Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Subaru Outback Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Subaru Outback

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Outback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Outback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 66 percent more Honda dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 26 points higher than the Outback.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 1 place higher in reliability than Subaru.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (184 vs. 175) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 174) than the Outback 2.5i’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the CR-V LX is faster than the Outback 2.5i:

 

CR-V

Outback

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

10.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V 1.5T AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Outback 3.6R (27 city/33 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Outback doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Outback:

 

CR-V

Outback

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Outback (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Outback.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Outback 2.5i Limited (27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Subaru Outback.

The CR-V is 9.3 inches shorter than the Outback, making the CR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Outback doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Outback 3.6R Limited (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has .3 inches more rear headroom and 2.3 inches more rear legroom than the Outback.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Outback with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 35.5 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Outback with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 73.3 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Outback doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Touring’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Outback doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Outback can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Outback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the CR-V and the Outback offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outback Base/Premium doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Outback because it costs $738 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Outback, including $202 less for a water pump, $21 less for front brake pads, $38 less for fuel injection, $76 less for a fuel pump and $132 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Outback, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Outback was rated third in its category.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Outback has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Subaru Outback by over two to one during 2017.

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