How Does the New Subaru Outback Fare vs. Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4?

Subaru Outback, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4 are dependable compact SUVs designed to go anywhere. However, they aren't all prepared for off-road adventure, capable of trekking across diverse terrain and through bad weather with advanced safety features, creature comforts, and a ton of in-cabin tech in tow. That's Subaru Outback territory, and it blazes a trail against its rivals in all the ways they can't. Check out the head-to-head here at Patrick Subaru, and you'll see what we mean.

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V

  • Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring trims have a 256-horsepower, 3.5-liter SUBARU BOXER flat-six engine. It can deliver 247 pound-feet of torque. Honda CR-V and its 184- and 190-horsepower engines are less eager accelerators.
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and active torque vectoring, a precision cornering system, are standard in Subaru Outback. It also features an X-MODE for reducing wheel slip compensating for both over- and understeer while maneuvering around Westborough. AWD is only available in Honda CR-V, and models with it only have a Torque Distribution Monitor; no special slip-reduction mode is offered.
  • EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, our brand's driver-aid suite, comes standard in Subaru Outback and LED steering-responsive headlights for peering around corners in Marlborough MA are available in select trims. Honda CR-V offers a similar safety system, Honda Sensing, but it's only standard in the EX trim and later, and steering-sensitive headlighting isn't offered.

Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4

  • A 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter engine comes standard in Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring, ready to deliver 247 pound-feet of turning and pulling power. Toyota RAV4 features a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force I4 capable of only 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That makes Subaru Outback the more powerful and confident handler for the Worcester drive.
  • Standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a wheel-slip-reducing X-MODE, and active torque vectoring make Subaru Outback dependable across diverse landscapes and around corners. Toyota RAV4 offers two AWD systems to choose from, but both are optional, and Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD is only standard in Toyota RAV4 Adventure.
  • Subaru Outback makes up to 73.3 cubic feet of space available for cargo, and it can tow up to 2,700 pounds. Toyota RAV4 only provides up to 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space, and it can only tow as much as 1,500 pounds in base trims.

Test Drive the New Subaru Outback Today at Our Subaru Dealership in Shrewsbury

There plenty more to love about our automaker's flagship wagon-become-rugged SUV. Of course, if another new Subaru car or SUV is more your speed, we offer something from the entire lineup. Whatever drive speaks to you, feel free to contact our auto financing center to discuss your Subaru loan and lease options.

Be sure to take advantage of all our site has to offer along the way as well -- you can learn more about leasing, check out special finance and lease offers, or even take a look at the terms of the Subaru Guaranteed Trade-In Program. The last helps you get the best possible value for a Subaru trade, and your value quote's available for lock-in as soon as after one ownership year and is good for up to eight years from your original warranty start date. The long story, short: you can step into the driver's seat of the latest Subaru whenever you choose. We'll even apply your trade-in value to the down payment on your next car loan or Subaru lease.

Call or visit our Boston Turnpike showroom to schedule some time behind the wheel to see what a new Subaru can do for you. We look forward to meeting you!