2019 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Subaru Forester

Black 2019 Honda CR-V in a Driveway vs Green 2019 Subaru Forester in Snow

Are you in search of a fun-to-drive and family-friendly compact crossover? The 2019 Honda CR-V may fit the bill at Howdy Honda. Armed with a versatile design, efficient powertrains, a spacious cabin and an impressive list of technology and features, the Honda CR-V will check all the boxes for the family on the go. Find out how the Honda CR-V stacks up against a premier competitor in the segment with this 2019 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Subaru Forester comparison.

Families who have their hearts set on the 2019 Honda CR-V will have a choice of four trim levels – LX, EX, EX-L and Touring – that can be tailored to fit your lifestyle and budget. All Honda CR-V entries make room for five passengers and add 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats – perfect for day-to-day errands. With the rear seats laid flat, the Honda CR-V expands its cargo area to 75.8 cubic feet.

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2019 Honda CR-V VS 2019 Subaru Forester
$24,350* Base MSRP $24,295
184-Horsepower 2.4-Liter 4-Cylinder (Honda CR-V LX) Standard Engine 182-Horsepower 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder
26 MPG City/32 MPG Hwy/28 MPG Combined** Fuel Economy 26 MPG City/33 MPG Hwy/29 MPG Combined
39.2 - 75.8 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 35.4 - 76.1 Cubic Feet

What Are the Differences Between the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester?

Price is always an important aspect of the car-buying experience and in this 2019 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Subaru Forester comparison, the competitors feature similar price points. Entry-level Honda CR-V LX trim levels start at $24,350* and employ a long list of standard features that includes multi-reflector Halogen headlights, a remote entry system, an automatic climate control system, 17-inch alloy wheels, a multi-angle rearview camera, a 5-inch color LCD infotainment system with Bluetooth, a 160-watt sound system and more.

Equipment and technology upgrades will vary by trim level. Honda CR-V EX entries will add 18-inch wheels, a Honda Sensing® suite of safety systems, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, heated front seats and a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. With a move to the top-of-the-line Honda CR-V Touring trim, you will gain premium leather upholstery, a hands-free power liftgate, LED headlights, roof rails, ambient interior lighting, a Display Audio navigation system and a power sunroof.

When you look under the hood of the base Honda CR-V LX, you will discover a 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a standard Continuously Variable Transmission to earn 26 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined**. Honda CR-V EX, EX-L and Touring trim levels employ a 190-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission.

With this combination under the hood, Honda CR-V EX, EX-L and Touring trim levels will earn 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined**. Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ is available for all Honda CR-V trim levels. The Subaru Forester competes with a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine married to a Continuously Variable Transmission and a Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System.

* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

** Based on 2019 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.


Red 2019 Honda CR-V Front Exterior at the Beach
Red 2019 Honda CR-V Rear Exterior at the Beach
2019 Honda CR-V Steering Wheel, Dashboard and Display Audio Touchscreen
2019 Honda CR-V Rear Cargo Space