A green 2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V

Are you looking for a new SUV with the ability to keep up with your active lifestyle? Take into consideration either the 2020 Subaru Outback or 2020 Honda CR-V, both of which can seat up to five passengers, enough room to carry your small family or a group of friends. To help you make an informed decision regarding the best new vehicle for you, the team at McLaughlin Subaru has created the following Outback vs. CR-V comparison page.

If you've decided the 2020 Subaru Outback is right for you, explore our inventory in Moline, IL, and pair your favorite model with a lease deal. If you have questions for our Subaru dealership team, give us a call at (866) 960-7363.

The 2020 Subaru Outback base model starts at $26,645 MSRP, while the 2020 Honda CR-V base model has a starting MSRP of $25,050.

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V
Power & Handling

The 2020 CR-V and Outback both have the versatility and fuel efficiency to take you far. The Outback is standardly equipped with Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive, while the CR-V can be equipped with either two-wheel (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Both SUVs are standard with continuously variable transmissions (CVT), which is known as Lineartronic® CVT on the Outback. CVTs help transition the gear ratio to better assist in fuel economy or power, which changes based on current driving conditions.

Engine Options

The 2020 Subaru Outback and 2020 Honda CR-V both have two engines to choose from. Your deciding factor will depend largely on whether saving at the gas pump or having higher performance numbers is more important to you.

2020 SUV Model

Performance Specs

Subaru Outback

    • 182 HP
    • 176 lb.-ft. of torque
    • 26 city/33 hwy MPG
    • 260 HP
    • 277 lb.-ft.
    • 23 city/30 hwy MPG

Honda CR-V

  • 1.5L turbocharged I4
    • 190 HP
    • 179 lb.-ft. of torque
    • 26 city/32 hwy MPG
  • Hybrid 2.0L VTEC®
    • 212 total system HP
    • 40 city/35 hwy MPG
Closeup of the leather seats in a 2020 Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V

Both the 2020 Honda CR-V and 2020 Subaru Outback are comfortable for both you and your passengers. These SUVs both include leather-wrapped and heated steering wheels for easy gripping even during the coldest winters. During summer months, crank the dual-zone automatic climate control on both models. For other Outback interior features, review the following list.

  • Ventilated front seats
  • Power tilt/sliding moonroof
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Ten-way power driver's seat
  • Eight-way power front passenger's seat

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V

The exterior dimensions of the Subaru Outback and Honda CR-V are similar at first glance. However, the Subaru Outback is longer than the Honda CR-V and has a higher ground clearance.

Subaru Outback

2020 SUV Model

Honda CR-V

191.3 in.


182.1 in.

73 in.


73 in.

66.1 in.


66.5 in.

8.7 in.

Ground Clearance

8.2 in.

108.1 in.


104.8 in.

2020 Subaru Outback dashboard

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V

Tech-savvy drivers and passengers will enjoy the features available on either the Subaru Outback or Honda CR-V. The Outback boasts a Harman Kardon® premium audio system with 12 speakers, while the CR-V includes a premium audio system with nine speakers. Additionally, both include Homelink®, a practical tool that lets you open your garage door without hunting for a loose remote control. For other Subaru Outback technologies, check out the following list.

  • STARLINK® 11.6 in. Multimedia Navigation or Plus
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capability
  • Dual front seat USB input ports
  • Dual rear seat USB charging ports

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V

Both Honda and Subaru take your safety seriously. That's why both offer blind spot detection systems with cross traffic alerts. Additionally, both are equipped with LED daytime running lights. For other Outback driver-assist safety systems, read through the list below.

  • 180-degree front-view monitor
  • X-MODE® with hill descent control
  • Auto-on/off wiper-linked LED headlights
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Whiplash-reducing front seats with height and tilt-adjustable head restraints

2019 Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V

Popular SUVs in the Moline, IL, Area

Are you looking for a new SUV with the ability to keep up with your active lifestyle? There are a number of options available, but the most popular for drivers in the Moline, IL, area are the 2019 Subaru Outback and 2019 Honda CR-V. To help you make an informed decision regarding the best new vehicle for you, the team at McLaughlin Subaru in Moline, IL, has created the following comparison page. Continue reading to learn more, or contact our dealership directly by calling (866) 960-7363.

For the purposes of this comparison, we will be taking a closer look at the 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i, starting at $26,345 MSRP, and the 2019 Honda CR-V LX, starting at $24,450 MSRP.

2019 Subaru Outback Interior

Interior Comfort

Whether you plan to take your new SUV on a road trip with the family or simply to run errands, you'll want your vehicle to have a well-appointed cabin. While both the Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V offer a list of interior amenities, the Outback has more family friendly features you're sure to appreciate. Key interior features you can expect from the Subaru Outback includes the following:

  • Six-way manually adjustable driver's seat
  • Cloth-trimmed upholstery
  • Paddle shifters
  • Eight total cup holders
  • Cargo-area under floor storage
  • 73 cu.-ft. of maximum cargo volume

Performance and Handling

What are your requirements when it comes to your new vehicle's performance? If you are looking for the ideal combination of power and efficiency, then our experts agree you'll prefer the 2019 Subaru Outback. Equipped with a 2.5L I4 engine with 175 HP and 174 lb.-ft. of torque, the Outback out performs the Honda CR-V, which has a smaller 2.4L I4 engine. While both models offer 32 MPG highway, only the Subaru Outback has Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for superior handling.

Outback 2.5i vs. CR-V LX

Compare the 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i and CR-V LX using the following table. While similar in many respects, these two SUVs reflect their value in different ways.

2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i

Key Features

2019 Honda CR-V LX




STARLINK® 6.5-in. Multimedia Plus



17-in. aluminum alloy w/ silver finish


17-in. alloy





Seating Capacity


Engine Options

2019 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2019 SUV

2019 Honda CR-V LX




175 HP


184 HP

174 lb.-ft.


180 lb.-ft.


MPG (city/hwy)


Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2019 Subaru Outback has the capacity to tow up to 2,700 lbs., perfect for light projects. The 2019 Honda CR-V, on the other hand, can only tow up to 1,500 lbs.

2019 Subaru Outback safety features

Safety Features

Do you want complete peace of mind while behind the wheel of your vehicle? While both the 2019 Subaru Outback and 2019 Honda CR-V have similar features such as a rearview camera, the Subaru Outback boasts a longer list of exceptional safety options, including:

  • EyeSight® Driver Assist technology with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • Brake Assist
  • Traction control
  • LED daytime running lights

Tech Features

Modern drivers need the latest technology features to stay connected and entertained. The 2019 Subaru Outback comes equipped with a 6.5-in. touchscreen, but you'll have to pay more to upgrade to a similar feature with the Honda CR-V. The 2019 Outback also has two USB ports, automatic headlights, and a four-speaker audio system.

Safety Awards

The Outback has been presented with coveted safety awards thanks to the impeccable safety features it offers. NHTSA awarded the 2019 Subaru Outback with a 5-star Overall Safety Rating and IIHS gave the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award to the 2019 Subaru Outback.

Lease a 2019 Subaru Outback

You can add the 2019 Subaru Outback to your daily drive for an affordable monthly payment thanks to the lease specials available at McLaughlin Subaru in Moline, IL. Browse our current 2019 Outback lease offers to find one that fits your budget, and then claim your offer by calling our dealership at (866) 960-7363.

2019 Subaru Outback on road

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