2021 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V Comparison Information in Columbus, OH

Honda is often the first name that jumps to people's mind when considering a great value for a reliable car, but there's a reason that Subaru continues to be among the fastest-growing names in the business. So, how does the new 2021 Subaru Forester compare to the new Honda CR-V? Below, we look at some of the more significant differences separating these two popular SUVs. Once you have an idea of the many advantages that come with a new Subaru Forester, we invite you to come experience one for yourself. At Byers Airport Subaru, we're excited to show you a better dealership experience. We're near the airport in Columbus, OH and we look forward to showing you all the latest Subaru has to offer.

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2021 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Features & Convenience

As you approach these two models, there's no denying that they are uniquely designed to catch the eye and speak well of their makers. But what's behind the style? The new Subaru Forester comes standard with LED Steering Responsive Headlights that literally help you see around corners in the dark. It's a heightened level of safety and convenience that you just won't find on a new Honda CR-V. What's more, roof rails are standard on all but the entry-level Subaru Forester, and they're a feature that you'll only find at the top of the Honda CR-V lineup.

One of the main reasons to get a new small SUV is to take advantage of the extra room for passengers and cargo. The new Subaru Forester certainly delivers with up to a comfortable 111.9 cubic feet of passenger space. Compare that to the 105.9 cubic feet of passenger space in the new Honda CR-V and it's clear that you're getting a lot more for your money in a new Subaru Forester. Max cargo space is similar in both models, but those Subaru Forester roof rails we mentioned above can make packing for your next adventure much more convenient.


2021 Subaru Forester Touchscreen

2021 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Technology

You're probably already aware that most new vehicles now come standard with advanced touchscreen multimedia systems. So, you can imagine our surprise to learn that the new 2021 Honda CR-V starts out with a mere five-inch LCD screen. Meanwhile, the new Subaru Forester enters the market with a 6.5-inch touchscreen multimedia system with seamless smartphone integration via Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. You'll have to pay thousands more and upgrade the new Honda CR-V to a higher trim level to get this level of connectivity. What's more, the new Subaru Forester comes standard with dual USB ports, power windows with driver's auto up/down, and satellite radio with included trial subscription. All of these and more will cost more as upgrades in the new Honda CR-V.

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2021 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Performance

A new small SUV is great for growing families and individuals alike, but is it the best option when you need year-round performance and capability? It is when you choose the new 2021 Subaru Forester. Sure, the new Honda CR-V offers competitive performance for this segment, but the Subaru Forester is still in a different league. That has a lot to do with the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that you'll find in every Subaru Forester. There's also the standard flat design of the Subaru BOXER® engine that provides a lower center of gravity for superior handling and comfort than the traditional layout of the Honda CR-V. The unique Subaru engine design also provides a smoother and quieter ride thanks to improved reduction to noise, vibration, and harshness. If you take both models for a test drive, you'll quickly see what we mean. When you get here for a test drive, ask us about other performance advantages from the latest Subaru Forester including Active Torque Vectoring and Trailer Stability Assist.


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2021 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Safety

Nothing is more important than your safety in today's traffic. Fortunately, the new 2021 Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V are among the safer options in this segment. They've each earned top safety awards from independent industry experts, but the new Subaru Forester did do a bit better in testing by the IIHS. We've already mentioned the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system in every Subaru Forester as well as the standard steering-responsive LED headlights, and those are also significant safety advantages. To learn more about how a new Subaru SUV is better at protecting you and your loved ones on the road, come see us for a test drive at Byers Airport Subaru.


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The 2021 Subaru Forester Is The Best Value For Your Money

Best of all, not only is the 2021 Subaru Forester better equipped than its Honda rival, it even costs a bit less! Starting at an MSRP of just $24,795, the 2021 Subaru Forester is available right now at Byers Airport Subaru. Come experience for yourself why it's the most compelling value in the small SUV segment.

2021 Subaru Forester2021 Honda CR-V
$24,795Starting MSRP*$25,350
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
74.3 Cubic FeetMax Interior Cargo Volume75.8 Cubic Feet
StandardSteering-Responsive HeadlightsNot Available
StandardPower Windows With Driver's Auto Up/DownAvailable 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.