2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Outback: Head to Head

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Which Compact Crossover Comes Out on Top?

The 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Subaru Outback have a lot in common. They have all of the latest safety technologies available, loads of infotainment options, great safety and predicted reliability scores, and roomy, comfy interiors. If you’ve been comparison shopping these two vehicles, you know this already. The problem is, how do you choose between them?

There are some differences. First of all, body style. The CR-V is a compact SUV, while the Outback is a wagon. Sure, they could both make an argument for being called “crossovers,” but there are some differences in categories that count to lots of shoppers. Fuel economy, cargo space, and acceleration all have clear winners – and it might not be who you expect.

In the end, we compared these two popular vehicles in 10 categories. It was a close call, with each winning a few rounds, but in the end there’s only one winner.

As new information becomes available, we do update our scores. The rankings mentioned in this slideshow might not exactly match those in our reviews.