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2020 Honda CR-V vs. 2020 Subaru Outback

CR-V vs Outback

2020 Honda CR-V LX 2WD with CVT


2020 Subaru Outback
$25,150 MSRP*

Starting Price

$26,645 MSRP
1.5L 4-Cylinder

Base Engine

2.5L 4-Cylinder
190 hp

Base Horsepower

182 hp
28 city mpg / 34 highway mpg*

EPA-Estimated MPG

26 city mpg / 33 highway mpg

Looking for an SUV that can tow your trailer, roam off-road, and keep you and your family safe in Bismarck traffic? Both the 2020 Honda CR-V and the Subaru Outback tick all the boxes and then some. Both of these crossovers score high ratings for safety and reliability, and offer plenty of space for passengers and cargo. But does the Outback or CR-V offer a better value for the features you desire most? Join Ryan Honda of Minot as we compare the Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback head-to-head on pricing, performance, and more.

Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback: Price Range

Smart car-buyers compare pricing across a model’s entire trim lineup, rather than just the starting MSRP. That’s because even though a low starting MSRP may look like a great deal, adding the features you really want requires stepping up several trim levels — a move that will seriously ratchet up the final price.

So is the Outback or CR-V a better value for Devils Lake buyers? The Honda CR-V LX 2WD base trim starts at $25,150, about $1,000 less than the Outback. The price gap only grows as you move up the lineups — and a fully-loaded CR-V will cost you almost $5,000 less than the Outback equivalent.

Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback: Performance Specs

Is the Outback or CR-V the better choice to tow your boat or trailer? Like all Subaru models, the Outback’s standard AWD is a nice perk. However, choosing the CR-V means you’ll pay less — and benefit from a higher-powered engine to boot.

Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback: Base Engines

  • Honda CR-V LX — 190-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder engine with 179 lb-ft of torque
  • Subaru Outback — 182-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 176 lb-ft of torque

Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback: MPG

  • Honda CR-V LX 2WD with CVT — 28 city mpg / 34 highway mpg**
  • Subaru Outback — 26 city mpg / 33 highway mpg

Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback: Interior Dimensions

Whether you’re kayaking or rock-climbing around Dickinson, you need an SUV with ample and flexible cargo space for your gear. Features like 60-40 split-back rear seats provide versatile storage solutions in either the Outback or CR-V cabin. While the two models open up the same amount of cargo space with the second row folded down, the CR-V provides about 8 extra cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Compare cabin dimensions below:

Honda CR-V Interior Dimensions

  • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 — 75.8 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 — 39.2 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 — 39.2 cubic feet

Subaru Outback Interior Dimensions

  • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 — 75.7 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 — 32.5 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 — 32.5 cubic feet

Find a Honda CR-V for Sale at Ryan Honda of Minot

Questions about how the Honda CR-V stacks up against competitors like the 2020 Mazda CX-5? Contact our team for more specs. You can also get the car-buying princess underway today from your home in Dickinson! Simply fill out a financing application when you’re ready to move forward with a pre-owned Honda SUV or new Honda CR-V.


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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1120 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.

**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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