Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V

To the casual observer, the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Honda CR-V are similar vehicles, but the differences emerge quickly when you look at the details. Each is a very popular crossover offering ample cargo and passenger space, basic utility, and excellent standard active safety features. The Forester, though, has a more rugged look and edges out the CR-V in fuel economy, standard amenities, and winter driving ability. 

The vehicles are similar in horsepower, with the engine in the base CR-V making just a tad more (184 horses versus the Forester's 182); the higher CR-V trims receive a turbocharged engine that makes 190 horses. The Forester, though, achieves better gas mileage; it's rated by the EPA as getting 1 mpg more around town and 2 mpg more on the highway than the lowest-trim CR-V and is on par with the higher-trim CR-Vs' turbo inline four. The Forester also wins in pricing, with a base MSRP almost $1400 less than the CR-V's. And New England buyers will surely appreciate that all-wheel drive comes standard on all Forester trims, whereas it's an upgrade to the tune of $1,400 on the CR-V. It also offers almost a full inch more of ground clearance. 

Standard Features 
Besides AWD, many sought-after features come standard on the 2019 Subaru Forester. This practical and comfortable vehicle has a larger and more modern touchscreen infotainment system than the CR-V, and unlike that competitor it includes compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While both of these crossovers offer heated front seats, only the Forester makes those warm cushions available for the backseat occupants. To the delight of people who travel with muddy or wet dogs or sports equipment, it also features easy-clean PVC material on the seat backs and in the cargo area. 

Safety Technology 
According to the International Institute for Highway Safety, the '19 Forester is a safety standout, earning the highest ratings as well as the honor of Top Safety Pick. The Subaru EyeSight suite of active safety technology that comes standard on all trims beats out Honda's similar Safety Sense package by including a pre-collision system. The Forester also offers DriverFocus on its top trim, which is infrared facial-recognition technology that detects drowsiness or other inattention on the part of the vehicle operator. When it detects that the driver has looked away from the road for more than three seconds, it beeps a warning; if the warning is ignored, it then slows the car to a stop. This technology also recognizes up to five drivers, greets them by name, and then automatically sets the climate control, seat and mirror positions, and audio to their preferences.

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