Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V Models Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

The Honda CR-V is one of the best-selling family cars in America, but if every car-buyer drove their shiny-new SUVs off a cliff, would you follow them too? Sometimes it pays to go against the current. The 2020 Subaru Forester is an even better choice for your family compared to the 2020 Honda CR-V! We'll prove it to you in the side-by-side comparison below. The 2020 Subaru Forester is a popular choice in its own right, as it's one of the best-selling Subaru models year after year. Find yours at McKenna Subaru. Take your test drive today!

Subaru Forester Sport Trim Level

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Honda CR-V: Size & Design

The 2020 Subaru Forester boasts a sporty style as well as a squared-off, upright posture that gives you generous cargo volume and a roomy cabin. It's roomier inside than the 2020 Honda CR-V! You get a little bit more cargo volume when you fold down the rear seats, but the passenger cabin is more spacious, too. You get an extra 2" of legroom up front for your tallest family members and greater head and shoulder room in both rows of seats compared to the 2020 Honda CR-V.

And speaking of sporty styling, the standard LED headlights on the 2020 Subaru Forester help you see better and look better, too, compared to the halogen headlights on the 2020 Honda CR-V. The new Subaru Forester Sport trim level even gets matte black alloy wheels and stylish orange body moldings and roof rack accents. There's no appearance package quite like that available on the stale Honda CR-V.


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2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Honda CR-V: Technology

Every 2020 Subaru Forester features a standard touchscreen multimedia system complete with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for seamless smartphone syncing. A comparable infotainment system is only available on the 2020 Honda CR-V when you upgrade to a higher trim level. A static screen comes standard on that SUV at the base level.

And furthermore, while the 2020 Honda CR-V offers an optional all-wheel drive system, the 2020 Subaru Forester features standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Available Dual-Zone X-MODE® technology further optimized the drivetrain and all-wheel drive system for maximum responsiveness in dirt, snow and mud at the twist of a dial. Selectable terrain modes aren't available on the less-capable Honda CR-V.

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Subaru Forester X-MODE

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Honda CR-V: Performance

Engine power is similar between these two SUVs, but it's the design of the engine under the hood that makes all the difference. The 2020 Subaru Forester is powered by a four-cylinder BOXER® engine, mounted low in the engine bay. This shifts the center of gravity lower, helping the 2020 Subaru Forester provide more planted, more car-like handling compared to the 2020 Honda CR-V. With its tall inline engine, the 2020 Honda CR-V just isn't as rewarding to drive.

Furthermore, with available all-wheel drive, the 2020 Honda CR-V gets only 32 highway MPG. The 2020 Subaru Forester will get 33 MPG, so it uses less gas on longer highway journeys.


Subaru Forester All-Wheel Drive

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Honda CR-V: Safety

A close look at the crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that the 2020 Subaru Forester is even more durable in the event of a crash than its rival from Honda. While both models earned a best-possible five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, the 2020 Honda CR-V got only four stars in the frontal passenger side crash test. The 2020 Subaru Forester, by contrast, earned five stars in every single individual crash test.

It's the same with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That organization gave the 2020 Honda CR-V a 2020 Top Safety Pick award, indicating its class-leading safety. But the 2020 Subaru Forester earned the even-more-exclusive 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS!


Subaru Forester Fog Lights

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Honda CR-V: Driver Assistance

Both the 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Honda CR-V come standard with advanced driver assist technologies that can help you avoid an accident in the first place. They both come standard with forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. However, there's one optional driver assist feature exclusive to the 2020 Subaru Forester: Reverse automatic braking. If traffic should suddenly cross your path when backing up, like when reversing out of a tight parking spot, the 2020 Subaru Forester can hit the brakes to avoid a fender bender. The 2020 Honda CR-V lacks automatic braking in reverse.

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Why Subaru Is The Best Value!

Not only does the 2020 Honda CR-V cost a bit more than the 2020 Subaru Forester, it'll be even more expensive when you add as options the standard features you get on every Subaru Forester! For instance, while the 2020 Honda CR-V has a starting MSRP of $25,050, all-wheel drive will cost you an extra $1,500. To get all-wheel drive, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® technologies on the 2020 Honda CR-V, you'll have to upgrade to the EX trim level and add AWD for an MSRP of $29,060. Instead, get it all on the entry-level 2020 Subaru Forester.

2020 Subaru Forester2020 Honda CR-V
$24,495Starting MSRP*$25,050
111.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space105.9 Cubic Feet
Standard All-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
33 Highway - 26 CityFuel Economy (MPG)34 Highway - 28 City (FWD Model)
1,500 Pounds Standard Towing Capacity1,500 Pounds 
182 Horsepower190
StandardTouchscreen InfotainmentAvailable Upgrade
76.1 Cubic FeetMax Interior Cargo Volume75.8 Cubic Feet
StandardLED HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
StandardUSB Charging PortsAvailable 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.