Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V

Against its Honda Rival, Subaru Forester Goes the Distance

Navigating the outback of the SUV market can mean blazing some rugged trails when it comes to the creature comforts, convenience amenities, advanced safety tech, and performance features you need to take your excursions the extra mile. Luckily, the road to adventure widens invitingly when it comes to what models like Subaru Forester offer to surmount its rivals. As pertains that of Honda, its CR-V putting up stiff competition, Forester nevertheless makes the hike to victory.

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Subaru Forester 2.5i Takes on the Honda CR-V LX

At a glance, it appears that Subaru Forester's base model compares similarly to Honda's. The fuel economy offered by each is within several miles of the other, making both built for the long haul. Speaking of towing, both SUVs support a trailerful up to 1,500 pounds. Plus, you can count on Forester and CR-V to showcase the secure drive-time provided by four-wheel anti-lock brakes, myriad airbags, and an NHTSA Front Driver Crash Test rating of five stars. Even the same basic, powertrain, rust perforation warranties apply to each, speaking to each automaker's continuing commitment to quality.

So where does Subaru Forester 2.5i take the high ground against Honda CR-V LX?

  • Subaru Forester's base price weighs in at $22,595 when compared to Honda's $24,045. Forester's destination charge is a lower bottom line of $875 to Honda's $940. Finally, when one look at total cost when comparably equipped, Subaru Forester remains the more affordable tag at $23,470, while Honda CR-V requires a higher initial investment of $24,985. Combined, these mean access to a range of competitive Forester features for less.
  • With Subaru Forester, a stable drive with optimal torque and traction on which you can rely is all but assured thanks to All-Wheel Drive coming standard. Honda's Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control Systemâ„¢ is only an option in its base CR-V.
  • Surely we'd all like to spend less time at the pump and more of it enjoying our travels. Subaru Forester helps make that happen with a 15.9-gallon fuel tank to Honda's less capacious 14.0-gallon tank.
  • If you're in search of a choice of operational smoothness on the road or the thrill of hands-on control, you'll find it in Subaru Forester's respective optional Lineartronic six-speed CVT transmission or standard six-speed manual transmission, each with overdrive. Honda CR-V presents with but a two-speed CVT transmission standard.
  • Maneuvering in tight spaces is a matter of course with Subaru Forester. The SUV offers a tight 34.8-foot turning circle, curb to curb. Honda's follows at 37.4 feet.
  • Last but never least, Forester shows itself well-appointed for trip comfort. 108.3 cubic feet of passenger volume provides plenty of room to sprawl out, kick back, and enjoy the ride when compared to Honda CR-V, offering 105.9 cubic feet. And Forester's cavernous interior comprehends 41.4 inches of front headroom, 39.8 inches of rear headroom, 43 inches of front legroom, and 56.5 inches of rear shoulder room. Each of these edge out Honda CR-V by anywhere from 0.6 inches to 1.7 inches, and a bit of extra room can make all the difference for a relaxing drive.

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