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2009 Subaru Forester

2008 Honda CR-V

  2009 Subaru Forester 2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX Side Exterior View
MSRP
$19,995
$20,700
Invoice $18,938 $19,272
MPG
City/Highway
19/27 20/27
Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line 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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
Likes &
Dislikes

Likes:

  • Improved styling
  • Reduced interior noise
  • All-wheel drive
  • Carlike handling

Dislikes:

  • Still not a great-looking machine
  • No manual gearbox on turbo models
  • Only four speeds on automatic
  • Lots of silver plastic in the cabin

Likes:

  • Smooth and refined powertrain
  • One of the safest vehicles of its size and type
  • Attractive yet simple instrument panel and controls
  • Especially frugal on fuel

Dislikes:

  • Transmission reluctant to downshift
  • Styling is ungainly to some eyes
  • Rear pillar obscures rearward vision
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