2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Honda CR-V Comparison

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Honda CR-V
2019 Subaru Forester 2019 Honda CR-V
Fuel Capacity
  16.6 gal. 14.0 gal.
Front Leg Room
  43.3 in. 41.3 in.
Cargo Volume
  76.1 cu. ft. 75.8 cu. ft.

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Honda CR-V

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Although the Honda CR-V, which debuted in 1995, is often credited with jumpstarting the crossover market, it’s easy to forget that another entry, the station wagon-based Subaru Forester, arrived in 1997, the same year in which the CR-V was introduced to the North American market. For more than two decades now, both vehicles have appealed to customers who want a mix of the interior space and all-weather capability of SUVs and the fuel efficiency and non-intimidating drivability of compact sedans. While the CR-V is still fresh into its fifth generation of production for 2019—the current cycle kicked off in 2017—the Forester is completely redesigned. The brand-new Forester is a better pick than the 2019 Honda CR-V due to the following reasons.

All-Wheel Drivetrain

As SUVs, the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Honda CR-V are available as all-wheel drive vehicles. Implementation of all-wheel drive prevents slippage when driving on roads made slippery by snow, ice, or rain, thus enhancing traction performance. Notably, though, the all-wheel drivetrain is standard on the Forester, while it’s optional on the CR-V. As a result, the Forester provides more value for your dollar than its Honda counterpart. Moreover, the all-wheel-drive system on the Forester is accompanied by X-MODE® technology on the Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring trims. X-MODE® maximizes engine output and transmission ration increases the drivetrain’s engagement and uses enhanced control of the electronic stability control system to reduce or increase individual wheelspin. Consequently, optimal traction is achieved on various types of terrain and low-friction surfaces.

Passenger Volume

Both compact crossover SUVs offer a maximum occupancy of five people due to their two-row seats. However, one offers more interior space to accommodate the driver and passengers. With the redesign, the 2019 Subaru Forester provides 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume on the base-level model and 107.8 cubic feet of it on the other trims. Both measurements are considerably more than what the 2019 Honda CR-V has to offer. On the Honda vehicle, you will get a passenger volume of 105.9 cubic feet on the base-level LX, 102.9 cubic feet on the EX and EX-L, and 101.6 cubic feet on the top-level Touring.

Driver-Assist Technology

The 2019 Subaru Forester is highly acclaimed for a generosity of safety features—more specifically, a collection of driver-assist functions called EyeSight®. This suite comes with adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision braking system, lane departure, and sway warning, and lane keep assist. EyeSight® is standard on all Forester trims. By contrast, the only driver-assist technology available on the 2019 Honda CR-V is LaneWatch™, which supplements the side mirrors and requires you to upgrade from the LX trim to get it.

To learn more about the 2019 Subaru Forester, rather than the 2019 Honda CR-V, call us at our dealership to set up a time to stop by and test-drive one of our units. Our team of Honda specialists will be on board to assist you with any questions regarding features and financing options.

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