Compact SUV Wars, Honda CR-V Vs Subaru Forester
The 2019 Honda CR-V is the hottest vehicle in the brand’s stable but how does it compare with the popular Subaru Forester SUV? American Honda has delivered 254,835 of their most popular vehicle through August 2019. Subaru of America has sold 118,026 Forester SUVs so far this year. That’s 136,809 more compact CR-V SUVs delivered to customers or more than double Forester sales. Is the CR-V that much better?
According to Car and Driver, they picked the 2019 Honda CR-V over the Forester because it has “more power and is satisfying to operate.” Subaru Corporation chose to drop the 2.0-liter turbo Boxer in favor of having one engine, the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Boxer four-cylinder with 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque in the next generation 2019 Forester. We think it was a mistake and the brand needs to bring it back.
2019 Honda CR-V
The 2019 Honda CR-V upper trims come fitted with a 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC four-cylinder engine producing 190-horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. That’s not a lot of difference but the CR-V’s turbo engine will deliver more power especially at altitude.
The one advantage the 2019 Subaru Forester has over the Honda CR-V is its ground clearance. Forester comes with 8.7-inches and CR-V has 7.8-inches. This is Subaru’s calling card and how they appeal to those using the vehicle for off-pavement adventures. But that is not important to the majority of CR-V buyers who are a bit older and looking for other things in a small SUV.
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2019 Subaru Forester
According to J.D. Power, CR-V buyers avoid vehicles they think will have high maintenance costs, and quality of workmanship and reliability are the first considerations when choosing a new vehicle. The Forester is also reliable, but Honda has a strong reputation for reliability.
Honda has produced one of the best-selling crossover SUVs, the popular CR-V for almost 20 years and the compact SUV delivers the right blend of utility, value, and dependability for consumers.
It seems to be clear who the overall compact SUV winner is between the 2019 Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. With more than double the sales over Forester, CR-V buyers are voting with their pocketbooks.
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