2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Honda CR-V Comparison
2019 Subaru Forester
Starting Price: $25,270 | Price Yours
Above Average: Standard AWD and EyeSight, huge interior, excellent safety and resale numbers, real off-road ability, superior outward visibility, available driver drowsiness monitor
Below Average: Doesn’t look all that different than the previous model, average acceleration
Consensus: A quirky looking family favorite, providing excellent year-round driving confidence, a roomy interior and top marks in the areas of safety, resale and fuel economy.
2019 Honda CR-V
Starting Price: $25,345 | Price Yours
Above Average: Honda reliability, Honda resale, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, big back seat and cargo area
Below Average: Latest driver assists cost extra, missing some high-end options, not very powerful
Consensus: The segment leader continues to shine, offering value, safety and peace of mind at a very affordable price.
The Subaru Forester is all-new for 2019. Slightly larger and riding on Subaru’s new Global Platform, it retains many of the previous generations attributes with some noticeable improvements in the areas of quietness, comfort and fuel-efficiency. The Forester offers an amazing feature set for the money. Standard equipment includes the EyeSight collision avoidance system, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A new Sport model adds Si-Drive and paddle shifters, but with the previous generation’s turbocharged engine, it’s little more than window dressing. The Forester’s roomy interior and high roof make it ideal for tall occupants, and its massive glass greenhouse provides excellent 360-degree visibility. A generous 8.7-inches of ground clearance allows the Forester to tackle light off-road situations, as does its X-Mode traction management system. With its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Forester isn’t exactly quick, but it can keep up with most other SUVs in this class and, despite its standard all-wheel drive, earns impressive fuel economy figures of 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
Compared to the Forester, the Honda CR-V offers more rear seat legroom and cargo space, but less headroom. The CR-V’s standard 2.4-liter and available 1.5-liter turbocharged engines provide nearly the same horsepower and torque as the Forester, and fuel economy is also about the same. The CR-V can be equipped with the Honda Sensing driver assist system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but not on every trim like the Forester offers. Both around town and on the highway, the CR-V is easy to drive, with good feedback through the steering wheel and minimal body roll in corners. We also think the CR-V’s ride is noticeably smoother than in the Forester, and its cabin better insolated from outside noise. The CR-V and Forester both score well in the areas of resale and reliability, but the CR-V has a slightly longer track record. In fact, so good is the CR-V that it won KBB.com’s small SUV Best Buy of 2018 Award.
Subaru Forester Advantages
Advantages the Forester has over the CR-V include standard EyeSight, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, more headroom, better visibility, standard all-wheel drive, better infotainment and audio system options, a tighter turning circle and more ground clearance.
Honda CR-V Advantages
The CR-V has a bigger cargo bay, smoother ride, more rear seat legroom, a turbocharged engine option and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
The Forester and CR-V both hold excellent resale, safety and reliability ratings, both can be equipped with advanced driver assists and both offer roomy interiors with big back seats. All-wheel drive is standard on the Forester and available on the CR-V, and both SUVs come with a CVT automatic transmission that helps them return similar fuel economy numbers
In the areas of resale and reliability, it’s pretty much a toss up. However, the Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive and EyeSight, yet its base price is actually lower than the entry-level front-drive CR-V. The Forester also offers more high-end features such as a Harman/Kardon audio system, rear seat heaters and an 8-way power passenger seat. Lastly, the Forester can actually tackle some pretty tough off-road terrain, something to consider if you’re all about weekends off the beaten path.
|2019 Subaru Forester||2019 Honda CR-V|
|Engine||2.5-liter flat-4||2.4-liter I4|
|Horsepower||182 hp @ 5,800 rpm||184 hp @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque||176 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm||180 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable||Continuously Variable|
|Fuel Economy||29 mpg (26 city/33 hwy)||28 mpg (26 city/32 hwy)|
|Also Available||1.5L turbo I4, AWD|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||n/a||5 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||105.1 inches||104.7 inches|
|Overall Length||182.1 inches||180.6 inches|
|Width||71.5 inches||73.0 inches|
|Height||67.5 inches||66.1 inches|
|Turning Diameter||35.4 feet||37.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||41.2 inches||40.1 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.6 inches||39.2 inches|
|Legroom, Front||43.3 inches||41.3 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||39.4 inches||40.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||58.2 inches||57.9 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||57.2 inches||55.6 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||111.9 cu. ft||105.9 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||33.0 cu. ft.||39.2 cu. ft.|