Compare 2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Subaru Forester
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EX 2WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CR-V EX 2WD 28 34 $25,157 $26,795
CR-V EX AWD 27 33 $26,374 $28,095
CR-V EX-L 2WD 28 34 $27,498 $29,295
CR-V EX-L 2WD w/Navi 28 34 $28,434 $30,295
CR-V EX-L AWD 27 33 $28,714 $30,595
CR-V EX-L AWD w/Navi 27 33 $29,651 $31,595
CR-V LX 2WD 26 32 $22,583 $24,045
CR-V LX AWD 25 31 $23,800 $25,345
CR-V Touring 2WD 28 34 $30,493 $32,495
CR-V Touring AWD 27 33 $31,710 $33,795
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2.0XT Premium CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 2.0XT Premium CVT 23 27 $27,424 $29,295
Forester 2.0XT Touring CVT 23 27 $32,028 $34,295
Forester 2.5i CVT 26 32 $22,272 $23,595
Forester 2.5i Limited CVT 26 32 $27,321 $29,195
Forester 2.5i Manual 22 28 $21,363 $22,595
Forester 2.5i Premium CVT 26 32 $24,466 $25,995
Forester 2.5i Premium Manual 22 28 $24,032 $25,495
Forester 2.5i Touring CVT 26 32 $29,243 $31,295

Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V: Compare Cars

The Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester are two of the more popular compact crossover wagons and are hardy perennials in this segment.

These two models—and nearly all the models in their very popular category—are great family choices. They can multitask better than most, tucking away up to five passengers and some big-box bargains, all with the promise of all-weather traction and tractability — and with a low sticker price plus some impressive fuel economy numbers.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,157
$27,424
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,795
$29,295
Monthly Payment Estimate
$447 / month
$488 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
It's hard to imagine a compact crossover better aligned with the needs of most buyers than the 2017 Honda CR-V. One of the best small SUVs, the 2017 Subaru Forester is a good value, with remarkable interior volume, thrifty fuel economy, and top safety scores.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 57
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 37.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.9 103.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 43
Front Hip Room (in)
55.1 53.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
40.4 38
Front Head Room (in)
38 40
Second Hip Room (in)
49.5 53
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
180.6 181.5
Height, Overall (in)
66.1 68.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.7 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
104.7 103.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63 60.9
Liftover Height (in)
- 28.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
75.8 68.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
39.2 31.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
39.2 31.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 37.1
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 71.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- 45.9
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 31.9
Brakes
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)
10.2 10.9
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 12.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 15.9
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60HR18 P225/55HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60HR18 P225/55HR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
NA 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3358 3653
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
410 -
Engine
Displacement
1.5 L/91 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
190 @ 5600 250 @ 5600
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
179 @ 2000 258 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.64 4.11
Trans Type
1 8
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.86 2.35
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD CVT w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.65 - 0.41 3.50 - 0.98
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.66
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.80
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda CR-V Subaru Forester
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 7.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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