Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester



The Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester debate has dealers and drivers around the Huntington Beach, Westminster, and Orange County areas discussing which of these two crossovers is better designed, more powerful, and well-equipped. With regard to the crossover segment, this year’s Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester discussion shouldn’t come as a surprise for two vehicles that always seem to stand out.

But which one suits your driving lifestyle? We at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Huntington Beach put together this CR-V vs. Subaru Forester comparison guide to help you make an educated decision on your next crossover.

2020 Honda CR-V

Packing Up for Any Activity

Within each of these SUVs, you will have room to fit plenty of gear in the back of your vehicle. Just fold down the rear seats within either of these vehicles, and you will have access to roughly 76 cubic feet inside to carry larger items.

What about when you have a car full of passengers and still need to fit sporting equipment, luggage, and other gear in the back? While each of these models have a spacious amount of room for you and your passengers, the 2020 CR-V provides more cargo room behind both rows.

In the back of the Honda CR-V is 39.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. Behind the second row of the Subaru Forester, you’ll have just 31.1 cubic feet of cargo volume.

CR-V vs Forester: Engine Performance

The Honda CR-V comes with a great deal of power. The standard 4-cylinder with Turbocharger produces 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, which offers quick, exciting driving.

Unfortunately, the Subaru Forester’s engine doesn’t measure up to the output of the turbocharged engine in the CR-V. It is powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, which produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.

Additionally, a standard Eco Assist™ system in the Honda CR-V lets you know how your driving habits are affecting efficiency. Thanks to this system, you can improve your driving style to maximize your time on the road.

Even more fuel-efficient performance is provided by the available hybrid engine. This hybrid powertrain gives the Honda CR-V an EPA-estimated 40 city/35 highway MPG when equipped in any of the four trim levels.1 Since the Forester doesn’t have an available hybrid powertrain, it can only reach a fuel economy of 26 city/33 highway MPG.

Safety Features

The last aspect we want to take a look at is how safe these two vehicles are. At first glance, they both seem to offer the same level of safety. They both come equipped with driver-assistive systems: Honda Sensing® in the CR-V and EyeSight® in the Forester.

Each also has rearview cameras that will help you make sure your path is clear when backing up. The camera, though, in the 2020 Honda CR-V offers much more. It features multiple angles that let you get a top-down or wide view for an even easier time when backing into a parking space or navigating out of a spot when parked along the street.

Which Crossover Will You Choose?

We know that our 2020 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester comparison guide showcases each of these crossovers as versatile vehicles. However, our automotive experts think that drivers near the Huntington Beach, Westminster, and Orange County areas will appreciate the extra power, efficiency, space, and technology that the 2020 Honda CR-V has to offer.

Browse our online resources and inventory of CR-V models to explore which trim works best with your daily driving habits. Then, contact us at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Huntington Beach to schedule a test drive in the 2020 CR-V.

1 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

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