Compare 2008 Honda CR-V vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2008 Honda CR-V
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2WD 5-Door LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 5-Door LX 20 27 $19,272 $20,700
4WD 5-Door LX 20 26 $20,385 $21,900
2WD 5-Door EX 20 27 $21,358 $22,950
4WD 5-Door EX 20 26 $22,471 $24,150
2WD 5-Door EX-L 20 27 $23,723 $25,500
4WD 5-Door EX-L 20 26 $24,836 $26,700
2WD 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 20 27 $25,300 $27,200
4WD 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 20 26 $26,413 $28,400
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4-Door Manual X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual X 20 27 $18,938 $19,995
4-Door Manual PZEV X 20 27 $19,149 $20,195
4-Door Automatic X 20 26 $20,028 $21,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X 20 26 $20,239 $21,395
4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,196 $22,495
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,407 $22,695
4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,563 $22,895
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,774 $23,095
4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
4-Door AutomaticPZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,471 $23,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,682 $24,095
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,330 $25,995
4-Door Automatic X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,272
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,700
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$345 / month
$333 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want. It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.5 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.9 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.8 107.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 56.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.6 40.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
55.9 52.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.3 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
177.9 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
66.1 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.6 70.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.9 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
35.7 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 53.25
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x - TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.3 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.74 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.8 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.96 3.0
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/65R17 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/65R17 P215/65HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3389 3250
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 356
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 5800 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4200 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/150
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.57 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.06
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.50 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.79 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.45
Trans Type
5 5
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda CR-V Subaru Forester (Natl)
Body Style
5 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.79 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson-type
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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