2019 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V Small SUV Comparison in Redwood City, CA

If our competitive model comparison pages were a fight card, welcome to the main event: the 2019 Subaru Forester squares off against the 2019 Honda CR-V. The Forester is the best-selling model in the entire Subaru lineup, and the Honda CR-V similarly tops Honda's list of best-sellers. In fact, it's the second best-selling vehicle in America that isn't a full-size pickup truck...

At Carlsen Subaru, we're glad to report that the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester is now an even better value than its rival from Honda! Both the CR-V and Forester are comperably sized two-row family SUVs. Yet, thanks to standard Subaru EyeSight® driver assistance, STARLINK™ infotainment and legendary Subaru toughness and reliability, the 2019 Subaru Forester stands at the top of its class. Come see what's new on the Subaru Forester, and see why it's an even better value than the 2019 Honda CR-V! We'll compare them side-by-side in five key categories below.

2019 Subaru Forester headroom.

2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Honda CR-V: Interior Size

When you fold the rear seats down in both these crossovers, you reveal about 75 cubic feet of maximum cargo room, so they can both hold about the same amount of stuff. However, when it comes to passenger space, the Subaru Forester comes out on top. You get 2" of additional legroom in the front row. And, since the 2019 Subaru Forester features a more squared-off design, you get more headroom in both rows compared to the 2019 Honda CR-V. The Honda CR-V features a sloping roofline that intrudes on rear passenger space. Taller occupants will find more room to stretch out in the 2019 Subaru Forester.

2019 Subaru Forester CarPlay

2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Honda CR-V: Standard Equipment

The Subaru STARLINK™ infotainment system comes standard on the 2019 Subaru Forester, complete with a 7" touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay™ / Android™ Auto. In the 2019 Honda CR-V, those features are only available with a trim level upgrade. Getting the tech features you want doesn't have to cost you extra when you go with Subaru instead!

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2019 Subaru Forester X-Mode

2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Honda CR-V: Performance

When it comes to engine power, both of these vehicles are within just a few horsepower of one another, so acceleration should be similar. But there's a whole lot more that goes into the performance of your next SUV.

For instance, the 2019 Honda CR-V is available with all-wheel drive -- but it'll set you back $1,400 extra regardless of trim level. On the 2019 Subaru Forester, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard. Planning on going off the beaten path? The 2019 Subaru Forester also provides more ground clearance than the 2019 Honda CR-V as well as available Hill Descent Control and X-MODE® traction optimization technology. Together, these features make the Subaru Forester a more versatile choice when it comes to off-road travel.

Lastly, the 2019 Subaru Forester is a bit more fuel efficient. The entry-level 2019 Honda CR-V LX can achieve up to 31 MPG when equipped with all-wheel drive; the 2019 Subaru Forester is capable of up to 33 MPG.

2019 Subaru Forester safety

2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Honda CR-V: Safety Features

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a not-for-profit organization that performs crash tests on most vehicles sold in America by mainstream brands. They bestow Top Safety Pick awards on the best-performing models each year. The 2019 Honda CR-V is among the safest vehicles in this class, earning the 2019 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS -- but the 2019 Subaru Forester is still even more impressive! The IIHS gave the Forester the even-more-exclusive 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2019 Subaru Forester isn't just safe -- it's safer than all of its closest competitors, too.

2019 Subaru Forester headlights

2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Honda CR-V: Driver Assistance

Subaru EyeSight® is a cutting-edge suite of advanced driver assistance features that can help you avoid an accident. On the 2019 Subaru Forester, EyeSight® adds features like dynamic cruise control, pre-collision warning and automatic braking, lane departure warning and more. A comparable driver assistance suite, called Honda Sensing®, is also available on the 2019 Honda CR-V.

The catch? The 2019 Subaru Forester comes totally standard with EyeSight®, from the entry-level model all the way up to the fully-loaded Subaru Forester Touring. The base 2019 Honda CR-V model can't be equipped with Honda Sensing. When you want the most features for the best price, you get more standard safety equipment from the 2019 Subaru Forester.

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Carlsen Subaru: Home Of The San Francisco Bay Area's Most Capable Cars And SUVs

While there are plenty of cars that are just good enough for driving on pavement, it takes a Subaru to tackle everything from downtown streets to off-road trails and everything in between. At Carlsen Subaru in Redwood City, we're proud to stock all the latest and greatest Subaru models! When you need something a little tougher, a little stronger and a whole lot safer than the competition, visit our dealership to find the Subaru that's a fit for you and your family. After all, a Subaru is always a great investment -- Subaru was rated the top brand for resale value the past four years by Automotive Lease Guide.

You'll find our showroom at 480 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063. We invite you to come by for a test drive any time! We're confident that one spin behind the wheel of a new Subaru will have you convinced: a Subaru is a better value than its competitors from leading brands like Toyota, Nissan and Honda.

2019 Subaru Forester2019 Honda CR-V
$24,295Starting MSRP*$24,450
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable
33 Highway/26 CityEntry-Level Fuel Economy (MPG)32 Highway/26 City
8.7 InchesGround Clearance7.8 Inches
111.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space105.9 Cubic Feet
76.1 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume75.8 Cubic Feet
StandardInfotainment TouchscreenAvailable Upgrade
StandardApple CarPlay / Android Auto SupportAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.