2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Subaru Forester

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CR-V and the Forester have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Forester has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 66 percent more Honda dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Forester isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

Engine

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (190 vs. 182) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 176) than the Forester’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the CR-V 1.5T is faster than the Subaru Forester:

 

CR-V

Forester

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.5 sec

23.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring gets better fuel mileage than the Forester:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Forester

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Forester doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops shorter than the Forester:

 

CR-V

Forester

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Forester (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Forester.

Chassis

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Forester doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 1 inch more front hip room and 1 inch more rear legroom than the Forester.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume than the Forester with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 35.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Forester’s liftover is 28.4 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Touring’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Forester doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Forester doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Forester can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Forester’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Model Availability

The CR-V is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Forester doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Forester

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

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The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Forester has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Forester has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Subaru Forester by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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