2019 Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V | Adventure Subaru

If you're in the process of finding a new car, there's a good chance you've been overwhelmed with information. From endless specs to online reviews to convincing sales pitches, it can be hard to digest it all. In order to gain a little more clarity, sometimes it's best to focus in on a couple of competing models at a time and break down the differences between the two. Our team here at Adventure Subaru wanted to help you out, so we went ahead and did our homework on a couple of popular compact SUV models.

The 2019 Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V are two of the most sought after small SUVs on the market right now. These vehicles are ideal for small families as well as people who just want to go explore off the beaten path without the added size of a truck or larger SUV. We'll take a closer look at these vehicles below so that you can decide which compact SUV might be best for you.


Before signing on the dotted line for a new vehicle, you have to make sure you actually like the way it looks. It might not seem like the biggest priority, but trust us - you do not want to get stuck driving something you think is ugly or clunky or plain for the next 10 years. Our team loves the design of the upcoming 2019 Subaru Forester, from the boldly adventurous exterior to the alluring interior design. The Subaru had a complete overhaul for 2019, while the 2018 Honda CR-V has remained virtually unchanged. The 2019 Forester abandoned the more boxy aesthetic for a sleeker, more aerodynamic design. The styling of the Honda CR-V is a bit odd, in our opinion, and it just doesn't present much to get excited about.

After this year's rehaul, the upgraded interior of the 2019 Forester is hard to compete with. It's made up of high-quality, soft-touch materials and contrast stitching throughout. It comes standard with automatic climate control, and now the second row even offers available heated seats, A/C vents, and USB ports to bring front-seat comfort to every passenger. Unlike the CR-V, the Forester also has an available power panoramic moonroof.

Winner: 2019 Subaru Forester


Of course, the appearance of your car won't matter much if it can't take you wherever you need to go. You need a vehicle that works with the lifestyle you live, whether you're commuting to work or exploring the mysteries of the Ozarks. This is one area where the 2019 Subaru Forester has a clear advantage over its Honda counterpart. For starters, the CR-V is just not nearly as fun to drive. With standard all-wheel drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance on the 2019 Forester, you can feel more confident about going more places. The durable SUBARU Boxer engine combined with the standard Lineartronic CVT allows the Forester to get up to a fuel-efficient 33 mph, which is more than we can say for the Honda CR-V.

Winner: 2019 Subaru Forester


Safety should always be one of your top priorities when you're shopping for a car, especially when you have family or other loved ones to drive around. You want to feel one hundred percent protected every time you take a seat behind the wheel, and the 2019 Subaru Forester makes that possible. Both the Forester and the CR-V have quite a few safety features, but only one can come out on top.

Both the 2019 Forester and its Honda competition rely on radar technology to get you from place to place. Subaru calls its technology the EyeSight Driver Assist, while Honda calls its version Honda Sensing. This technology monitors the road around you and assists with things like cruise control and collision avoidance. You get something extra with Subaru, though. In addition to EyeSight, you also get the DriverFocus system. DriverFocus acts as a virtual co-pilot to help the driver avoid distracted or drowsy driving. The Forester is the only compact SUV to offer an advanced safety technology system of this kind.

Winner: 2019 Subaru Forester

So, there you have it. We think it's pretty clear which compact SUV is the overall best choice-the 2019 Subaru Forester. With a bold and modern design, impressive performance and all the best safety features, you can always feel great about getting behind the wheel. If you want to check out the Forester in person, stop by and see us at Adventure Subaru in Fayetteville.

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