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Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Subaru Outback

2016 Subaru Outback
$657
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V
$403
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Subaru Outback Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 17th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $657 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the Outback.

Excellent

The Honda CR-V Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $403 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the CR-V.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$657
inexpensive
very expensive
$403
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.5
not often
way too often
0.4
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
minor issues
major issues
7%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(25 Reviews)
(80 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(1)
4 star
(11)
3 star
(10)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(1)

The Subaru Outback ranks highest in suspension and ranks lowest in engine.

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“I have a 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5 with 32,000 miles that I bought used in 2012. Four years later I now have less than 52,000 miles on it. After going to the shop 4 times for chugging on accelerati...”

Rating Details
5 star
(9)
4 star
(42)
3 star
(18)
2 star
(7)
1 star
(2)

The Honda CR-V ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. It was my first honda car bought new. i have chaged shocks only once in 14 years and that was the the...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V are two different types of vehicles. The Subaru Outback is a midsize, two-row, car-based SUV. The Honda CR-V is a compact, two-row SUV. 

The Outback is longer and has a lower roof. The CR-V is less long and taller. The Outback has all-wheel drive as standard equipment, whereas the CR-V comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

While their appearances differ, their engines are close. The Outback has 175 horsepower, and the CR-V has 184 horsepower. When it comes to their optional engines, though, the Outback pulls ahead with 256 horsepower, compared to 190 for the CR-V. That’s a big difference.

In the cargo space race, the Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V are closely matched. The Outback provides 73.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, compared to the CR-V’s 75.8 cubic feet. That’s unlikely to make your decision for you, either way.

Picking between the Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V will come down to your needs. The CR-V is a great overall choice for everyday use as a family vehicle. But if you need an extra dose of performance and plan to leave the pavement on a regular basis, the Outback will be the more satisfying option.

At a glance

Standard horsepower:
Outback: 175 (256 optional); CR-V: 184 (190 optional)

Cargo space:
Outback: 73.3 cu. ft.; CR-V 75.8 cu. ft.

Miles per gallon:
Outback: Up to 25 city/32 highway; CR-V: Up to 28 city/34 highway

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