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Important Details for Buyers wanting to Compare Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V Models

Buyers currently looking at the newcomers on the crossover market are certainly faced with the hard task of having to evaluate lots of great options offered by appreciated auto makers. In what follows, we propose to take a closer look at two of the most powerful competitors on the market and to compare Subaru Forester features and what the 2019 Honda CR-V has to offer.
This year's Forester has undergone a full redesign, while the CR-V comes with changes, important upgrades and additional new features, but it has been essentially the same since 2017.

Trim Levels and Drivetrain

The Honda comes in four trim levels, the base level LX, the EX, the EX-L and the top trim Touring, each of them building on the features offered by the previous trim level. All trims are fitted with a CVT that features a sport mode and an in-line, 4-cylinder engine that comes without a turbocharger and delivers 184 HP only on the entry trim, the turbo versions putting out 190 HP. Real-time AWD with intelligent control system is not part of the standard level of equipment on any of the trims, but is available as an option on all of them. Fuel economy depends on the level of equipment - the two-wheel driven version of the LX delivers 26/32/28 mpg, the other trims in 2WD being rated at 28/34/30, while all-wheel drive variants of LX do 25/31/27, the other trims coming in at 27/33/29.

The 2019 SubaruForester range comprises five trim levels, the base level Forester, the Premium, the Sport, the Limited and the Touring, all of them powerful, dynamic cars that also work great as a family SUV. All five trims share the same, 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder boxer engine of 182 HP and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm and the standard equipment for all trims includes Subaru's revolutionary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a solution that distributes the power to all the wheels, matching it to the driving situation to enhance stability and safety. The special AWD system includes X-Mode on all, except the entry trim, a solution that further optimizes traction and adjusts it to the features of the terrain to be navigated. All trims share the manufacturer's state-of-the-art Lineartronic CVT with 7-speed manual control on the Sport and Touring models. The fuel economy offered by the line-up is rated to 33 mpg in the city and 26 mpg for the road.

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Safety and Comfort

Both SUV models are recognized by professional bodies as being top choices in terms of safety features - both of them have obtained great scores in various tests and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated them both as Top Safety Picks, the Forester being one of only two models that avoided hitting the dummy in the pedestrian detection test. Another feature that makes the Subaru a more attractive choice is that they offer their ample set of special safety components, including the Subaru Eyesight as standard on all the trims, while most components of the similarly complex and sophisticated Honda safety suite are offered as optional on most of the trims in the line-up.

The array of safety components that all new Forester models are equipped with include pre-collision braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. The higher trims get even more safety components and include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and driver distraction mitigation.

The Honda fares better when it comes to active safety features - all CR-V trims come with Vehicle Stability Assist, traction control and brake assist as standard. The line-up's members all come fitted with a multi-angle rear-view camera as part of the standard level of equipment. Lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning and road departure mitigation are standard on most trims, except the entry-level model.

Cabin and Entertainment

While both auto makers strive to make their cabins as comfortable as possible (and they both do an excellent job), the Subaru's 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume compares the Honda's 105.9.

The CR-V has many of the usual and some extra cabin features to offer. Power doors, powered tailgate locks, cruise control, one touch turn indicators and lots of clever storage compartments are standard for all CR-V cabins, the driver seat comes with lots of adjustment options and the standard rear seats fold 60/40. The entry trim is equipped with 5-inch large, color LCD screen, a 160-Watt, 4-speaker audio, replaced by larger, 7-inch screens on higher trims. Bluetooth is standard on all trims, while HondaLink, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard for the three higher trims. The standard equipment of the highest trim, the Touring, includes Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and a 330-Watt, premium audio with 9 speakers and sub-woofer.

The Forester also offers lots of excellent cabin features. Starlink Media is standard on all models (linked to a 6-inch display on the base trim, the Premium and the Sport and to an 8-inch screen on the Touring), the driver's seat is 6-way adjustable on the entry trim and 10-way adjustable on the others, while the rear seats split 60/40 on all trims. Dual, front-row USB ports, smart storage compartments around the cabin and in the cargo area, including under the floor are all standard. Automatic climate control is offered on the three lower trims, the two models at the top of the range being fitted with dual-zone automatic systems.

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A Summary to Make It Easier to Compare Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V Features

Two of the most attractive players on the crossover SUV market are very similar in many respects, yet each of them stands out in certain areas. The advanced all-wheel drive system and the huge array of safety features offered by Subaru is certainly a distinctive feature of the Forester, while the CR-V has a lot to offer in terms of active features. The two line-ups are very similar in terms of performance as well, the final decision after the effort to compare Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V features being probably determined by the nuances offered by the different trims.

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