Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester: Head To Head Comparison

2019 Subaru Forester VS 2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Subaru Forester2018 Honda CRV Exterior Front Side Grille
Subaru Forester 2.5i Honda CR-V LX
STARTING MSRP $22,795 $24,150
ALL-WHEEL DRIVE Standard Available for an added $1,400
HORSEPOWER 170@5800 RPM 184@6400 RPM
Passenger Volume (cubic feet) 108.3 105.9
2018 Subaru Forester SUV

2018 Forester vs 2018 CR-V: A Rivalry as Old as the SUV Itself

Value is important to shoppers who want to buy a new SUV, and it should be! You want your new vehicle to give you years of fun, safe, practical performance. Subaru and Honda both boast strong reputations for value and durability, and their respective compact SUVs go a long way in securing that reputation. While we could create an entire overview just comparing the reliability of the Subaru Forester vs the Honda CR-V, it's important to look at the big picture before you buy in Tucson.

See what the 2018 CR-V can do for you--or can't do for you--when put head-to-head against the impressive new 2018 Subaru Forester.

Subaru Forester for sale in Tucson, AZ

Compare Performance & Capability

  • CR-V offers more standard horsepower (184 HP to 170 HP)
  • Forester offers more available horsepower (250 HP to 190 HP)
  • Forester has more ground clearance

One of the main selling points of the Forester, nationwide, is its legendary performance in snow--if you're an Arizona driver who plans annual trips to Tahoe or the big ski lodges, this will be an important point for you. But, even if you prefer the relative warmth of a downtown Tucson winter, the capability and safety of all-wheel drive is beneficial for every driver, and while both the 2018 Forester and the Honda CR-V offer AWD performance, only Forester gives it to you as standard. Subaru's system is also more efficient, smarter, and smoother than Honda's.

Subaru Forester Interior

Compare Technology & Features

  • Forester comes standard with STARLINK infotainment w/ 6.2-inch touchscreen
  • CR-V comes standard with a 5.0-inch display screen
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is standard on the Forester; a pricey upgrade on the CR-V

Both 2018 small SUVs have bolstered their base models to offer a greater range of standard features for drivers who want the most value for the money. However, with a starting price greater than $24,000, the new CR-V really makes you pay for those upgrades. The 2018 Forester starts at just over $22,500 and comes loaded with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, standard touchscreen infotainment, standard rearview camera, and a lot more. Subaru gives you more for the money when it comes to tech and features.

Subaru Forester for sale in Tucson, AZ

Compare Safety & Security

  • The 2018 Subaru Forester can be equipped with a full suite of EyeSight features
  • The 2018 Honda CR-V can be equipped with a full suite of HondaSensing features
  • Both SUVs were rated an IIHS Top Safety Pick

If you're willing to pay for it, you'll get incredible and high-level safety features from both the Forester and the CR-V. Subaru and Honda are both top choices among families, so both automakers have invested heavily in their driver-assistance technologies and safety systems. Both systems offer technologies for lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision/collision mitigation braking, backup viewing, and more. The 2018 Forester and 2018 CR-V received similar safety ratings from the IIHS and the NHTSA.

Forester vs CR-V Trim Level Showdown

The Forester 2.5i vs. The CR-V LX

  • The Subaru Forester 2.5i comes in at a lower MSRP than the Honda CR-V LX, giving customers outstanding performance, capability, and innovation within added change to spare.
  • Both models seat up to five passengers and come with premium materials throughout their cabins for ultimate refinement and comfort you and your family will appreciate.
  • Both models also come with numerous features including an infotainment system, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.
  • If you’re looking for reliability, you’re in luck. Both models come with three years/36,000 miles of limited warranty coverage as well as five years/60,000 miles of limited powertrain coverage.
  • Unlike the Honda CR-V LX 2WD, the Forester 2.5i CVT comes standard with all-wheel drive to help you conquer the highways and byways with ease.
  • The Subaru Forester comes with more passenger volume than the CR-V for a more spacious and comfortable ride during extended trips.
  • The Forester comes with a standard manual transmission, while the CR-V only offers a continuously variable automatic transmission across the lineup.

The Forester 2.0XT Touring vs. The CR-V Touring

  • The range-topping Forester 2.0XT Touring is powered by a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-four-cylinder engine producing 258 pound-feet of torque. The comparable CR-V Touring’s most powerful engine only produces 190 horsepower.


Get the New Tucson SUV That's Right for You

The beauty of Arizona comes in its variety of people, lifestyles, places to see, and things to do. That means that no two drivers are going to have the exact same needs when it comes to shopping for their next compact or family SUV in Tucson. We're pretty confident, though, that the new 2018 Subaru Forester is smart enough, safe enough, versatile enough, and a great enough value to tempt just about anyone.

Take a test drive to see if the Forester is going to be a better fit for you than the 2018 Honda CR-V.

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