Compare 2019 Subaru Outback vs 2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Subaru Outback vs 2019 Honda CR-V
2019 Subaru Outback 2019 Honda CR-V
Ground Clearance *
  8.7 in. 7.8 in.
Max. Towing Capacity
  2,700 lbs. 1,500 lbs.
Fuel Tank Capacity
  18.5 gal. 14.0 gal.

2019 Subaru Outback vs 2019 Honda CR-V

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Those in the market for a new compact crossover in 2019 may consider the new Subaru Outback or the new Honda CR-V. Although both of these vehicles have a lot to love, the Outback outshines the CR-V in a few key categories. Let's take a look at how these two rivals stack up.


Both of these vehicles will have two engine options this year. The base engine in the CR-V is a 2.4-liter inline four which can generate 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will find that the base engine in the Outback is similar. It is a 2.5-liter flat four that produces 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.

One way that the Outback really shows its superiority is with its upgraded engine. Being a 3.6-liter flat six, it can generate 256 horsepower as well as 247 lb-ft of torque. This is significantly more powerful than the upgraded CR-V, which is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four than only produces 190-horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Those who frequently tow things with their vehicle will also be interested to know that the maximum capacity of the Outback is 2,700 pounds, which is much higher than the CR-V's 1,500.

Off-Road Capability

Anyone looking for a vehicle to take off the beaten path will find the Outback to be the obvious choice. The ground clearance of the 2019 Outback is 8.7 inches, more than the CR-V's 7.8 inches. Although this may not seem significant, it makes a huge difference when going over obstacles. Plus, all-wheel-drive is a standard option on the Outback. Drivers want to upgrade from front-wheel-drive on their CR-V will need to add over $1,000 to their total price.

Standard Features

Although both vehicles have a comprehensive suite of advanced technology features, it is not standard on all trim levels of the CR-V. This is not the case with the Outback, which offers Lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system on each and every 2019 model.

It is a similar situation when it comes to technology aimed at fun and convenience. While the CR-V offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on most trims, it is standard across the board for all versions of the Outback.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff here at Suburban Subaru would like to invite you down to test drive the new 2019 Outback. We have a feeling you will agree that it is the right choice for those in the market for a new compact crossover.

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