Honda vs Subaru: Battle of the Brands

2018 Honda CR-V
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Which of These Japanese Brands Is Best?

Honda has been a favorite of American car shoppers for decades, and some of its longest-lived models are still some of its best. Subaru was a niche player for many years, with a few die-hard all-wheel-drive and rally fans buying its cars. But in recent years, the company has made big moves in the United States and has gained in popularity.

So if you’re shopping for a new car right now, both Honda and Subaru are likely to have models that appeal to you. Midsize and compact cars, small and 3-row SUVs – these brands have them. Honda and Subaru also have some very sophisticated driver assistance features in the Honda Sensing and EyeSight systems.

Before you can narrow your choices to particular models, though, you may wonder which of these brands is better overall. We looked at the categories shoppers care about most, like price, performance, and a nice interior, as well as each vehicle class where Honda and Subaru compete. We checked the U.S. News scores and rankings, the opinions of expert reviewers, and independent crash test results and predicted reliability scores to determine which of these two brands was better.

As new information becomes available, we update our scores. Rankings and scores that are mentioned in this slideshow might not exactly match what you find in the latest reviews of these vehicles.