Subaru Forester® vs. Honda CR-V Comparison

Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V Comparison

A Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester are two practical SUVs in the same segment, but you'll find many differences between them. From enhanced all-terrain capabilities to a more spacious interior and extra agility, the Subaru Forester offers many benefits over the Honda CR-V.

Read on, see how the 2022 Subaru Forester compares to the 2022 Honda CR-V, and visit our Subaru dealership today for a test drive.

Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester® Dimensions

When you buy a New Subaru Forester, interior room doesn’t sacrifice agility. The Forester is 1.5-inches narrower than the CR-V and only 0.6-inches longer.

The 2022 Subaru Forester offers 111.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the 2022 Honda CR-V offers up to 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. You'll feel this where it counts:

2022 Subaru Forester®:

  • Up to 41.2 inches front headroom
  • Up to 39.6-inches rear headroom
  • Up to 43.3-inches front legroom
  • Up to 39.4-inches rear legroom

2022 Honda CR-V:

  • Up to 40.1 inches front headroom
  • Up to 39.2-inches rear headroom
  • Up to 41.3-inches front legroom
  • Up to 40.4-inches rear legroom

The Forester vs. CR-V spaciousness shows that the 2022 Subaru Forester offers up to 57.2-inches of rear shoulder room, while the CR-V limits rear occupants to 55.6-inches of shoulder room.

2022 Subaru Forester®

2022 Honda CR-V

# of Passengers: 5 # of Passengers: 5
Length: 182.7 inches Length: 182.1 inches
Width: 71.5 inches Width: 73 inches
Height: 67.5 inches Height: 66.1 inches
Interior Passenger Volume: 111.6 cu. ft. Interior Passenger Volume: 105.9 cu. ft.
Headroom Front/Rear 41.2 / 39.6 inches Headroom Front/Rear 40.1 / 39.2 inches

Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester® Specs

When you compare Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester SUVs across their specs, the Forester is your top choice when it comes to versatile capabilities. This comparison begins with all-wheel drive (AWD); it comes standard on every 2022 Subaru Forester, while it's a four-figure upgrade on a 2022 Honda CR-V. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive will help you get through every weather and terrain condition with full confidence, and available Subaru X-MODE® kicks it up a notch.

With up to 9.2-inches of ground clearance, a 2022 Subaru Forester opens up a new world of adventuring possibilities. If you go off-road to compare a Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V, you'll find that the CR-V only offers up to 8.2-inches of ground clearance and lacks Forester features like available skid plates.

With up to an EPA estimated 26 mpg city / 33 mpg highway1, the 2022 Subaru Forester continues to be competitive, as an AWD-equipped 2022 Honda CR-V offers up to an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city / 32 mpg highway1. The 2022 Subaru Forester provides up to 16.6 gallons of fuel capacity, and the 2022 Honda CR-V only offers up to 14.0 gallons of fuel capacity; your adventures last longer with a Forester.

If a small camper is desired on those adventures, the Subaru Forester towing capacity of up to 3,000 lbs. when properly equipped will accommodate, and is double the Honda CR-V maximum towing capacity of 1,500 lbs.

2022 Subaru Forester® 2022 Honda CR-V
Price $25,195 $25,750
Engine 2.5L 4cyl 1.5L Turbo 4cyl
Horsepower 182-hp @ 5,800 rpm 190-hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque 176 lb-ft 179 lb-ft
All-Wheel Drive Standard Available
AWD Mpg (highway/city) 33 / 26 32 / 27
Max. cargo capacity 74.2 cu. ft. 75.8 cu. ft.
Max. towing capacity Up to 3,000 lbs. 1,500 lbs.
Ground Clearance Up to 9.2 inches Up to 8.2 inches

Subaru Forester® vs. Honda CR-V Reliability

Did you know that 96% of Subaru vehicles that were sold in the previous 10 model years are still driving today?2 According to the 2021 American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey, Subaru is the top-rated brand for dependability3. When it comes to Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester SUVs, you'll find a whole list of accolades regarding the reliability of Subaru vehicles.

Discover the 2022 Subaru Forester® Today

From competitive standard safety features like EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology to comfort features like a panoramic moonroof, there's a lot to love in every 2022 Subaru Forester model. Visit Patriot Subaru of Saco today, and we'll help you discover it all with a tour and test drive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Subaru Forester® larger than the Honda CR-V?

In some dimensions, the 2022 Subaru Forester is larger than the 2022 Honda CR-V. In others, though, the Honda CR-V is larger. Specifically, the Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester size comparison shows that the CR-V is 1.5-inches wider. But, the Forester is 0.6-inches longer and up to 1.4-inches taller. When you compare interior dimensions, the Forester is larger, with up to 5.7 cubic feet more passenger volume.

Which is quieter, CR-V or Forester?

When it comes to Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester noise levels on the inside, we do not have any third-party decibel readings to report. Both are quiet and smooth rides, though, and you'll find a comfortable, spacious, and capable SUV when you choose a 2022 Subaru Forester.

How does Honda CR-V compare to Subaru Forester?

Comparing Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester SUVs shows that the Forester is favorable across many aspects of your daily drive. The 2022 Subaru Forester offers more interior space, front and rear headroom, front legroom, rear shoulder room, and added value thanks to standard all-wheel drive (the 2022 Honda CR-V charges extra for it). You'll find a versatile companion when you choose a Forester with up to 9.2-inches of ground clearance.


1EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with driving conditions and your vehicle's condition.

2Based on Experian Automotive Non-Luxury vehicles in operation vs. total new registrations for MY2011-2020 as of December 2020.

32021 American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey of customers' rating the performance of their own automobiles.

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