Vehicle Comparisons:
Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V

The 2018 Subaru Forester and 2018 Honda CR-V were designed for families. Whether you’re taking the kids sightseeing around the Allegheny Mountains or running errands around Pittsburgh, you need a reliable SUV. The Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V offer great fuel efficiency, safety, and plenty of cargo space.

However, which one is right for you? Baierl Automotive put together this comparison of the Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V to help you decide which midsize SUV is the right fit for you.

Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Fuel Efficiency and Performance

The 2018 Forester and CR-V are very fuel-efficient. Both get an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 26 city/32 highway MPG.1 One of the reasons they’re so efficient is because they both work with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which adjusts the gear ratio to increase fuel efficiency.

Under the hood, the new 2018 Forester comes with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower. There’s also a Turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 250 horsepower.

The 2018 Honda CR-V also has two available engines. The standard engine is a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that generates 184 horsepower, while the 1.5L 4-cylinder engine with Single-Scroll Turbocharger produces up 190 horsepower.

As for their drivetrains, all-wheel drive is standard on the Forester, while the CR-V is available in both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive.

Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Safety

The Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V are loaded with safety features that have earned both of them 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.2 Some of the available safety features they share include:

With all these available safety features, you can rest assured that you and your family will be safe while traveling in both compact SUVs.

Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Cargo Space

Seating and cargo space are important for family cars and SUVs. The 2018 Subaru Forester and 2018 Honda CR-V can comfortably seat five people. The Forester has 43 inches of front legroom and 38 inches of rear legroom. The CR-V has a slightly smaller front seat with 41.3 inches of legroom, but it makes up for it by giving passengers 40.4 inches of rear legroom.

When it comes to cargo and storage, the Forester has 34.4 cubic feet of cargo space in the back while the seats are still up. With the seats folded down, it allows for 74.7 cubic feet of space. The CR-V can carry slightly more. With the seats up, it has 39.2 cubic feet of space and with them folded down, the storage area is 75.8 cubic feet.

Access to the back is area is easy. Both the Forester and CR-V feature a power rear gate that can be opened with the push of a button. The CR-V has the added convenience of a hands-free gate. Simply hold your foot out and you’ll be able to start loading up without having to put anything down and grab your keys first.

If you’re moving or bringing a camper or boat along for a trip, both the Forester and CR-V can help by towing up to 1,500 pounds.

Which One Is Right for You?

The 2018 Subaru Forester and 2018 Honda CR-V are clearly both worthy of your consideration. However, there’s only one that’ll feel right for you to get around Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. In this comparison between the Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V, both offer similar engine specifications, similar fuel economy, and state-of-the-art safety features. If you’re looking for an SUV with a little more room for cargo space, the Honda CR-V is a good choice. If you’re searching for an SUV with more front legroom and comfort, the Subaru Forester may be your best bet.

If you’re still undecided between which SUV best suits your lifestyle and would like to learn more, contact our team at BaierlDay Automotive today! Our team of helpful product specialists is happy to assist you during any step of your car-buying journey!


1 Based on 2018 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.

2 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).