2017 Subaru Outback vs. 2017 Honda CR-V Comparison

How Does 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Fare Against its 2017 Honda CR-V LX Competition? Let JK Subaru Show You

If you're looking to take the step up from a compact SUV to one full-size and loaded with travel- and off-road-friendly features, look no further that the 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i. Even at this base model, the eponymous sport utility vehicle excels against competitors like the 2017 Honda CR-V LX base, and when one runs the gamut from hard-charging build to amenities, size and everything between, all the way to value for your investment, the proof is evident. Take a look with us here at JK Subaru.

2017 Outback 2.5i Powers to Victory with an Efficient Build

When it comes down to brass engine tacks, 2017 Outback brings a 2.5L H4 engine to compete with Honda CR-V's 2.4L I4, shelling out a comparable 175 horsepower to the latter's 184 and 174 pound-feet torque to CR-V's 180. And though 2017 Outback's numbers differ, it delivers optimal comparative use of torque for the get-up-and-go, thanks to an engine displacement of 2498 cc to Honda's 2356. Couple this with a fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons to Honda's 14.0 gallons, and Outback's ready to go that extra mile, with fewer trips to the pump. And it shows in 2017 Outback's fuel economy, a comparable 25 mpg city to Honda's 26 mpg, with both models weighing in on highway mileage at 32 mpg.

As Pertains Handling Smoothness, Subaru Outback Likewise Comes Out on Top

And if you're headed into the thick of it, it goes without saying that you'll need the right drivetrain with the proper handling for the job. 2017 Subaru Outback features a sturdy standard all-wheel drive complete with a longer 108.1-inch wheelbase in its 2.5i trim, whereas Honda's base CR-V showcases only two-wheel drive and 105.9 inches respectively. That means 2017 Outback's road feel's set to remain the clear winner against Honda CR-V due to smoother gear shifts, even at higher curb weight, 3580 pounds, to CR-V's 3307 pounds. Outback shows off a Lineartronic 6-speed continuously variable, electronically controlled, manually interactive automatic transmission with overdrive to make this happen. 2017 Honda CR-V LX offers but a 2-speed CVT with overdrive.

And how does Outback do against CR-V when it comes to the road's vicissitudes? 2017 Outback's curb-to-curb turning circle of 36.1 inches gets the edge on Honda's 37.4 inches, making Outback the better handler in tight spaces, even with comparable suspensions and brake systems. Not to mention Outback supports towing up to 2700 pounds to Honda's 1500 pounds. Note the fact that 2017 Outback offers a roof rack standard, whereas Honda's is only an option, and Subaru's SUV shows itself a seasoned traveler for trailers and top cargo alike.

Subaru Tops its 2017 Outback Offering with Advances on Honda CR-V in Interior, Safety and Most of All, Value

When it comes to lighting out into the Wild Blue Yonder, it pays to have a ride as comfortable as the handling is ideal. And though 2017 Outback showcases front and rear head, hip, leg and shoulder room comparable to 2017 Honda CR-V, the spacious Outback edges Honda's compact SUV out in places where it matters, like Outback's entire cockpit as well as its rear-seating shoulder area. In fact, Outback moves into victory lane as pertains overall passenger volume, a roomy 108.1 cubic feet to surpass CR-V's 105.9 by just over 2 cubic feet. But comfort is naught without the peace of mind evinced by an impeccable safety rating, and 2017 Subaru Outback boasts two from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: a Front Driver Crash Test rating of five stars and a Front Passenger Crash Test rating of four stars. 2017 Honda CR-V isn't currently rated.

In terms of overall value, 2017 Outback's base MSRP of $25,645 and total MSRP of $26,520 tabulate a little higher than Honda CR-V's respective $24,045 and $24,985. One can adjudge 2017 Outback the preferable dollar value, though, precisely for the range of comparable equipment of which one can take advantage, and of which Honda doesn't offer standard in its CR-V base.

Want to See What a Brand-New 2017 Subaru Outback Can Do for Your Next Excursion? Stop by JK Subaru for a Test Drive

Our 1800 Highway 69 N. showroom has more than a few 2017 Outback models to pique your interest, and our friendly, knowledgeable staff of experts will be delighted to introduce you to a driver's seat. We serve drivers from Nederland, TX and nearby, so visit us, and we'll get you set up. We look forward to your visit!


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