2020 Honda CR-V in San Marcos, Texas

February 15th, 2021 by

Honda All-Wheel Drive vs. Subaru Outback

If you want to travel far and explore new roads over the weekend, then you will need a spacious and capable vehicle that can help you achieve new heights in exploration. Along with performance capabilities, it would also be nice to drive around in something a little more advanced than your typical compact SUV. Well, Honda combined the best of both worlds so you could enjoy a vehicle that is all work and all play, and it is the 2020 All-Wheel Drive Honda CR-V in San Marcos. Today, we are comparing it to the Subaru Outback, so you can ultimately decide for yourself, which is the best choice for weekend road warriors.

More Stylish and Capable of Off-Road Travel

The CR-V looks sharp from any angle and has the performance capabilities to back it up for a truly dynamic driving experience. One key highlight to mention is the CR-V’s all-wheel drive capability. By providing power and traction to all four wheels separately, you are given more control over the road, whether slick, sandy, or rocky. If one wheel loses traction or control, the other three can step up, so you don’t falter when the terrain gets rough. Another aspect that helps with traction is the CR-V’s tires and wheels. Compared to the Subaru Outback, the CR-V has larger tires (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17), and a wider average track (width between the wheels) of 1.2 inches in the front and .8 inches in the rear.

The CR-V’s frame (or chassis) also contributes to its incredible performance and handling capabilities, like the fact that it is 300 to 350 pounds lighter than the Outback, making this Honda more efficient and better at accelerating. To help with handling and maneuverability, the CR-V is also 9.2 inches shorter, which can also help when it comes to parking in tight spaces. The benefits of the CR-V’s construction continue into the cabin, where computer-generated active noise cancellation is used to remove excess vibrations from the passenger compartments, making the cabin less noisy. The Subaru Outback doesn’t offer a feature to remove annoying noise and vibrations, so holding a conversation may be more difficult.

More Features You Can’t Live Without

Continuing in today’s comparison, we look at the ergonomic differences between the Honda CR-V with all-wheel drive, and the Subaru Outback. With the CR-V EX, EX-L, and Touring models, you can enjoy a remote vehicle starting system that can have the engine warmed up and ready to go before you step foot in it. This will also cause the climate control to kick on, either cooling or heating the cabin before sliding behind the steering wheel. Speaking of, the EX-L and Touring models also come with a standard easy entry system that can glide the driver seat back when the door is unlocked. This will make it easier for the driver to get in and out of the CR-V, but not for the Outback because the Subaru doesn’t offer this feature or a remote starting system. For your passengers in the rear, while both vehicles offer rear vents for added comfort, only the CR-V has rear air conditioning vents to keep them cool in the summer or warm in the winter. The Subaru can only offer its rear passengers heat, which can be troublesome if you do your weekend excursions during the summer, especially in Texas.

More Cargo Room for Your Gear

With the CR-V, there is plenty of cargo room, especially when you fold down the 60/40 split rear seatback. When changing between cargo and passenger needs, all you have to do is press a switch on the CR-V, which will automatically lower the rear seats, but the Outback doesn’t give you automatic folding seats. With the rear seats up, the CR-V still has more cargo room than the Subaru Outback (39.2 vs. 32.5 cubic feet), and the low liftover design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier (26 vs. 28.4 inches). Another feature to make accessing the cargo area easier is the height-adjustable, hands-free access power tailgate that can open the cargo area when you wave your foot under the rear bumper.

Combined, these features all work together to provide you with a compact SUV that can be taken anywhere without sacrificing comfort or style. If you’re still not convinced that the 2020 All-Wheel Drive Honda CR-V in San Marcos is the better option for your weekend excursions, visit us for a test drive or check out our website for more information! We have protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety during this time, so you can focus on choosing the perfect vehicle for you. And remember, Honda of San Marcos is home of the Free Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. It comes standard on every new Honda purchase, so you can have peace of mind wherever you travel.

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