2018 Honda CR-V versus 2018 Subaru Forester

Small SUVs can be the best choice for families or adults with pets; the convenience and flexibility that a Sports Utility Vehicle provides fits many lifestyles. The 2018 Honda CR-V comes in 4 available trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring; 2WD and AWD.

The 2018 Honda CR-V's sleek styling and sophisticated interior are accentuated by the latest in safety and connectivity technology1. The CVT or continuous variable transmission makes for smooth acceleration as well as improves fuel efficiency. ACE™ Body Structure is a Honda-exclusive body design that utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute frontal crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This helps reduce the force transferred to the cabin and more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles involved. 

The CR-V and Forester are similar but the 2018 Honda CR-V generates more power from its CVT engine and has better fuel economy than the Forester. The newly re-designed CR-V has increased passenger and cargo volume as well as raised the ground clearance. Though the CR-V's starting price is slightly higher than the Forester's, the CR-V leads with a lower 5-year cost to own.

Let's start with what they have in common: 

Standard Features:

Bluetooth phone connectivity

Steering wheel audio controls

Power windows, locks, mirrors

3-year/36,000 mile comprehensive warranty

5-year/60,000 mile limited powertrain warranty

1,500 pound towing capacity

Standard Safety:

Vehicle stability control to avoid skids

Brake override system

Anti-lock brakes with brake assist 


                                                   CR-V                                                                    Forester

Ground Clearance

7.8 inches

8.7 inches

Cargo Space

75.8/39.2 Cubic Ft

74.7/34.4 Cubic Ft

Passenger Volume

105.9 Cubic Ft

108.3 Cubic Ft


2.4 Liter/184 HP CVT

2.5 Liter/170 HP 6-speed manual

Fuel Economy

26 City/32 Hwy2

26 City/32 Hwy


Blind Spot Detection



Lane Keeping Assist


Average Starting Price


$22,795 - $29,495


[1] Not all features are available in all trim levels.[2] 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX with CVT model. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX with CVT model. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.[3] MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

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