In more-than-mild snowy conditions, the Outback should have an edge, thanks to its always engaged all-wheel-drive system, plus its additional ground clearance.
The CR-V’s all-wheel drive sends power to the rear wheels only when front-wheel slippage is detected. All-wheel drive not being engaged all the time is great for fuel economy, but when you need traction, the system can be slow to respond. And it also can be clunky, like when trying to drive out of street parking after being plowed in, as one Cars.com editor experienced.
Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive always has power going to all four wheels, providing instantaneous traction. And with the Outback’s generous ground clearance of 8.6 inches, you’ll have a height advantage in deeper snow over the CR-V’s 6.7 inches of ground clearance.
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