Utility vehicles are the in-thing at the moment in the US as the sales numbers just keep on growing; this includes both wagons and crossovers. Wagons might even be slightly above crossovers in the utility ride category. The Honda CR-V and 2017 Subaru Outback are testament to this and both are two beauties that are very different from each other.
The Subaru Outback hasn’t really been known as a complete wagon, however it is still being sold among that segment in some of the markets. The Outback is the winner when you compare it to the Honda CR-V as it comes with the 2.5 litre flat-four or the 3.6 litre flat-six engine with CVT and offers up to 175 horses and 256 horses.
The Honda CR-V has the 2.4 litre four cylinder which offers up 185 horses and it comes with CVT. There is also the 1.5 litre turbocharged giving out 190 horses. While the engine offers more power on paper, it really doesn’t give the impression in real life. The handling and driving experience of the Subaru Outback is better.
The previous version of the Subaru Outback gave 28mpg combined, while the Honda CR-V offers 27mpg. The new CR-V offers 30mpg and this outdoes the Subaru.
For design the Honda CR-V looks like something that soccer moms would drive around in thanks to its more refined looks and the Subaru Outback is taller and offers a look that is bolder.
The Subaru Outback is superb for hills, desert and country roads, more so than driving around urban areas. Some buyers think it has edges that are too rough but then they do give the vehicle its character.
The Honda CR-V offers up plenty of interior space and the seats fold down, plus it has lots of storage space.
The Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V are both on par with each other for the price tag as the Honda is $24, 645 and the Subaru is $25, 645. So which would you choose?