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2020 Honda CR-V vs. 2020 Subaru Outback


2020 Honda CR-V LX


2020 Subaru Outback Base
$25,050 MSRP*


$26,645 MSRP


28 mpg**

MPG City

26 mpg
34 mpg**

MPG Highway

33 mpg
75.8 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

75.7 cubic feet
39.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space Behind Rear Seats

32.5 cubic feet

If you’re shopping for a compact SUV in the Lawrence area that can deliver fun-to-drive performance and comes loaded with convenient features, the 2020 Honda CR-V and 2020 Subaru Outback are both solid choices. So, which one has the features you want at the more budget-friendly price? Find out in this CR-V vs. Outback comparison from Rockingham Honda.

Outback or CR-V: MSRP

With either the Outback or CR-V, you’ll find a reasonable sticker price. However, the base Subaru Outback trim with CVT starts at $26,645 MSRP, while the entry-level Honda CR-V LX 2WD with CVT has a starting MSRP of $25,050.* That’s a difference of $1,595, which could be a game-changer for some Methuen-area drivers.

Outback or CR-V: MPG & Performance

Want your compact SUV to provide sporty yet efficient performance on the roads in and around Haverhill? The CR-V LX has a more powerful engine and has better fuel economy numbers than the Outback. Compare the performance specs for both base models below.

  • Engine: The Honda CR-V LX is powered by a 190-hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine that produces 179 lb-ft of torque. The Subaru Outback gets a 182-hp 2.5L four-cylinder that offers 176 lb-ft of torque.
  • Transmission & Drivetrain: With either the Outback or CR-V you’ll get a responsive and smooth-shifting Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive. The CR-V comes with 2WD as standard, with Honda Real-Time AWD™ an available option.
  • MPG Ratings: The fuel economy ratings of these compact SUVs are comparable. The CR-V LX with CVT earns 28 mpg city/34mpg highway**, while the base Outback trims with CVT is rated at 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway.

Outback or CR-V: Dimensions

One of the perks of driving an SUV is its versatile cabin space. The Honda CR-V and Subaru Outback both have seating for up to five, along with 60/40-split-folding rear seats. The CR-V dimensions in the LX trim provide 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, while the Subaru Outback only offers 32.5 cubic feet. With the rear seats folded down, the CR-V LX cargo space jumps to 75.8 cubic feet, as opposed to the Outback, which has 75.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Test Drive the Honda CR-V Today at Rockingham Honda

Get behind the wheel of the new Honda CR-V and experience all that this popular crossover SUV has to offer you today! Learn about the CR-V towing capacity and make sure to check out our new vehicle specials to take advantage of our current money-saving offers. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

**28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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