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2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Outback

2017 Honda CR-V 2017 Subaru Outback
190 HP Horsepower 175 HP
<8.0 l/100km Combined Fuel Efficiency 8.3 l/100km
Honda Sensing Safety Suite Subaru EyeSight
~37.2 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 35.5 cu. ft.

2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Outback

2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Outback

Just a couple of short years ago, Honda gave the CR-V a breath of fresh air by giving it a subtle makeover both inside and out. The refresh was so well received that the CR-V was awarded a Motor Trend title. Now, the CR-V is entering its next generation, taking its recent refresh to a whole new level with updated exterior design cues and new features both in the interior and on the exterior. We thought we’d see how the all-new crossover fares against one of its competitors, by comparing the 2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Outback, another compact crossover.

Advantages of the 2017 Honda CR-V

We don’t know many of the exact specifications for the all-new CR-V yet, just that certain aspects have likely improved. While we don’t know by how much they have improved yet, we can still take a look at the crossovers side by side and make predictions. The table above shows some of the most important specs and features in crossovers like these, and predictions for the CR-V are marked as such. But starting at the top of the table, you can see that the engine is one thing we know for sure.

It’s new engine gives the CR-V an early advantage, too, by offering 15 more horsepower than its Subaru competitor. Last year, the CR-V’s engine offered 185 horsepower, so it’s improved by 5 this year. As for fuel efficiency, last year it was 8.0 l/100km, which still would’ve been 0.3 l/100km less than the Outback. But this year, the engine has been replaced with a turbocharged 4-cylinder, so we imagine efficiency will improve right alongside the increase in power. Size is another thing we expect to increase, though we don’t know by how much. Even still, the previous Honda CR-V would still offer an extra 1.7 cubic feet of space for cargo behind the back row.

Finally, driver-assistive safety features are becoming more and more important each year. Honda offers Honda Sensing, while Subaru offers EyeSight. We don’t know the exact differences between each, as we don’t know what’s in EyeSight, so we’ll call this one a wash between the two. But if you’d like to know more about what’s in Honda Sensing, there is plenty of information on our blog.

If you think you might be interested in a 2017 Honda CR-V of your own, be sure to schedule a test drive right here on our website. Otherwise, you can give us a call to schedule a test drive or ask us any linger questions about the compact crossover.


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