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2017 Subaru Forester vs. 2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Subaru Forester vs 2017 Honda CR-V

Picking out the right crossover can be difficult for even the savviest of automotive enthusiasts. The competitive segment has resulted in a strong lineup across the board, making it a tough decision no matter what models you're comparing. The 2017 Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V have proven themselves to be incredibly close competitors. When it comes down to the details, however, the Forester manages to pull out a win.

Price

The new Honda CR-V boasts one of the highest starting prices in the entire crossover segment, making it an easy win for the Subaru Forester. While the CR-V starts at just over $24,000, the Forester comes in at $22,595 with standard all-wheel drive, giving it an early lead.

Technology

There's no clear winner when it comes to technology. Both models offer a variety of infotainment and comfort technologies that nearly match one another.

The Subaru Forester brings a four-speaker sound system and the Starlink infotainment system. That system includes smartphone connectivity and a 6.2-inch touchscreen as well as Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port. An available Harman Kardon eight-speaker sound system offers an upgrade to entertainment value.

The Honda CR-V brings a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, and four-speaker audio system. Available features include an upgraded seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Performance

Keeping pace with the Subaru Forester proves to be difficult for most competitors year after year and the Honda CR-V is no exception. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 170 hp. An available 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers a heart-pounding 250 hp. All-wheel drive comes standard across the board.

The Honda CR-V brings a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 hp while a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine brings 190 hp to the road. An all-wheel drive system will cost extra.

The crossover segment can be particularly competitive given that it's one of the fastest growing in the industry. Fortunately, the Subaru Forester has managed to prove itself the top dog year after year. While the Honda CR-V offers plenty to compare, it doesn't quite stand up to the mind of the new Forester.


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