Compare Subaru Forester vs. Honda CRV

The Subaru Forester Versus the Honda CR-V at Frank Subaru near San Diego

Shopping for a new compact SUV? We know how difficult it can be to find the car you want with so many choices out there, so our team wants to highlight some of the things that makes the Subaru Forester stand out from the competition like the Honda CR-V.

More Room for What You Need

A Spacious Interior in a Compact Package

Both the Forester and CR-V are compact SUVs with seating for five, resulting in similar sizes for each. They are both 182.1 inches long, but the Forester is about an inch taller at 67.5 inches without the roof rails thanks to its added ground clearance. It's also a bit thinner at 71.5 inches compared to the Honda CR-V's 73 inches, making it a bit easier to fit into tight parking spaces.

Despite being wider, the CR-V has less shoulder room by up to 1.6 inches. The Subaru Forester also has more room for anyone sitting in the front, with about two inches of extra legroom and one to three inches of extra headroom, depending on the trims. This all results in about five to six extra cubic feet of passenger volume in the Forester compared to the CR-V.

Protect What You Love

Fantastic Safety

Both of these models come with extensive safety systems, including their respective driver-assistance technology suites. No matter whether you choose the Subaru Forester or the Honda CR-V, you'll be getting features like a pre-collision braking system, lane departure and sway warning and advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering.

If you want the best in safety, however, it's hard to beat the Subaru Forester. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives its Top Safety Pick award to cars that pass several crashworthiness tests and have certain safety features available, and the Honda CR-V received this award for its 2021 model year. The Subaru Forester, on the other hand, has good LED projector headlights standard, allowing it to receive the Top Safety Pick+ award for the same year.

Enjoy What You Love & Stay Connected

Incredible Technology

Driving through Imperial Beach listening to your music is easy and enjoyable in your Subaru Forester with its STARLINK® Multimedia system. It's as simple as plugging your compatible phone into the USB port to start using Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ to listen to your favorite audio or make hands-free calls with your phone.

The Honda CR-V does have Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ in the  higher trims. If you want the most affordable trim, is a 5-inch LCD screen and Bluetooth® audio streaming. You can upgrade this to a 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration on higher trims. The Forester has 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus and Navigation systems available.

One last note is that the audio won't sound quite as good in the Honda CR-V. While both SUVs have nine speakers on their top audio system, the CR-V has only a 330-watt amplifier while the Forester has a 576-watt amplifier. You'll also have the confidence of the Harman Kardon® behind the Forester's speakers.

An SUV for Your Budget in National City

While the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester have very comparable prices from the lowest trim to the highest, this is discounting a crucial difference. The Subaru Forester comes with the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that Subaru is known for, but the CR-V has front-wheel drive standard, and you'll need to pay an extra $1,500 for all-wheel drive. Plus, the Forester comes with more features on its base trim while still being at least several hundred dollars less expensive.

Confirm Your Opinion with a Test Drive

There's nothing that can help you decide if you like a car like a test drive, so don't hesitate to give us a call to set one up! You can also read more about the Subaru Forester beforehand to get an overview of some of the other terrific features it has in store for you.

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