Compare 2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Subaru Forester
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2.5i Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2.5i Manual 22 28 $21,547 $22,795
2.5i CVT 26 32 $22,455 $23,795
2.5i Manual Premium 22 28 $24,215 $25,695
2.5i CVT Premium 26 32 $24,649 $26,195
2.5i CVT Premium Black Edition 26 32 $25,634 $27,345
2.5i CVT Premium Black Edition w/EyeSight 26 32 $26,657 $28,540
2.5i CVT Limited 26 32 $27,505 $29,395
2.0XT CVT Premium 23 27 $27,607 $29,495
2.5i CVT Touring 26 32 $30,887 $33,090
2.0XT CVT Touring 23 27 $33,675 $36,090
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2WD LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD LX 26 32 $22,775 $24,250
AWD LX 25 31 $24,085 $25,650
2WD EX 28 34 $25,396 $27,050
AWD EX 27 33 $26,707 $28,450
2WD EX-L 28 34 $27,736 $29,550
2WD w/Navi EX-L 28 34 $28,672 $30,550
AWD EX-L 27 33 $29,047 $30,950
AWD w/Navi EX-L 27 33 $29,983 $31,950
2WD Touring 28 34 $30,732 $32,750
AWD Touring 27 33 $32,042 $34,150

2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Forester: Compare Cars

Comparison shopping the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Subaru Forester is like bringing Aesop’s “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” fable to life. These two compact, five-seat crossovers bring lots to the table, but do so with decidedly different personalities.

The citified 2018 CR-V rates higher on our scale—a 7.0 out of 10—which isn’t unexpected given that it was just redesigned. The  2018 Forester’s basic design dates back five model years and it’s up for a redo, but sales climb annually and it rates a still strong 6.7 overall.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,547
$22,775
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,795
$24,250
Monthly Payment Estimate
$380 / month
$404 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Subaru Forester continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money. The 2018 Honda CR-V may be light on personality, but this compact crossover checks off every other box. It’s a very smart choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
38 40.4
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53 49.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.3 105.9
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 39.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43 41.3
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 104.7
Liftover Height (in)
28.6 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 73
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 63
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.7 -
Length, Overall (in)
181.5 180.6
Height, Overall (in)
66.4 66.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 63.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
71.9 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
34.4 39.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
45.9 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
34.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
74.7 75.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
37.1 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
34.4 39.2
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.2 -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 11.1
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)
10.8 10.2
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 14
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/60HR17 P235/65HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/60HR17 P235/65HR17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
1500 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3322 3307
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded H-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
174 @ 4000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5800 184 @ 6400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 32
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.64 2.65
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 -
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 4.12 - 0.63
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 5.05
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 -
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Subaru Forester Honda CR-V
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.4 6.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- NA
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 410
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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2018 Subaru Forester
  • 2019 Forester all-new and in stock; 2018s still on sale
  • No factory rebate, but dealer discounting possible
  • Lease a 2018 from $219 for 36 months
  • Get 0% APR for 48 months on 2018s
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2018 Honda CR-V
  • 2018 Honda CR-V prices remain high
  • Rebates: $300 in lease cash (LX)
  • Lease: From $259/mo. (LX)
  • Finance: From 1.9% APR (LX)
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