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2019 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Subaru Forester

Front passenger side exterior view of a gray 2019 Honda CR-V on the left "vs" driver side passenger side exterior view of a white 2019 Subaru Forester on the right

There comes a time in life when your full-size sedan is no longer large enough to meet your everyday cargo and passenger demands. If that day is quickly approaching then you need to find a larger and better-suited crossover SUV for your daily needs like the 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Subaru Forester. Both of these SUVs provide the expanded interior space that you need along with flex-folding rear seats for even more cargo and passenger convenience. You can find out all of the similarities and differences between the 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Subaru Forester right here below to help you decide which one of these attractive and accommodating vehicles is right for you.

2019 Honda CR-V


2019 Subaru Forester

2.4L In-Line 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.5L 4-Cylinder
184 HP/ 180 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 182 HP/ 176 LB-FT
Continuously Variable w/ Sport Mode Standard Transmission Continuously Variable
26 MPG City/ 32 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 26 MPG City/ 33 MPG HWY
*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery package/condition, and other factors.

What are the Differences Between the 2019 Honda CR-V & 2019 Subaru Forester?

As you can see from the chart above the standard drivetrain specs of the 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Subaru Forester are very similar. The 2019 Honda CR-V, however, offers an engine upgrade from its standard engine and that engine is a 1.5L Turbocharged In-Line 4-Cylinder that supplies it with 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. This engine also works with the Continuously Variable Transmission to achieve EPA fuel economy estimates of 28 MPG* City/ 34 MPG* HWY in standard Two-Wheel Drive and in available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) the 1.5L Turbo engine averages 27 MPG* City/ 33 MPG* HWY. AWD is an available option for all four trim levels of the 2019 Honda CR-V and AWD is standard equipment for the 2019 Subaru Forester.

There is seating for five people inside both the 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Subaru Forester but the 2019 CR-V provides passengers with more rear seat legroom than the Forester does. Both the 2019 Honda CR-V and 2019 Subaru Forester have split-folding rear seats that give them great cargo and passenger flexibility but the 2019 CR-V has more standard cargo room and on the upper trim levels the CR-V has more standard and available cargo space. With its available engine upgrade as well as its larger cargo area the 2019 Honda CR-V wins a hard-fought battle over the 2019 Subaru Forester.