2018 Subaru Outback vs 2018 Honda CR-V | What's the Difference?

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2018 Subaru Outback 2018 Honda CR-V Versus

2018 Subaru Outback

vs.

2018 Honda CR-V

2.5-liter 4-Cylinder

Engine

2.4-liter 4-Cylinder
18.5 gal

Fuel Tank Capacity

14.0 gal
2,700 lbs

Towing Capacity

1,500 lbs

Serving Duluth, Atlanta, and Johns Creek, GA

The 2018 Subaru Outback is a mid-size crossover SUV that offers six trims. Having a compact body, the 2018 Honda CR-V is a crossover SUV that comes in four editions. As in previous years, the Outback runs on the BOXER powertrain, Lineartronic transmission and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. These signature mechanical features can't be matched by anything that's under the hood of the Honda CR-V. The signature STARLINK multimedia system also makes the 2018 Outback the perfect vehicle for tech-savvy drivers and passengers.

Performance

It's not surprising that the legendary BOXER engine is standard in the 2018 Subaru Outback. The 2.5 L version delivers up to 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet. You get 256 hp and 247 lb-ft from the 3.6 L engine. Boosted by a turbocharger, the 2018 Honda CR-V's 1.5 L engine can't whip out more than 190 hp and 179 lb-ft. The base trim runs on a naturally aspirated 2.4 L engine that has lower ratings than the turbo engine. A standard towing capacity of 2,700 pounds gives the Outback a major advantage over this compact Honda crossover SUV.

Handling

Every 2018 Outback rolls on the signature Symmetrical AWD system that's been exclusively developed by Subaru. Torque is delivered to the front and rear axles through the X-MODE technology, which also controls other mechanical components. Optional in the 2018 Honda CR-V, the Real Time AWD generates good traction on various landscapes. Handling is optimized by the Intelligent Control System that monitors and adjusts several parameters simultaneously. However, the Lineartronic CVT gives the Subaru Outback the ultimate edge over this Honda model. Besides creating infinite gear speeds, this sophisticated CVT has the Adaptive Control technology. You can even turn on the Manual Mode that comes with six fixed speeds. Additionally, the Incline Start Assist and Hill Holder are integrated into the Lineartronic transmission. The CR-V's traditional CVT with the Sport Mode doesn't pose a big challenge to the Outback's CVT.

Technology

An 8.0-inch diagonal touch screen is a major enhancement to the 2018 Subaru Outback's cockpit. This high-resolution display comes with the STARLINK platform that's packed with digital applications. A GPS navigation system with the Magellan technology and SiriusXM Traffic offers great guidance. With 24/7 access to Aha, iHeartRadio, Pandora and SiriusXM, you'll never run out of entertainment options on the road. The Harman Kardon sound system in the Outback includes 12 speakers that are tuned to produce perfect acoustics. Available with a 7.0-inch infotainment system and nine speakers, the 2018 Honda CR-V doesn't match the high-tech amenities of the Outback. Both crossover SUVs have the Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces for smartphone integration.


The showroom at Subaru of Gwinnett includes a large selection of 2018 Outback models. We invite you to test drive the 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R Limited and other editions in our extensive inventory. You'll surely agree that the 2018 Outback is better than the 2018 Honda CR-V in performance, technology, convenience and other categories.

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