as Yelp and Magellan, are set up on a secure cloud network that won't experience technical problems. Aha, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio give you an abundance of music streaming options in this Subaru crossover SUV. A dozen speakers by Harman Kardon play your preferred radio channels. Acoustics are enhanced by an amplifier that's rated at 576 peak watts. The high-tech Outback also offers seamless smartphone integration through Bluetooth, Near Field Communication, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The 2018 Honda CR-V has the signature HondaLink suite and several portals that are compatible with Android and iOS.

Visit our dealership with your family and discover the 2018 Subaru Outback. This versatile crossover SUV is superior to the 2018 Honda CR-V in numerous categories.