2020 Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester

A dependable SUV, like the Honda CR-V or Subaru Forester, is a versatile option. They’re great for everyone from commuters to families. Which one is right for you, though? To help drivers in Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway decide, Honda of Bay County put them up against each other in this 2020 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester comparison.

Performance Specs

Honda CR-V Performance

The Honda CR-V delivers a smooth, yet capable drive in any conditions. It gives you a choice between front-wheel drive and Real Time All-Wheel Drive with an Intelligent Control System™. Under the hood it runs on a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.

This sporty powertrain can help you bring some extra cargo by towing up to 1,500 pounds. It’s also controlled by an efficient Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Sport Mode. With its quick, precise shifting, the Honda CR-V can get up to an EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG rating for 2WD trims.[i]

The Subaru Forester can also tow up to 1,500 pounds, but it can’t deliver as much power. It runs on a larger 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, but can only get up to 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive comes standard, but it takes away from the Forester model’s fuel economy. It can only get up to an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG.

Passenger & Cargo Room

Both the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester feature seating for up to five people and lots of cargo room. However, the Honda has more room where you need it most. The trunk offers lots of space with 39.2 cubic feet of cargo room. Meanwhile, the interior gives passengers plenty of room to stretch out with 40.4 inches legroom in the back seats.

The Subaru Forester has a smaller trunk with just 35.4 cubic feet of cargo room. It’ll also feel like a tighter squeeze for passengers in the back seat with just 39.4 inches of legroom.


Honda CR-V Style

The Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester are both versatile SUVs that can safely travel through tough weather. Inside, each one offers a choice between cloth or leather seats, as well as amenities like heated seats and a moonroof.

The Honda has a more versatile design, though. Its exterior is completely streamlined. From its sharp grille and aerodynamic accents to its round trunk and dual exhaust, it’s designed to look great on both city streets and country roads.

On the other hand, the Subaru Forester looks at home on a cross country trail, but it’s not really the kind of car you’d use for going out to dinner. It has a square trunk and long, awkward hood.

Test Drive a Midsize SUV

Visit Honda of Bay County to test drive a stylish SUV and learn more about this 2020 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester comparison. The Honda CR-V is a great looking SUV that offers a capable and comfortable ride to drivers and families in Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway.




[i] 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 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.