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2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Subaru Forester | Winchester, VA

2021 CR-V vs 2021 Forester

The Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester are both popular crossover SUVs that have comprehensive standard safety suites and AWD availability. Apart from those similarities, however, the two models are very different. So then, which one should a prospective buyer choose? We can’t make that choice for you, but we can provide you with some important details to help you make an informed purchasing decision.

Today, we’ll be comparing the 2021 Honda CR-V Touring and the 2021 Subaru Forester Touring. In the table below, you’ll find the two vehicles’ performance specs, starting MRSPs, and fuel economy. Below that, we compare the powertrain responsiveness and cargo space dimensions. Keep reading to learn more.

2021 Honda CR-V Touring AWD


2021 Subaru Forester Touring AWD

$35,150* Starting MSRP $34,895
1.5L turbo 4-cyl Engine 2.5L 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, $1120 destination charge and any accessory installation costs. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.

**Based on 2021 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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Driving Experience

The Subaru Forester has long had an underwhelming flat-four under the hood; the 2021 Subaru Forester falls victim to its engine once again. Stepping on the gas pedal feels unresponsive, providing sluggish acceleration at best. Thankfully, the 2021 Honda CR-V sports a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and CVT pairing that gives drivers a responsive powertrain that feels better to drive, particularly when passing on the highway or accelerating from a stop.

More Storage

The 2021 Honda CR-V is superior when it comes to cargo room. The 2021 Subaru Forester only has 28.9 cu-ft of space with the second-row seats in place and 70.9 cu-ft with the second row folded down. The 2021 Honda CR-V has more noticeably more space. The 2021 Honda CR-V measures 39.2 cu-ft of cargo space behind the second row and 75.8 cu-ft behind the first row when the second-row is folded down. On top of that, the 2021 Honda CR-V also has plentiful small-item storage.

Interested in a 2021 Honda CR-V? Give Miller Honda a call.

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