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2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Honda CR-V vs. 2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Honda CR-V


2021 Subaru Forester


Standard Horsepower

179 lb-ft

Standard Torque

176 lb-ft
Up to 28/34**

EPA-Estimated MPG (City/Highway)

Up to 26/33

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

Not Available

Wireless Phone Charger

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12-Way Power Driver's Seat
w/ 4-Way Power Lumbar Support

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Drivers looking for a crossover SUV may well find themselves comparing 2021 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester, so we’ve matched them across several key factors to help you come to the right decision. Simply read on to see how they measure up when it comes to:

  • Pricing Options
  • Engine and Efficiency Specs
  • Features

CR-V vs. Forester: Pricing Options

Entry-level and top-level 2021 Honda CR-V trims levels include:

  • 2021 Honda CR-V LX FWD: Priced at $25,350 MSRP*
  • 2021 Honda CR-V Touring FWD: Priced at $33,650 MSRP*

Entry-level and top-level 2021 Subaru Forester trims levels include:

  • 2021 Subaru Forester Standard: Priced at $24,795 MSRP
  • 2021 Subaru Forester Touring: Priced at $34,895 MSRP

The Subaru Forester starts lower when you look at standard models, but work your way up to the more well-fitted trims and the Honda CR-V will start making much better sense.

CR-V vs. Forester: Engine and Efficiency Specs

Most drivers would probably expect the Subaru Forester to offer stronger performance than the Honda CR-V – after all, it’s capability that Subaru built its reputation on. However, compare standard engines and you’ll find the Honda offers higher engine specs while returning superior efficiency ratings:

  • Honda CR-V Power: Makes up to 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque.
  • Subaru Forester Power: Makes up to 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque.
  • Honda CR-V Efficiency: Makes up to an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with the LX CVT**
  • Subaru Forester Efficiency: Makes up to an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway as standard.

CR-V vs. Forester: Features

You’ll find a wide range of premium features fitted with both vehicles, but there are still a fair few popular amenities that are only available with the CR-V, including:

  • 12-Way Power Driver’s Seat with 4-Way Power Lumbar Support
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC)
  • Wireless Phone Charger

Why Not Take the Honda CR-V Out for a Test Drive by Visiting Auburn Honda?

You’ll find the latest Honda lineup available now from our Auburn, CA showroom. To find out more or arrange a test drive, feel free to get in touch today.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge, options and accessories. Dealers set own prices.

**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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