With lots of safety features, plenty of cargo room, and capable drivetrains, compact SUVs like the Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V are great choices for getting around the tristate area. Which one is right for you, though? To help drivers near Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown decide, Paul Miller Subaru looks at what each of them have to offer in this Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V comparison.

Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Capability

The 2020 Subaru Forester is built to give you traction in any conditions. With standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, you'll be in control whether you're dealing with snowy streets or a muddy trail. Its Dual-function X-MODE® even lets you adapt to different kinds of terrain with selectable driving modes, like Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud. It's also prepared for driving over big potholes and rocky roads with an 8.7-inch ground clearance.

The Honda CR-V has standard front-wheel drive and a lower 7.8-inch ground clearance. While it offers all-wheel drive and some selectable driving modes, it's not as versatile. The all-wheel drive model only has an 8.2-inch ground clearance.

Both SUVs can tow up to 1,500 pounds. That'll help you bring a utility trailer or some recreational vehicles along for the ride. The Subaru will keep your cargo under control and in line with your SUV with Trailer Stability Assist. The Honda doesn't offer anything to keep your cargo from swaying.

Passenger & Cargo Room

There's seating for five and lots of cargo room inside both SUVs. You'll find more space in the Subaru Forester, though. It features 111.9 cubic feet of passenger room. The Honda CR-V is a little smaller with only 105.9 cubic feet of cargo room.

You're sure to notice a difference behind the wheel, too. The Subaru gives you 41.2 inches of headroom and 43.3 inches of legroom. The Honda CR-V can feel a bit cramped in comparison with 40.1 inches of headroom and 41.3 inches of legroom.

While each vehicle has a large trunk, the Forester offers more cargo, too. With the backseats folded flat, the Subaru gives you a maximum of 76.1 cubic feet of cargo room. The Honda CR-V is slightly smaller again with 75.8 cubic feet of cargo room.


Infotainment System

To make your drive easier and more fun, the Subaru Forester comes with a touchscreen display and lots of smartphone compatibility. You'll be able to stream music with Bluetooth® and make hands-free phone calls. It also gives you easy access to your phone's apps with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

If you're looking for more variety, you can also add SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. A navigation system is also available to help you find the fastest route and get turn by turn directions.

These features are also available on the Honda CR-V, but very few of them come standard. In fact, the base trim only comes with Bluetooth® and a 5-inch LCD monitor.

Forester vs CR-V: Safety Features

To give you peace of mind during all your drives, the 2020 Subaru Forester keeps you safe with seven airbags. The system protects the interior with a pair of front airbags, seat-mounted front side-impact airbags, a driver's knee airbag, and side curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats.

There's also lots of technology to help prevent accidents. For example, the DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System can detect when you're tired or not paying attention and remind you to keep your eyes on the road. While it analyzes how you're driving, EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology watches what's around your SUV with features such as:

  • Pre-collision Braking
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management

The Honda CR-V includes some similar driver-assistance features, but it doesn't have anything like the DriverFocus™ feature. The interior isn't as well protected either with only six airbags.

Test Drive a Compact SUV at Paul Miller Subaru Today

To learn more about this Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V comparison, get in touch with Paul Miller Subaru and take the Forester for a test drive. It offers a safer and more capable drive as well as some extra space for families and drivers near Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown.

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