Page Loading

Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester

Both the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester have been on the market for over two decades, and both have developed a solid fanbase. They each offer a roomy and comfortable interior, advanced safety technologies, and an impressive level of family- friendly versatility. Where they differ most is exterior styling and drivetrain choices. The Honda CR-V features a traditional SUV profile, along with standard front-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive, and a fuel-efficient hybrid. The Subaru Forester looks like a tall wagon, with enough ground clear to genuinely tackle off-road challenges. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive, but there’s no hybrid version available.

See More See Less

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Subaru Forester

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,170 - $36,765

Used Asking Price:

$26,333 - $36,700

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

36.5%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$27,341 - $37,623

Used Asking Price:

$26,279 - $37,409

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.4%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.6 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.3 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 61
5 / 24

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 61
4 / 24

Summary Review

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover with mass appeal. It has been one of the best-selling SUVs since its introduction as a 1997 model. The current CR-V benefitted from a redesign for the 2017 model year, with new models costing an average of $31,288 and 3-year-old models averaging $25,089.

See More See Less

Summary Review

The Subaru Forester is a five-seat, compact SUV that foregoes the station wagon styling of other Subaru models for a more utilitarian, square-bodied design. The Forester has earned a reputation as a reliable and capable all-weather SUV with a spacious cabin and versatile cargo space. New models of the Forester cost an average of $32,632 and 3-year-old models average $23,752.

See More See Less

Pros and Cons

  • Hybrid version available
  • Assertive exterior design
  • Highly functional and comfortable interior

  • Priced higher than some competitors
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is not to every driver’s taste
  • Blind-spot monitoring unavailable in base models

Pros and Cons

  • All-wheel drive is standard
  • Better-than-average ground clearance and off-road capability
  • Large cargo area

  • Engine power could be stronger
  • Low tow rating may not match many buyers’ lifestyles
  • Continuously variable transmission (CVT) not to everyone’s liking

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

Wagon

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

LX, EX, SE, EX-L, Touring

Trim Levels

Base, Premium, Sport, Wilderness, Limited, Touring

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

190 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

179 foot-lbs @ 2000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.057 hp per pound

Tow/Haul Capacities:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

176 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.053 hp per pound

Tow/Haul Capacities:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 34 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 476 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 33 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

432 / 548 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Available

Android Auto:

Available

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

40.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Cargo Space:

39.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

75.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

145.1 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.2 inches

Cargo Space:

28.9 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

74.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

140.5 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3337 lbs

Width:

73 inches

Height:

66.1 inches

Length:

182.1 inches

Wheelbase:

104.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3454 lbs

Width:

80.9 inches

Height:

67.5 inches

Length:

182.7 inches

Wheelbase:

105.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

225/60R17