2019 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Subaru Forester 

2019 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Subaru Forester

If you’re looking for a family-friendly compact crossover to streamline your day-to-day activities, the 2019 Honda CR-V should be a top consideration. The popular Honda SUV is an ideal pick for any family on the go with its generous space accommodations, tech-savvy interior and lineup of efficient powertrains. Today, we'll put this model to the test when we pit it against another one of the segment’s top competitors in this comparison of the 2019 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Subaru Forester.

The 2019 Honda CR-V lineup features 4 trim levels to choose from – LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. The 2019 Subaru Forester is sold in five trims – base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring. Whether you opt for the dependable CR-V or the quirky Forester, you can expect seating for up to 5 passengers.

2019 Honda CR-V 


2019 Subaru Forester

$24,450* Starting MSRP  $24,295
2.4-Liter 4-Cylinder (184 hp) Standard Engine 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder (182 hp)
26 city / 32 highway** Fuel Economy 26 city / 33 highway
39.2 cubic feet Cargo Volume 35.4 cubic feet

Comparing the Power and Efficiency of the 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Subaru Forester 

The 2019 Honda CR-V’s lineup features two engines to choose from. On base-level LX models, we see a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. All other 2019 Honda CR-V models are upgraded to a 1.5-liter turbo. Both front- and all-wheel-drive models can be had with either engine.

2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder

  • 184 horsepower, 180 lb-ft of torque
  • 26 city / 32 highway** (FWD), 25 city / 31 highway** (AWD)
  • continuously variable transmission (CVT)

1.5-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder

  • 190 horsepower, 179 lb-ft of torque
  • 28 city / 34 highway** (FWD), 27 city / 33 highway** (AWD)
  • continuously variable transmission (CVT)

On the 2019 Subaru Forester, a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder comes about even with the base engine on the Honda SUV. Unlike the CR-V, the Forester stick with this one engine option across the entire lineup. All-wheel drive is standard on all Forester models.

2.5-liter flat 4-cylinder engine

  • 182 horsepower, 176 lb-ft of torque
  • 26 city / 33 highway
  • 7-speed automatic transmission

* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

** 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. Based on 2019 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.

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