2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Honda CR-V Comparison in Columbus, OH

What makes a brand-new Subaru such a remarkable value for life in Central Ohio? More standard safety equipment, standard all-wheel drive and more standard technology! It means you won't have to spend more on costly options packages to get the features you want at a price you'll love. To prove it, we've compared the 2021 Subaru Outback and the 2021 Honda CR-V below. As you'll see, while the CR-V is a bit more affordable, the latest Subaru Outback gives you more. To get the features you expect from a modern SUV in the new Honda CR-V, you'll have to add options and upgrade trim levels -- and that means spending more. Below, we'll show you why you might consider the 2021 Subaru Outback instead!

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2021 Subaru Outback vs. 2021 Honda CR-V: Size & Design

These two SUVs actually provide very similar interior space -- but these vehicles are still quite different in terms of design. The 2021 Honda CR-V is built with a tall, upright body like a traditional SUV. By contrast, the 2021 Subaru Outback features a lower, longer roof and a more streamlined shape. We think it adds a more premium look. Better yet, every 2021 Subaru Outback comes standard with raised roof rails with folding crossbars so it's ready to carry all your gear. Roof side rails are an available option on the CR-V, but only on the pricey, top-of-the-line Touring trim level. Also standard on the 2021 Subaru Outback are dazzling Steering Responsive LED headlights. LED headlights are an optional upgrade on the CR-V, and steering-responsive lighting isn't available at all.


Subaru Outback Interior

2021 Subaru Outback vs. 2021 Honda CR-V: Features

When you climb inside the 2021 Subaru Outback, you're greeted by the very latest Subaru multimedia system. With a pair of 7" touchscreens for multimedia and climate functions -- or a large 11.6" display on premium trim levels -- every new Outback feels cutting edge inside. Contrast that with the entry-level 2021 Honda CR-V LX which features a 5" non-touch screen. It's also lacking Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, which come standard on each and every new 2021 Subaru Outback. More standard technology makes the 2021 Subaru Outback an even better choice.

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2021 Subaru Outback vs. 2021 Honda CR-V: Performance

Entry-level 2021 Subaru Outback models are equipped with a very similar engine to the 2021 Honda CR-V, at least in terms of performance and efficiency. With nearly the same horsepower, torque and MPG, it comes down to ride quality to separate these vehicles. Thanks to the unique shape of the horizontally opposed BOXER® engine, the engine can be placed lower in the engine bay. The result is a lower center of gravity and a more car-like handling feel, instead of the top-heavy feel you might expect from an SUV.

Furthermore, the new 2021 Subaru Outback XT models are equipped with a sophisticated, turbocharged engine delivering 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. That's a whole lot more power than you can get from either the 2021 Honda CR-V or CR-V Hybrid.

Last but not least, every 2021 Subaru Outback features standard all-wheel drive and X-MODE® technology. Select the mode suitable for the terrain ahead and press on -- the Outback is tough enough to tackle all sorts of unpaved surfaces and bad weather. All-wheel drive will cost you extra on the 2021 Honda CR-V, and it doesn't provide as much ground clearance as the Outback.


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2021 Subaru Outback vs. 2021 Honda CR-V: Safety

The 2021 Honda CR-V impressed the experts at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety -- so much so it earned their 2021 Top Safety Pick award. However, the 2021 Subaru Outback exceeded their expectations, earning the even-more-exclusive 2021 Top Safety Pick+ honor!

It's thanks to a durable crash frame, sophisticated LED headlights and modern driver assistance. Every 2021 Subaru Outback is equipped with Subaru EyeSight®. It's a suite of features like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control that help you avoid dangers on the road. The 2021 Honda CR-V also comes standard with similar technology -- but it's not available with automatic emergency braking in reverse. Handy for crowded parking lots or backing onto busy streets, available Reverse Automatic Braking on the Subaru Outback isn't an option on the Honda CR-V.

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With a starting MSRP of $26,795, the 2021 Subaru Outback costs about $1,500 more than the new 2021 Honda CR-V at the entry-level. That means, once you pay for all-wheel drive on the new CR-V, their costs will be roughly identical. You still don't get Apple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™ or LED headlights for that price on the Honda CR-V -- all of which is standard on every 2021 Subaru Outback. Come see all these exciting features and experience its versatile performance during a test drive at Byers Airport Subaru.

2021 Subaru Outback2021 Honda CR-V
$26,795Starting MSRP*$25,350
109 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume105.9 Cubic Feet
32.5 Cubic FeetCargo Volume (Behind Rear Seat)39.2 Cubic Feet
75.7 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume75.8 Cubic Feet
Symmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard Drive ConfigurationFront Wheel Drive
182Standard Horsepower190
260Max Available Horsepower190
33 Highway - 26 CityFuel Economy (MPG with AWD)32 Highway - 27 City
LED Steering ResponsiveStandard HeadlightsHalogen
3,500 PoundsMax Available Towing Capacity1,500 Pounds

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.