Compare The Subaru Outback vs. The Competition

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Compare the New Subaru Outback to the Competition near Cedar Park and Round Rock

Offering comfortable accommodations, flexible utility, and genuine all-season capability, the Subaru Outback is one of the most versatile crossovers on the road today. The Outback is impressively spacious, with plenty of room for passengers and ample cargo capacity. It offers an extensive roster of appealing amenities, including standard equipment like a STARLINK® Multimedia system and the EyeSight® suite of advanced driver-assistance technologies. And with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and X-MODE traction control, it's ready to explore where others can't.

Of course, the crossover market is vast, and there are plenty of options for Austin-area drivers to choose from. Still, the Subaru Outback offers a well-rounded experience that's tough to beat. To show you what we mean, here's a look at how it measures up to a few prominent competitors.

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V

  • The Subaru Outback offers two powertrain options. While the CR-V's turbocharged 1.5-liter engine (190 horsepower, 179 lb-ft) is slightly stronger than the Outback's naturally-aspirate 2.5-liter (182 hp, 176 lb0-ft), if you're looking for more internal motivation, the Outback's XT and Wilderness trims equip a potent 2.4-liter turbo-four that makes 260 hp and 277 lb-ft.

  • The Subaru Outback delivers superior off-road and all-weather performance, with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, and an X-MODE advanced traction control system. And with the Wilderness trim, you'll get 9.5 inches of clearance, plus off-road upgrades like Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tire and dual-function X-MODE. The CR-V offers all-wheel drive, but it's only standard on the top tier. Additionally, it only has 7.8 inches of clearance and doesn't offer an advanced traction system.

  • Outback's base trim includes dual 7-inch touchscreens for infotainment and cabin controls, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. All other trims get a larger 11.6-inch display. The CR-V comes standard with a basic 5-inch screen. You have to move up to the next trim to get a 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration, and there's no option for a larger display.

  • When your cargo needs exceed internal capacity, the Outback has standard raised roof rails with integrated crossbars. And with the Wilderness trim, you'll get a ladder-type roof rack with a 700-pound static load limit-great for a rooftop tent. The CR-V only offers basic roof rails on the top-tier Touring trim.

Subaru Outback vs. Toyota RAV4

  • The Outback and RAV4 both offer a collection of advanced driver-assistance technologies on their base trims, including collision mitigation, lane-keeping, and adaptive cruise control. However, the Outback also comes standard with steering-adaptive headlights for better nighttime visibility around corners. Adaptive headlights are only available as an option on the top trim of the RAV4 hybrid.

  • Both models come standard with a 7-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But if you step up just one trim on the Outback, you'll get a large 11.6-inch vertical display for easier navigation and map view. The RAV4's optional screen is only eight inches, and you have to climb up to at least the Adventure trim level.

  • With the Subaru Outback, you'll get the enhanced all-conditions control of Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and X-MODE traction management as standard equipment. And if you select one of the XT or Wilderness trims, you'll also get the enhanced performance of a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine (260 hp, 277 lb-ft). All-wheel drive is only standard on RAV4's top two trims, and there's no turbocharged powerplant option.

  • Passengers will appreciate the Outback for its extra legroom, which exceeds the RAV4 by 1.8 inches in the front and 1.7 inches in the back. Outback also has more room for adventures with a max cargo capacity of 75.7 cubic feet. RAV4 tops out at 69.8 cubic feet.

Subaru Outback vs. Mazda CX-5

  • The Subaru Outback and Mazda CX-5 each offer an available turbocharged engine upgrade. However, Outback XT and Wilderness trims make 260 horsepower. The CX-5's turbocharged engine is only available on two trims and makes 227 hp with regular gas. You can push it 250 hp, but only with 93-octane premium fuel.

  • Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and X-MODE advanced traction control come standard on all Outback models, providing better off-road and inclement-weather handling. The CX-5 offers standard all-wheel drive, but its better suited to on-road driving.

  • While the Subaru Outback and Mazda CX-5 have similar second-row legroom, the Outback offers more front legroom and front and rear headroom. The Outback also offers considerably more cargo space, with 32.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 75.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The CX-5's cargo area measures 30.9 and 59.6 behind the second and first rows, respectively.

  • Subaru's advanced STARLINK® Navigation system comes standard on Touring, Onyx Edition XT, and Wilderness trims, and is available for Premium and Limited models. The CX-5 reserves its Mazda Navigation System for only the top-tier Signature trim.

Shop the New Subaru Outback in Georgetown, TX, near Leander

Get in touch with Subaru of Georgetown today for more information on the new Subaru Outback and its available options, offers, and ordering opportunities. And if you'd like a closer look at any of our new Subaru models, we invite you to visit our Austin-area Subaru dealership for a test drive. We'll be happy to assist you.

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