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2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Forester

By Autolist Staff | September 7, 2018

2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Honda CR-V

Automotive Website Analyzed


96%

The Best

You should buy it

95%

The Best

You should buy it

Our User's Take

What owners think


100%

Would Buy Again

3 Ratings

100%

Would Buy Again

6 Ratings

What’s better about the CR-V?

Refinement. If you were to drive the CR-V and the Forester back-to-back, you would immediately notice the Honda is quieter and more refined than the Subaru. The Forester feels cheaper and more utilitarian than the CR-V.

Freshness. The 2018 version is just the second year for this new generation of CR-V, which came out in 2017. Meanwhile the 2018 Subaru Forester is the last year for its respective generation, with a new model due out for 2019. This means the CR-V will generally be more advanced in most ways, including safety, efficiency and amenities.

Cargo space. The CR-V has more room in the cargo area than the Subaru Forester does, regardless of whether the respective vehicles’ rear seats are up or down.


What’s better about the Forester?

Power, if you want it. For customers looking for extra oomph, the Forester offers an optional, 250-horsepower turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. That’s considerably more power than the 190-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes on most trims of the 2018 CR-V.

Passenger space. While the CR-V beats the Forester in terms of cargo room, the Forester wins the people-space competition -- but just barely, with a half cubic-foot advantage.

It’s a little cheaper. The 2018 Forester starts at $24,710 for models with an automatic transmission. That’s $535 less than the 2018 Honda CR-V’s $25,245 starting price. This pricing advantage should carry over into the used market as these two vehicles go head-to-head so you can generally expect to pay less for an ‘18 Forester than a comparably-equipped ‘18 CR-V.


Autolist’s take:

While both models scored well with reviewers, this is an easy choice for us. Yes, the 2018 Subaru Forester has more engine options and passenger space -- and the pricing advantage is also a nice little bonus. But the 2018 Honda CR-V is one of the most well-rounded vehicles on the market. Its refinement, space, style and comfort are all leaps and bounds better than the Forester -- and indeed most crossovers in the segment -- no matter the small price difference. So we say Buy the Honda CR-V.

Cost of Ownership

2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Honda CR-V

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,696
15k miles at $2.713/gal
$1,507
15k miles at $2.713/gal
Fuel Economy

22 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
25 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
27 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
31 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Honda CR-V

NHTSA Crash Test Results

5 stars
Overall
5 stars
Overall
Safety Features

Available
Autonomous Braking
Available
Autonomous Braking
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Available
Lane-Keep Assist
Available
Lane-Keep Assist
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Honda CR-V

Interior Features

-
Leather
-
Leather
Available
Moonroof
Available
Moonroof
Available
Heated Seats
Available
Heated Seats
Available
Keyless Entry
Available
Keyless Entry
Available
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

-
Apple Carplay
Available
Apple Carplay
-
Android Auto
Available
Android Auto
Available
Satellite Radio
Available
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Available
Navigation System
Available
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Honda CR-V

Powertrain

6-Speed Manual
Transmission
CVT
Transmission
AWD
Drivetrain
FWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

170+ HP @ 5800 RPM
Horsepower
184+ HP @ 6400 RPM
Horsepower
174+ lb-ft @ 4100 RPM
Torque
180+ lb-ft @ 3900 RPM
Torque
H4
Cylinders
I4
Cylinders