Subaru Outback vs Honda Passport SUV Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Honda markets its 2020 Passport as an SUV that's "built to explore." But when it comes to exploration, both on and off the beaten track, the 2020 Subaru Outback is tough to beat. Whether you're searching for secluded seaside roads for a day of surfing or traversing the city streets to find the best out-of-the-way brunch place, the Subaru Outback is the perfect choice. We'll take a closer look at just how these two SUVs compare on this page.

Subaru Outback with kayaks on its roof rails

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Honda Passport: Design

Though these two SUVs are similar in length, the 2020 Honda Passport is more than five and a half inches wider than the Subaru Outback. This makes navigating in traffic and fitting into tight parking spaces a bit more difficult. And if you're planning on driving on areas with obstacles, you'll find the 8.7 inches of ground clearance on the 2020 Subaru Outback to be a real help. The 2WD Honda Passport has just 7.5 inches of ground clearance, and even the AWD version only has 8.1 inches of ground clearance. But it's not just exterior measurements where the Subaru Outback is a better fit. Even the entry-level 2020 Subaru Outback comes standard with factory roof rails. These aren't available on the entry-level Honda Passport, or even the trim level above that! Wherever your drive takes you, the 2020 Subaru Outback is the superior choice.

11.6-inch touchscreen in a Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Honda Passport: Infotainment

Whether you're pulling up directions or finding the right music for the commute, a good infotainment system can go a long way towards making your drive more enjoyable. The contrast between the infotainment systems in these two SUVs is striking. The entry-level 2020 Subaru Outback model is equipped with two 7-inch touchscreens that let you take charge of the audio system, climate control, and more. With this system, you'll get connectivity through Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, as well as access to cloud-based applications like eBird and EVE Home Automation. The base 2020 Honda Passport, on the other hand, comes with a 5-inch LCD screen. It's not a touchscreen, and it doesn't even offer Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ connectivity. It's not until you upgrade to the next Honda Passport trim level that you'll get a better system, and even that is just an 8-inch touchscreen. Choose an upgraded Subaru Outback model and you'll get a stunning 11.6-inch touchscreen!

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Subaru Outback on a road near the water

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Honda Passport: Performance

When it comes to performance, the Subaru Outback gives you options that the Honda Passport lacks. The standard engine in the 2020 Outback is capable, generating 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque while getting up to 33 miles per gallon with standard all-wheel drive. The Honda Passport does come with a bit more power, but you'll pay for it with just 25 miles per gallon in the standard two-wheel drive model. Choose an all-wheel drive Honda Passport and that number decreases to 24 mpg! While most drivers won't regularly be fully opening up the throttle, the difference in gas mileage is sure to affect anyone who drives one of these SUVs. But if you really want the extra power, Subaru is there for you. Choose one of the 2020 Outback XT models and you'll get a turbocharged BOXER® engine that generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.

Subaru Outback driving over rocks

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Honda Passport: Safety

Subaru vehicles are known for their safety, and the 2020 Subaru Outback is one of the safest SUVs on the road. But you don't have to take our word for it! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2020 Subaru Outback its most prestigious award, the 2020 Top Safety Pick+. In addition, the 2020 Subaru Outback earned a perfect five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Overall, Frontal Crash, and Side Crash categories. The 2020 Honda Passport didn't fare quite so well. The NHTSA gave it a four-star rating in the Frontal Crash category. This was echoed in IIHS testing, where it earned a score of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. That's in comparison to the 2020 Subaru Outback earning the best possible score of Good in all its IIHS crashworthiness tests. Because of this, the 2020 Honda Passport earned a less prestigious award from the IIHS than the 2020 Top Safety Pick+ earned by the 2020 Subaru Outback.

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2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Honda Passport: Value

There's one other major difference between these two SUVs: price. The 2020 Subaru Outback has a starting MSRP that's nearly $5,400 less than that of the 2020 Honda Passport! In fact, even the upgraded Subaru Outback Premium model has a starting MSRP that's nearly $3,100 less than the entry-level 2020 Honda Passport. Choosing this trim level would get you features like the upgraded 11.6-inch touchscreen, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and a retractable/removable cargo-area cover. Clearly, Subaru provides much better value, so visit McKenna Subaru in Huntington Beach to take the Outback for a spin.

2020 Subaru Outback2020 Honda Passport
$26,645Starting MSRP*$31,990
33 Highway / 26 CityStandard Fuel Efficiency (MPG)25 Highway / 20 City
182Standard Horsepower280
176Standard Torque (lb.-ft.)262
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable
260-HP Turbo EngineEngine UpgradeNone
3,500Maximum Towing Capacity (lbs)5,000
8.7Ground Clearance (in.)7.5
Dual 7" TouchscreensStandard Multimedia Screen5" LCD Screen
Standard FeatureRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.