Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Subaru Forester Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Subaru Forester

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Forester doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Forester have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 66 percent more Honda dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the CR-V has a standard 410-amp battery. The Forester’s 390-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 1 place higher in reliability than Subaru.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (184 vs. 170) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 174) than the Forester 2.5i’s standard 2.5 SOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the CR-V LX is faster than the Forester 2.5i (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V 1.5T AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Forester 2.0XT (27 city/33 hwy vs. 23 city/27 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Forester 2.0XT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Forester doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Forester:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Forester (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Forester.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Forester 2.0XT Touring pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Forester 2.5i Touring (27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Forester doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Forester doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Forester 2.5i Touring (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 1.2 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the Forester.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Forester with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 34.4 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Forester with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 74.7 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Touring’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Forester doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Forester can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Forester’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The CR-V has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Forester Base doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the CR-V and the Forester offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Forester doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Forester because it costs $522 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Forester, including $239 less for a water pump, $12 less for front brake pads, $74 less for fuel injection, $76 less for a fuel pump, $132 less for front struts, $106 less for a timing belt/chain and $80 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Forester isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Forester has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Forester was Sport Utility of the Year in 2014.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Subaru Forester by over two to one during 2017.

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