Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V
Subaru Outback
Honda CR-V
At a Glance: Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V

The Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V are two of the most well-known SUVs on the market today. Both brands are lauded as high-quality vehicles that increase both safety and confidence on the road.

If you've been searching for the right ride in the Mesquite, Rockwall, or Garland area, that means choosing one over the other. To help you decide, the team at Norm Reeves Subaru Superstore Rockwall has created this 2023 Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V comparison.



5 | 5
Outback vs CR-V


260 HP | 190 HP
Outback vs CR-V


3,500 lbs. | 1,500 lbs.
Outback vs CR-V
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Select a category below to learn more about how the Subaru Outback compares to the Honda CR-V.
Subaru Outback

You lead an exciting life. In order to travel to every new destination, you’ll want to find a vehicle with tons of power under the hood. Both the Outback and the CR-V offer similar powertrains, getting you where you need to go safely and in style. However, when we compare their upgraded engines, only one SUV reigns supreme.

Versatility Meets Power

So, how much power can these models offer? The Subaru Outback offers two different engine options, while the Honda CR-V has the same engine across all trims. That means, you’ll find more versatility with the Subaru Outback.

Plus, every engine of the Outback is paired with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD). Unfortunately, you’ll have to upgrade the CR-V to get a similar system, as it’s only available, not standard.

Pure Power

Available in the 2023 Subaru Outback is the enhanced 2.4-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine. It generates  260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. This unique engine is exclusive to Subaru, offering a lower center of gravity and less drag.

The engine in the 2023 CR-V is a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder inline with turbocharger. Though this engine is powerful, it produces less horsepower than the Outback. With only 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, it might leave you wanting more.

Subaru Outback

Hauling large items behind your vehicle is a treat as well as a necessity for many vacations. Both SUVs offer tools for the job, but only one can haul bigger items, such as a small motorboat. Let’s find out which model you should choose for your next camping trip.

Towing With Total Confidence

Whether you’re camping with friends, taking the boat out with the kids, or coming home with new furniture, it’s important to have a vehicle that can tow your belongings.

When properly equipped, the Honda CR-V can tow up to 1,500 pounds, but the Outback beats it handily with a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The Outback can maneuver more nimbly while towing, too, thanks to standard traction and handling features, such as X-MODE®.

Stable Towing

Your AWD engagement in the Outback increases due to an optimized output and transmission ratio courtesy of X-MODE®. You’ll have more grip on low-traction surfaces, especially if you’re taking a trailer off-road.

Though the CR-V offers available AWD and stability controls, it lacks advanced handling features, such as X-MODE®.

Subaru Outback

While engine power is great, it won't mean anything if your SUV isn't comfortable on the inside. Both the 2023 Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V have cozy interiors with plenty of fun for everyone on board.

Amenity-Packed Cabins

Everyone loves to sing along to their favorite songs on a road trip or to catch up on that audiobook they’ve been chipping away at. Both SUVs have cutting-edge sound systems and connectivity to make these road trip activities more pleasurable:

  • 12-speaker Harmon Kardon® premium audio system
  • 11.6-inch display
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • 8-speaker audio system
  • 9-inch display
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™

  • Wi-Fi Connectivity

    However, if you want to stream from the internet, you may want to choose the Outback over the CR-V, as it has available Wi-Fi connectivity, which the CR-V doesn't offer.

    With this feature, your passengers in the back row can stream their favorite shows! Plus, you can post all your vacation pictures to social media, no matter where you are.

    Seize the Day in the 2023 Subaru Outback
    Subaru Outback

    Which SUV comes out on top? Well, the team at Norm Reeves Subaru Superstore Rockwall has just shown you that the 2023 Subaru Outback is the champion. If you're looking for an SUV with powerful performance and smart technology, it's time to test drive the Subaru Outback.

    Take this vehicle for a spin in the Mesquite, Rockwall, or Garland area today!

    All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Outback for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

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