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Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester

An SUV like the Honda CR-V or Subaru Forester should have enough room everything you need to pack, a design that looks good in any situation, and the kind of fuel economy that’ll make your commute or road trips more convenient.

So, which one has what you’re looking for in your next SUV? Arrowhead Honda helps drivers in Peoria, Glendale, and Sun City decide with this Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester comparison.  Contact us today for more information.

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The Honda CR-V offers two reliable engines. The base trim runs on a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that uses Intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) to get up to 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. The second engine is an exciting 1.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that can provide you with up to 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines work with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Sport Mode. This helps you have a fun and efficient drive. The Honda CR-V is capable of getting up to an EPA-estimated 28 MPG city and 34 MPG highway in EX, EX-L, and Touring trims.[i]

The Subaru Forester doesn’t offer a choice under the hood. It can only run on a 2.5L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine. While it also works with a CVT, it can’t deliver the same power or efficiency. It produces up to 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. It’s also very efficient but can’t quite get the same fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.

Towing & Cargo Room

When it comes to the Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester, both models are designed to carry lots of cargo. Each one has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds and offers roof rails that let you keep the interior clean when you’re loading things like your Christmas tree.

The Honda can carry more of your things inside though. The trunk features 39.2 cubic feet of cargo room and comes with cargo area tie-down anchors that prevent things from sliding around. It’s also easy to load when you’ve got your hands full thanks to a Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate with Programmable Height.

The Subaru Forester has a smaller trunk with 35.4 cubic feet of cargo room. While it offers a Power Tailgate, there’s no hands-free feature. It also doesn’t come with tie-downs in the trunk. Plus, on higher trim levels, the moonroof drops its cargo room down to just 33.0 cubic feet.

Versatile Design

The CR-V and Subaru Forester both feature a high ground clearance that will help you out when you’re driving over bumpy roads, trails, or heading up steep hills. Whether you’re driving through tough conditions or on your daily commute, the Honda stands out for the right reasons.

It’s a stylish SUV with a balanced, aerodynamic design. The front features a sharp, chrome grille that’s bordered by striking headlights. These lead into accent lines that run down the hood and sides to give the whole SUV a rounded look to it.

The Subaru Forester also features accent lines, but the overall body of the SUV is a bit awkward. It has a long hood and a flat back. This makes it look disproportionate and appear bulky when it’s driving. 

Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester: Test Drive

Visit Arrowhead Honda to test drive the stylish Honda CR-V and learn more about this Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester comparison. With its impressive fuel economy, cargo room, and sleek design, it’s a great all-around option for drivers and families in Phoenix, West Valley, and Surprise.

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[i] 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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