2020 Honda CR-V vs 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 CR-V vs 2020 Forester

Competition in the crossover and SUV segments is intense. Almost every automaker has three to four different crossover and SUV options. Honda, for example, has the CR-V, HR-V, Passport, and Pilot. This oversaturation leaves the burden of research on the consumer. We’re here to help.

Here’s our comparison of the 2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD and the 2020 Subaru Forester Touring AWD. Read on and compare to see which is the best choice for you.

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD


2020 Subaru Forester Touring AWD

$34,750* MSRP $34,595
1.5L turbo inline 4-cyl Engine 2.5L flat 4-cyl
190 hp / 179 lb-ft Horsepower / Torque 182 hp / 176 lb-ft
CVT Transmission CVT
AWD Drivetrain AWD
27/32/29** Fuel Economy 26/33/29

*MSRP includes any selected accessories. MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and any accessory installation costs. Dealers set own prices.

**27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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More Passenger Friendly

Both the 2020 Honda CR-V Touring and the 2020 Subaru Forester Touring are roomy when it comes rear seating room. The 2020 Honda CR-V Touring has 39.1 inches of headroom and 40.4 inches of legroom in the back. The Subaru Forester comes in at 37.7 inches and 39.4 inches, respectively. While that difference may not seem like a lot, when it comes to adult passengers, every inch counts. And when it comes to children, the 2020 Honda CR-V Touring is less hassle. The car seat anchors are out in the open and the extra rear leg space means less adjusting the front seats to accommodate the car seat. The Subaru Forester has anchors buried in the backseat crevices and less legroom means more fiddling with the front seats to make things fit.

More Robust Performance

The 2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD has a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. The turbocharger delivers ample acceleration and punchy throttle response. There is a little turbo lag at low-speed, low-RPM situations, but the CVT makes up for it. On the other hand, the 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder in the 2020 Subaru Forester is sluggish at low speeds and when trying to accelerate hard. Putting the pedal to the floor in the Forester when trying to pass on the highway results in a lot more engine noise and a lot less acceleration than you’d like.

Interested in the 2020 Honda CR-V? Come drive one at Miller Honda in Winchester, VA.

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