If you’re cross-shopping the Honda CR-V and Subaru Outback, you might draw scoffs from some auto experts. That’s because, strictly speaking, the CR-V is a compact crossover and the Outback is a mid-size model. Plus, the CR-V is a traditional SUV-looking crossover, while the Outback has a station wagon body with longer, lower proportions.
Still, our research has revealed that you’re not alone in considering both SUVs. And there are good reasons to cross-shop these models. They’re both comfortable, safe, and spacious, and despite their different sizes, they’re even similarly priced. But which is best? To answer that question, we tested both the CR-V and the Outback and compared them across eight categories. We’ll help you decide which is the better fit for your life, and we’ll tell you our own overall winner.