A Comparison of Crossover SUVs

See How the Subaru Outback Compares to the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

The Subaru Outback represents the pinnacle of Subaru SUV performance, with high ground clearance, standard all-wheel-drive, and all the standard and available conveniences you could want on any outdoor getaway. We want to give some perspective on how much the Subaru Outback can do for you, so we did some research and compared it to two similar crossovers of its class: the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. See how the Outback comes out on top, then schedule a test drive and visit us here at Ciocca Subaru of Pleasantville.

Subaru Outback vs Toyota RAV4

Against the Toyota RAV4, the Subaru Outback stands out with interior space and capability. Both are classified as compact SUVs, but the Outback has more breathing room for you and your passengers, with over 109 cubic feet of passenger volume. Despite having the less powerful standard performance of the two, the Outback offers more capability and can tow up to 2,700 pounds. The Toyota RAV4 features a passenger volume of 98.9 cubic feet and can only tow up to 1,500 pounds.

The Subaru Outback also has a few advantages over the RAV4 regarding standard features. All Outback models come standard with Subaru Symmetrical AWD, whereas, with the RAV4, shoppers must pay slightly extra to opt-in for this drivetrain. The Subaru Outback also comes standard with convertible roof rails, with crossbars that fold out to give you a functional roof rack capable of carrying up to 150 lbs. of equipment. The RAV4 comes standard with raised roof rails, but additional rack gear must be purchased or is available on more expensive trims.

Subaru Outback vs Honda CR-V

Comparing the Subaru Outback to the Honda CR-V, we see many of the same areas where the latter falls short. The CR-V's standard turbocharged engine only gives this SUV a 1,500-pound towing capacity against the 2,700-pound capacity of the Outback. Our compact SUV even gives you a couple of different performance options, one of which is a turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine generating 260 horsepower, whereas the Honda CR-V features only one standard engine option. While the Honda CR-V may have a bit more interior space than the RAV4, at 105.9 cubic feet, it still falls slightly behind the 109 cubic feet interior volume of the Subaru Outback.

The Honda CR-V is also lacking many of the same standard features found on the Subaru Outback. As with the RAV4 and other SUVs like it, the CR-V comes standard with a two-wheel-drive system, but customers must pay extra to enjoy AWD. This SUV from Honda also does not come with a convertible roof rack or the LED Steering-Responsive Headlights (SRH) that are now fully standard on the Subaru Outback.

If you want to enjoy your favorite tunes or podcasts on your next big outing, the Outback is a great choice and comes standard with a SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia system compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The Honda CR-V now comes standard with these two apps, but the best the Honda CR-V can offer is a nine-inch touchscreen with the latest model, complete with wireless connectivity. The Subaru Outback now offers wireless smartphone integration through an 11.6-inch touchscreen - the CR-V can't match this size.

Test Drive the Subaru Outback Today

Shoppers in the Allentown, PA area will find the new Subaru Outback for purchase or lease here on Hamilton Boulevard. Schedule a test drive today and visit Ciocca Subaru of Allentown to check out this versatile, compact SUV up close and personal. We hope to see you soon!

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  1. Ciocca Subaru of Allentown

    4611 Hamilton Blvd
    Allentown, PA 18103

    • Sales: 610-395-3745
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