Forester vs. CRV

Forester vs. CRV

Bob Moore Subaru – Forester vs. CRV

The compact crossover SUV appeals to many shoppers for the great passenger and cargo capacity, exceptional fuel economy, and taller ride height to better view the road. And with many models offering four-wheel and all-wheel options, these vehicles are ideal for wet or snow-covered roads or other poor road conditions. Two of the most popular vehicles in this class are the Subaru Forester and the Honda CRV.


The pricing for the Forester starts at $24,495 for a base model. And when you are all in on the top-end Touring model, the cost will be $34,595. By comparison, the CRV base model comes in a little higher at $25,050, and the same top-of-the-line Touring model reaches $34,750. So the price is only slightly higher on the CRV. But what buyers need to understand is that the Forester includes all-wheel-drive in the base price of this SUV, while the CRV only has it as an option that will add $1,500 to the sticker price. When you compare apples to apples, the Forester offers more for less money.

On the Inside

The Subaru Forester offers a maximum passenger capacity of 111.9 cubic feet, while the CRV provides only 105.9 cubic feet. In addition to more space, the Forester offers more comfort and options than the CRV. The driver’s seat functions are relatively similar, offering multiple power adjustments and leather as upgrades to the cloth upholstered, manually adjustable seat. But the Forster goes far above and beyond with added features, including an 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front and rear seats, and reclining rear seats. The CRV only offers a 4-way adjustable passenger seat and driver’s seat memory settings.


The infotainment features in the Forester and the CRV are far from similar. The Forester includes a standard 6.5-inch touch screen, four speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a pair of USB ports. The CRV includes only a 5-inch display screen, four speakers, a hands-free Bluetooth interface, and a single USB port. Buyers must upgrade to a higher trim level and increased cost to get a 7-inch screen, and upgraded infotainment system including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, navigation, and wireless charging. Forester upgrades include dual rear charging ports, an 8-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth hands-free text messaging, navigation, and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The infotainment in the CRV does not compare to the features offered in the Forester.

Power and Economy

Fuel economy is a huge selling point for this class of vehicles. While the CRV touts better overall gas mileage, that is when you are comparing the front-wheel-drive CRV to the all-wheel-drive Forester. When comparing both in an all-wheel-drive configuration, the Forster gets 33 mpg on the highway to the CRVs 32. The 2.5L Boxer 4 cylinder in the Forester provides 182hp while the CRV offers only slightly better at 190.

For the best bang for your buck, visit Bob Moore Subaru to check out the Subaru Forester.