2018 Subaru Outback  2018 Honda CR-V 

Compare Subaru Outback to its New SUV Rivals in San Jose, CA

Against the Latest Honda CR-V, the New 2018 Subaru Outback Forges Ahead on the Trail

Out of San Jose, along the Guadalupe River, from the Santa Cruz Mountains north to the great Californian wide-open, awe-inspiring venues abound for adventure. For them, Mother Nature demands more than just any compact SUV. You'll need a traveler uniquely seasoned for the journey, a rugged wagon-turned-SUV built to command the terrain, but with the pleasure cruise of a family-friendly, five-passenger crossover built for the everyday and a tradition of durability and reliability spanning decades.

Luckily, you can find these in the new Subaru Outback. It's roomy for the long haul, comfortable for the whole gang, big on taking on cargo, and expertly equipped, from safety and driver-assist features to performance, technology, and fuel efficiency. Best of all, when it comes to mainstays like Honda CR-V, the new Outback excels. Check out just a few of the ways for yourself, and we think you'll see not only why long-time Subaru orienteers from Santa Clara and Cupertino to Mountain View and Sunnyvale love it, but also why they're more likely to opt for one.

2018 Subaru Outback vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

  • If you're looking for options from capable base to high-performance and luxuriously appointed, you'll find more in 2018 Outback. Its trim line spans the gamut from 2.5i and 2.5i Premium through 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring to high-octane 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring models. Honda CR-V offers only four trims, LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring, and no performance model is offered.
  • Outback is also the more prominent and muscular of the two new SUV builds, offering a design longer overall and by wheelbase, and incorporating the celebrated Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard, complete with a wheel slip-reducing X-MODE®. CR-V offers AWD only as an option, and with no comparable mode.
  • The new Subaru Outback showcases a horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine, which, in tandem with AWD, delivers a balanced and capable ride with optimum power transfer from engine to all four wheels. Whether standard or turbocharged, the new CR-V DOHC engine is four-cylinder in-line by design, lacking the same kind of structure that puts Subaru ahead of the pack from base to top trims.
  • Though Honda may excel Subaru at base in horsepower and torque, 184 to 175 and 180 pound-feet to 174 respectively, top Outback trims pull far ahead of their CR-V counterparts. Go 3.6R, and you can take advantage of a 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter engine shelling 247 pound-feet of energetic torque. 2018 CR-V puts out only 190 horsepower at 179 pound-feet.
  • With a higher fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons, you can look forward to spending more time behind the wheel of your 2018 Subaru Outback, too, and less at the pump. With the new 2018 CR-V, count on a tank only 14.0 gallons in size.
  • For maneuverability, Subaru is the better choice. Outback offers a 36.1-foot turning circle. Honda isn't as tight, providing one at 37.4 feet.
  • Ditto for capability. Expect 2,700 pounds of max towing support in Outback versus 1,500 pounds from CR-V.
  • Ours is even the more accommodating interior, burgeoning at 108.1 cubic feet to Honda at 105.9, and inclusive of more front head, leg, and shoulder room, as well as rear shoulder room.
  • You can even find more infotainment options by the numbers. Outback offers three systems: a STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia, STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus, and STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard for smartphone integration in the base and up. Plus, you can choose from three audio systems: four- and six-speaker setups, and a 576-watt-equivalent, 12-speaker variant with a GreenEdge amplifier. CR-V offers either a 5-inch color LCD or a 7-inch display audio touchscreen, smaller than the Subaru trifecta. Though Honda may offer four-, six-, and eight-speaker audio variants, with a 330-watt, nine-speaker premium audio system at the top of the line, they don't come close to options in Outback, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be gained only with graduation to the second EX trim.

Ready to See the Difference for Yourself?

You can find out more about how the new 2018 Subaru Outback makes the grade against its toughest competition right here at Stevens Creek Subaru in San Jose, CA. Take the scenic SoCal drive by our 3155 Stevens Creek Blvd. showroom and we'll treat you to a test drive you're sure to remember!