2019 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V Comparison in Columbus, OH

Upgrading to a new small SUV is an exciting time that's full of great options. When it comes to quality, reliability, and value, Subaru and Honda are obvious choices. In the following small SUV comparison, we look at what separates the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester from the 2019 Honda CR-V. They each start out with virtually the same MSRP, but what is it that you're getting for the money? Find out below, then come discover the stunningly redesigned Subaru Forester in person at Byers Airport Subaru where we've been serving the transportation needs of Columbus, OH for over 120 years.

2019 Subaru Forester Interior Dimensions

All-New 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Honda CR-V: Interior

When you're looking to upgrade your daily driver to a new small SUV, chances are that you're looking for more room inside. The all-new 2019 Subaru Forester certainly delivers on that with up to an astonishing 111.9 cubic feet for up to five passengers. The family will have to make do with just 105.9 cubic feet of space in the new Honda CR-V. You'll also find more maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded down in the new Subaru Forester than you will in the small SUV from Honda.

Of course, space is just the beginning. At the start of the lineup, entertainment in the new similarly-priced Honda CR-V means little more than a basic radio with a 5" LCD screen. The all-new 2019 Subaru Forester, on the other hand, comes standard with a 6.5" color touchscreen infotainment system.

2019 Subaru Forester Technology

All-New 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Honda CR-V: Technology

The standard STARLINK™ infotainment found in every new Subaru Forester also provides compatible smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto. Further standard technology that comes with a new Subaru Forester includes satellite radio, automatic on/off headlights, and two USB ports up front. All of this and more will cost extra as upgrades on a new Honda CR-V.

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2019 Subaru Forester Performance

All-New 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Honda CR-V: Performance

If you haven't experienced the performance of a flat Subaru BOXER® engine and standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, you're in for a treat behind the wheel of the all-new Subaru Forester. No matter what model you choose, AWD is standard in the all-new Subaru Forester, which still gets virtually the same fuel economy as the standard front-wheel drive Honda CR-V. If you did want all-wheel drive in the small SUV from Honda, it will cost significantly more as an upgrade.

Power is similar across the lineup for each model, and you'll be able to tow up to 1,500 pounds in both models. However, performance is about more than relatively meaningless numbers on a spec sheet. This is where a test drive in each model reveals noticeable differences. The all-new Subaru Forester clears obstacles with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is significantly more than you'll get from the Honda CR-V.

Even with a higher ground clearance, the new Subaru Global Platform works with the lower center of gravity from the flat BOXER® engine in the Subaru Forester to provide a far better driving experience than what's available in the Honda CR-V.

2019 Subaru Forester Safety

All-New 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Honda CR-V: Safety

The advanced safety in modern small SUVs is astonishing. The all-new 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Honda CR-V are great examples that have both earned safety awards from independent industry experts. However, there are a couple important distinctions to be aware of.

Naturally, the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that comes with every Subaru Forester is a noticeable safety advantage over the standard front-wheel drive Honda CR-V. The standard Active Torque Vectoring technology that comes in the Subaru Forester is another example of how it takes your safety a bit further. Trailer stability assist is also standard in the small SUV from Subaru, but not in the Honda CR-V.

2019 Subaru Forester Driver Assistance

All-New 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Honda CR-V: Driver Assistance Technology

Today, your next new vehicle can help you keep an eye on the road ahead and traffic around you. This includes in the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester with the EyeSight® driver assist technology and the Honda CR-V with the Honda Sensing® technology.

The difference is that every new 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with EyeSight®, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-keep assist, and more. To get similar features in the new Honda CR-V means upgrading to the higher trim levels. Clearly, you'll be getting a lot more for you money in the new Subaru Forester.

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Discover Why Subaru is Among the Fastest-Growing Names in the Industry

Did you know that Subaru was the first in the nation to establish a zero-landfill automotive manufacturing plant? That means that tossing a gum wrapper in the trash is sending more garbage to a landfill than the Subaru manufacturing plant in Indiana. That's just the beginning of how Subaru does things differently.

Their famed BOXER® engines continue to provide better and safer driving dynamics with less fuel and more power while the renowned traction of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive continues to lead the industry. Further safety from the advanced EyeSight® driver assist system is now becoming standard on more Subaru models, and all this is just a preview of the unparalleled value that comes with a Subaru.

Come see us at Byers Airport Subaru to learn more about how a new Subaru can improve your life. You might be surprised at just how affordable it is, especially when you take advantage of our frequently updated special offers on all the latest Subaru models.