Subaru and Honda are two popular brands, with vehicles that offer lots of features. But which one has the model that's right for your drives around Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers?

 To help answer that question, we here at Ira Subaru created this Subaru vs. Honda comparison. We'll give you a detailed look at the similarities and differences between each manufacturer. Read all about them below, and contact us if you have any questions.


Subaru and Honda offer plenty of powerful vehicles. For example, the Subaru WRX has a 2.0L turbocharged Subaru BOXER® 4-cylinder engine that puts out 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 1.5L 4-cylinder engine in the comparable Honda Civic SI, while still powerful, only delivers 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque.

Another feature that many drivers look for is how well a vehicle handles on less-than-ideal roads. For example, the Honda CR-V has an available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™-this distributes power before wheel slip can occur.

While this is an impressive feature, it's only available in a few Honda models. Subaru, on the other hand, comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) in all its vehicles. This system delivers power to all four wheels all the time. As a result, it's constantly adapting to varying road conditions, while you just need to focus on driving.

Safety Features & Awards

Subaru and Honda make very safe vehicles. In fact, they both offer intelligent suites of driver-assisting technologies. These are to help keep you more aware on the road to prevent an accident from occurring.

Subaru has the available EyeSight® suite, and Honda offers Honda Sensing®. They come with similar features, like...

  • Lane Keep Assist: Will send a visual, audible, and tactile warning if you begin to drift from your lane without using a turn signal.
  • Pre-Collision Braking: Will warn you if there's an imminent collision with a vehicle in front of you. If you don't react in time, the system can apply the brakes for you.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: Will maintain a set distance from the car in front of you. Even if traffic ahead begins to slow down, the system will keep that preset distance.

Both brands offer models that are so safe, they earned recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Six Subaru models earned awards from the IIHS. Two of them (Crosstrek and Forester) got the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK rating. And four of them (Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX) earned the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

In comparison, Honda had five models that earned the IIHS 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK rating: Accord, CR-V, Odyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline. None of them received the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.


 Subaru and Honda give the same warranties for their new models:

  • 3-Year/36,000-Mile Basic Warranty
  • 5-Year/60,000-Mile Powertrain Warranty

And for their certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles, they both offer:

  • 7-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Warranty
  • 24-hour Roadside Assistance
  • Vehicle history report
  • Trial subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio

However, Subaru goes a step further and adds a 1-year trial subscription to Subaru STARLINK™ Safety Plus Package with Automatic Collision Notification. This gives you many benefits, including Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, and a Monthly Vehicle Health Report.

Honda, unfortunately, doesn't offer this type of perk in its CPO cars.

Subaru vs Honda: Final Verdict

Both manufacturers offer lots of dependable vehicles. But Subaru gives you AWD across the board, higher safety ratings, and better warranties.

For more information on Subaru models, you can always schedule a test drive or two at Ira Subaru. We've helped many drivers throughout Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers find their ideal vehicle, and we look forward to doing the same for you.

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