Two Giants Battle it Out for Best Midsize Crossover: the Subaru Forester vs. the Honda CR-V

In the world of reliable, long-lasting, and safe versatility vehicles, Subaru and Honda have a long history of neck-and-neck competition among drivers in North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Hanahan, Summerville, and West Ashley SC. So it stands to reason that if you're seeking a new small sport utility vehicle or midsize crossover, you'd be researching the new Subaru Forester and, more than likely, the Honda CR-V.

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Both offer admirable performance, good fuel economy for their class, outstanding resale values and quality, and fun features. But, unless you won the lottery recently, you'll probably ending up choosing only one capable new crossover. So which of these cars is Mr. Right for you?

We've organized this brief competitive comparison to give consumers a head-to-head look at two of the best crossover vehicles on the market today.




Compare Capability and Economy

  • With an attractive starting price, the Subaru Forester offers more affordable buying options at every comparable level than the Honda CR-V
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on every Subaru Forester; it'll cost you to upgrade in the Honda CR-V, to the tune of about $1,300. Safety shouldn't be an add-on
  • 6.4 inches of ground clearance on the CR-V (6.8 on AWD models) can't match up to the rugged capability of 8.9 inches clearance on the Subaru Forester. Bring on the terrain

Compare Power and Performance

  • Though the base 2.5L engine on the Honda CR-V offers about 15HP more than the Forester, 185 is as high as it goes; the Forester's available 2.0L turbocharged BOXER engine boosts you up to 250 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque
  • The Subaru Forester's standard 6-speed manual transmission lets you drive and experience the open road the way it was meant to be; the CR-V limits your transmission choices with a single CVT option
  • The available 6-speed CVT on the Forester boasts a smoother ride and easier gear-changes than the CR-V's 2 speed.

Compare Standard and Available Features

  • At comparable trim levels, the Subaru Forester offers more comfort and convenience features, like windshield wiper de-icer and heated exterior mirrors
  • Roof rails come standard at a much lower trim level in the Subaru Forester than in the Honda CR-V, giving you, once again, more for less
  • In the top Touring trim levels for both models, drivers enjoy premium features and materials, driver assist technology, and multimedia infotainment systems, but you'll still pay less for the capable, iconic Subaru Forester

Research the new Subaru Forester SUV for yourself online or at Crews Subaru of Charleston today. Browse the new lineup to pit Subaru against Subaru, or compare to more competition here. Finding the perfect new midsize crossover SUV has never been easier, or more fun, than at our North Charleston Subaru dealership!

Contact us if you need help comparing your favorite model options, or to set up a test drive.