2018 Subaru Outback vs. 2018 Honda CR-V
If you’re in the market for a new crossover SUV, both the 2018 Subaru Outback and the 2018 Honda CR-V should be considered as potential options.
With plenty of cool features, high safety ratings and impressive fuel economy scores, both vehicles are viable choices for virtually any consumer.
Read ahead to find out which car is the better option for you:
Potential customers will be happy to hear that both vehicles come at relatively affordable prices. The 2018 Outback starts at $29,295 (with AWD) while its counterpart begins slightly cheaper at $28,988 (No AWD). No matter which option you choose, you can be assured that you’re getting good bang for your buck.
Handling & Performance
While both vehicles maneuver well, many experts believe the Outback is a little easier to handle than the CR-V. As a result, the Outback could be seen as a better option for drivers who live further north and experience the harsh winter elements on a more regular basis.
The 2018 Outback also comes with a new suspension and updated brakes, making for a much smoother ride.
Fortunately, both vehicles performed well in their crash assessments, receiving five-star scores in all tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
However, the Outback performed better according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as the IIHS chose Subaru’s newest crossover as one of its Top Safety Picks for 2018.
Subaru’s newest crossover SUV owns an impressive fuel economy rating of 11.5 litres per 100 km in the city and roughly 8.8 litres per 100 km on the highway. The CR-V offers pretty much the same rating, boasting a fuel efficiency score of 10.5 litres per 100 km for city driving and 8.5 litres per 100 km for highway driving.
However, the Outback has a much larger fuel tank, meaning you won’t have to make as many trips to the gas station on your commute home from work.
As always, Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system leads the way and every Outback whereas all-wheel drive is an upgrade option on the CR-V.
If you’re part of a larger family, you’ll be pleased to know that both the Outback and CR-V are equipped with plenty of room and cargo space.
The Outback has slightly more leg and back room, while the CR-V has more space for cargo, so it’s up to you to decide what you prefer. It should be noted that the Outback also has plenty of head room, making it a more practical choice for taller drivers.
Overall, the Outback is both longer and wider, making it a better option if you’re looking for a more spacious vehicle.
With more space, better handling, and a bigger fuel tank, the Outback is likely a more practical option compared to Honda’s new CR-V.