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Vehicle Comparisons

2016 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Outback

The 2016 Honda CR-V and the Subaru Outback wagon are great choices for car shoppers seeking a family ride that can double as a daily driver. Spacious and easy to maneuver, these two versatile rides have proven their standings at the top of their respective classes.

But how do they compare engine to engine, seat to seat, and trunk to trunk? Prospective buyers in Denver, Centennial, and Aurora can get a closer look in Mile High Honda’s comparison as the 2016 Honda CR-V and the Subaru Outback go head to head.

2016 honda cr-v review

CR-V SUV vs. Outback Wagon: Performance

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 185 horsepower is behind the 2016 Honda CR-V’s confident acceleration and handling. When matched against the Outback’s 2.5-liter 175-horsepower engine, the Subaru is a bit less ready and willing. With fewer horses under the hood and a heavier wagon build to power, the Subaru Outback can have a harder time when tasked with climbing hills and steeper inclines. This is definitely something to consider if you’ll be taking your ride beyond Denver’s downtown city limits.

The Honda CR-V and the Subaru Outback are each mated to a continuously variable transmission that enhances efficiency and actively produces smooth speed transitions.

Indoor Volume and Versatility

The 2016 CR-V and the 2016 Outback offer spacious and comfortable accommodations for hauling five passengers and their cargo. They each provide over 70 cubic feet of total cargo room, which is great for both vehicle classes (compact SUV and wagon).

Since the CR-V and the Outback have competitive load volumes, we decided to look at which cargo area is easier to access and use, how volume is broken down between rows, and what additional versatility features are offered.

We first compared the cargo section that would be used most often by owners (the space behind the rear row) and found that the Honda CR-V offered more useable space without the need for further seat flipping (37.2 cubic feet vs. the Outback’s 35.5 cubic feet). Families will appreciate this additional default space for bulk grocery runs, stroller transport, and more. Critics also applaud the 2016 CR-V’s low load floor that makes transferring heavy items less of a strenuous process.

As for cargo-related convenience features, both the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Outback include a standard 60/40 rear split seat and an available power-activated liftgate.

2016 CR-V vs. 2016 Subaru Outback: Safety

The 2016 CR-V and the 2016 Outback perform exceptionally well in the area of safety, with top overall scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Though each model comes standard with a rearview camera, the 2016 CR-V’s camera system offers two additional angle views (top-down and wide), proving its place a few steps ahead of the Subaru Outback’s system. As you plot your driveway or parking spot exit, these extra views help you see more than just what’s directly behind the bumper for a safer backup.

Honda CR-V or Subaru Outback: And the Winner Is…

The Honda CR-V and the Subaru Outback are two accomplished models that offer a lot of value to new car shoppers in Denver, Centennial, and Aurora. With our car buyer’s hat on, we were able to discover several key differences between them. Mile High City drivers after a versatile and reliable vehicle will appreciate the 2016 CR-V’s added power, savvy use of space, and impressive safety scores and features.

Ready to take your CR-V research to the next level? Check out our Honda CR-V trim level guide to narrow down your search even further, and when you’re ready, contact Mile High Honda to get behind the wheel for a test drive!

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