2018 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester SUV Comparison

Discover How the Honda CR-V Compares to the Competition

If you're in the market for a compact crossover SUV, you're in luck. Thanks to the segment's continuing popularity, automakers are offering even more compelling options to attract customers. Two long-time standouts in the class are the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester, both of which have their loyal fanbases. Which of the two, however, is the better choice for Connecticut drivers? Read on to see how they fare in a head-to-head competition.


While the Forester enjoys a slightly lower starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, if you're looking to equip the base models with comparable features the Honda CR-V actually comes in with the better price. Of course, the initial price isn't the only factor you need to consider; you also want to think about your total cost of ownership, as well as the vehicle's residual value when it comes time to trade it in. The Honda CR-V has been estimated by the EPA to deliver better fuel economy than the Forester, which leads to fewer costly trips to the gas station over the years. It also has been estimated to hold onto more of its value after five years than the Forester, providing you with more equity at the end of the average car loan's terms.


The Honda CR-V comes with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that has more pep and power than the 2.5-liter four-cylinder found in the Forester can manage. While neither SUV is likely to blow your socks off, the base engine in the CR-V does deliver the more noticeable punch when you need it most.

The Honda CR-V has been rated by the EPA to achieve fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg highway, resulting in an estimated 28 combined mpg. The Forester's numbers are no doubt lowered by the vehicle's standard all-wheel drive transmission, earning EPA estimates of 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.


One thing active families always need is more cargo space, and the freedom to configure that space to suit their needs. The Honda CR-V offers 39.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity when the rear seats are up, while the Forester offers 34.4; lower the rear seats and the Honda CR-V gives you 75.8 cubic feet of total cargo capacity, while the Subaru tops out at 74.7. The Honda CR-V features a standard 60/40-split rear seat to offer configuration versatility, as well as the advantage of a lower bumper and adjustable trunk floor height that makes it easier to load and unload.

Both include the standard modern day features and technologies you expect, such as Bluetooth® connectivity, cruise control, a trip computer, power steering, power windows, a USB port and audio display screens. However, the Honda CR-V includes some features, such as automatic climate control and delayed power retention, which aren't even available as options on the Forester.


Both vehicles are rightfully well-respected for their standard safety features, but this is another category that leans toward the Honda CR-V. The NHTSA rated the Honda CR-V higher than the Forester in the always-important rollover safety and front passenger crash tests. Finally, the Honda CR-V offers available rear electronic parking aid with camera, a feature that isn't available for the Forester.

Visit Our Groton Showroom to Explore the 2018 Honda CR-V

We think you'd agree that the Honda CR-V edges out the Subaru Forester when it comes to offering the ideal blend of performance, features, storage and safety. We cordially invite you to visit our showroom to learn more about the Honda CR-V and take one out for an illuminating test drive.


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