2020 Subaru Forester VS 2020 Honda CR-V Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Just about every family can benefit from a newer, bigger, safer and more modern SUV -- but for life in the Rocky Mountains, it takes something extra special. You want all-weather confidence and all-terrain agility. You also want something that's built to last, built to protect and built to give you more value than the competition. That's where Subaru excels. With standard all-wheel drive and cutting-edge safety technology, the 2020 Subaru Forester is the best small SUV for Salt Lake City families.

Subaru Forester Sport

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Honda CR-V: Size & Design

With an extra six cubic feet of passenger space, the 2020 Subaru Forester provides more headroom throughout the cabin and an extra 2" of front seat legroom compared to the 2020 Honda CR-V, so there's even more room for taller passengers to get comfortable in the Subaru SUV. And when it comes to cargo volume, the 2020 Subaru Forester is the winner here, too. When you fold down the rear seats, the 2020 Subaru Forester provides greater maximum cargo space with standard cargo tie-down hooks to secure items safely.

On the exterior, the 2020 Subaru Forester even comes standard with LED headlights, which look better and don't require replacement bulbs like the ordinary halogen headlights on the 2020 Honda CR-V. More ground clearance than the Honda CR-V also makes the Subaru Forester more versatile on uneven terrain. And if you're looking for a more youthful style from your next family SUV, the available Subaru Forester Sport trim level adds matte black alloy wheels, a black grille and orange exterior accents for a rugged look that the 2020 Honda CR-V just can't give you.


Subaru Forester Apple CarPlay

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Honda CR-V: Technology & Multimedia

Every 2020 Subaru Forester is equipped with a touchscreen multimedia system complete with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® for your smartphone -- but not the 2020 Honda CR-V. The entry-level Honda CR-V LX comes with a static display and smartphone pairing through Bluetooth® only. That means the 2020 Subaru Forester makes it easier to stay connected, stream audio from your phone and more!

And when you upgrade to the available premium audio system, the one in the Subaru Forester is more powerful. While you can get a 9-speaker audio system with 330 watts of power in the 2020 Honda CR-V, the 2020 Subaru Forester offers an available 9-speaker audio system with 576 watts of sonic power and clarity by Harman Kardon® for an even-more-premium sound.

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2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Honda CR-V: Performance

While all-wheel drive is an added-cost option on the 2020 Honda CR-V, every 2020 Subaru Forester comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. That means you don't have to pay extra for extra confidence and capability in winter weather. All-wheel drive ensures you've always got grip, even when the road is coated with ice and snow. And with available X-MORE® technology and Hill Descent Control, the 2020 Subaru Forester gets dedicated modes for ice and snow, giving you even more control. Hill Descent Control isn't available on the 2020 Honda CR-V.


Subaru Forester In The Park

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Honda CR-V: Safety

While the 2020 Honda CR-V is impressively safe in its own right, it can't quite keep up with the 2020 Subaru Forester, which just might be the safest vehicle in its class in the event of an accident! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it their most exclusive safety honor, dubbing the 2020 Subaru Forester a 2020 Top Safety Pick+. The 2020 Honda CR-V only earned the less-stringent 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.

The crash-test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a similar result. While both cars earned five-star overall safety ratings, the 2020 Honda CR-V only got four stars in the frontal passenger side crash test. The 2020 Subaru Forester got five-stars in that and every NHTSA crash test!


Subaru Forester Fog Lights

2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Honda CR-V: Driver Assistance

At the entry level, both models go above and beyond to protect you with standard driver assist technology. On the 2020 Subaru Forester, Subaru EyeSight® comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. Similar features also come standard on the 2020 Honda CR-V.

However, the 2020 Subaru Forester offers optional safety upgrades you can't get on the CR-V! For instance, only the 2020 Subaru Forester has an optional driver attention monitor. Subaru DriverFocus™ can detect a drowsy or distracted driver and provide an alert so the driver can get their attention back on the road where it belongs. And with available reverse automatic braking on the Subaru Forester, you just might avoid that fender-bender when backing up in a busy parking lot. Reverse automatic braking isn't available at all on the 2020 Honda CR-V.

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Why Subaru Is The Right Choice For Life In Salt Lake City:

With a starting MSRP of $24,495, the 2020 Subaru Forester is not only better equipped than its Honda rival, it costs a little les, too! It's the more affordable choice when you consider that, after you add features like all-wheel drive to the Honda, the 2020 Honda CR-V with similar capability will cost thousands more than a new Forester. So, get the most bang for your buck at Nate Wade Subaru. We invite you to come test drive a new 2020 Subaru Forester today.

2020 Subaru Forester2020 Honda CR-V
$24,495Starting MSRP*$25,050
111.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space105.9 Cubic Feet
Standard All-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
33 Highway - 26 CityFuel Economy (MPG)34 Highway - 28 City (FWD Model)
1,500 Pounds Standard Towing Capacity1,500 Pounds 
182 Horsepower190
StandardTouchscreen InfotainmentAvailable Upgrade
76.1 Cubic FeetMax Interior Cargo Volume75.8 Cubic Feet
StandardLED HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
StandardUSB Charging PortsAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.