2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Forester

If you are thinking about getting a crossover, then you have a lot of options to compare. Luckily we have done a lot of the work for you and compared the 2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Forester so that you can decide which fully-featured crossover is right for you.

In an effort to put both of these vehicles on a level playing field, we will be using the EX AWD trim for the Honda CR-V and the 2.5i Premium trim for the Subaru Forester. You can see how both of these models look side by side in our comparison image. If you would like to view our new 2017 Honda CR-V inventory in Clifton at Garden State Honda, then you can click the link below, otherwise continue reading to see how these two crossovers compare.

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2017 Honda CR-V AWD EX VS 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium
27 City / 33 Highway* Fuel Economy 22 City / 28 Highway
190 Horsepower 170
Yes All-Wheel Drive Yes
Continuously Variable Transmission Manual

How does the 2017 Honda CR-V EX AWD compare?

Both of these crossovers feature all-wheel drive configurations, but it is worth mentioning that the Forester is only available in an all-wheel drive configuration whereas the CR-V offers both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive at every trim level. This allows you to decide for yourself if you want to prioritize fuel economy or capability. Even with the all-wheel drive configuration, the 2017 Honda CR-V EX AWD still manages to push ahead of the Forester with 27 city mpg and 33 highway mpg according to EPA estimates.*

The large disparity in EPA estimated mpg values may stem from the difference in transmissions. The 2017 Honda CR-V EX AWD uses a continuously variable transmission, or CVT. This transmission allows this particular Honda vehicle to adjust the engine to wheel ratio on the fly without changing gears. The Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium comes with a manual transmission standard. That means shifting through six speeds yourself and getting less fuel economy at the same time.

This particular Forester can be upgraded to an optional CVT, but even then, it still only manages to achieve 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. All this means that you still get more power and more EPA estimated fuel economy with the 2017 Honda CR-V EX AWD while also having the added convenience of not needing to shift through gears manually.

*26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX models. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX models. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L & Touring models. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L & Touring models. Based on 2017 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.

2017 Honda CR-V interior view with tan seats
2017 Honda CR-V dash and steering wheel
2017 Honda CR-V interior view with black seats
2017 Honda CR-V red exterior side view

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