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2016 Honda CR-V vs 2016 Subaru Forester

2016 Honda CR-V LX 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i
2.4-litre, 4-cylinder Engine 2.5-litre 4-cylinder
185 horsepower / 181 lb.-ft. of torque Power Ratings 170 horsepower / 174 lb.-ft. of torque
9.5 city / 7.5 highway (AWD models)* Standard Fuel Economy (L/100 km) 10.6 City / 8.4 highway
680 kg Towing Capacity 680 kg

2016 Honda CR-V vs 2016 Subaru Forester

If you’re one of the many people looking for a new car, you may have a tough time choosing the right model for your needs. Even specific vehicle categories, like the compact SUV segment, have so many choices that it can be difficult to pick one. When it comes to compact SUVs two of the biggest competitors in the segment are the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. Both models have a lot of versatile space, offer impressive performance, and achieve high fuel economy ratings, all of which has allowed each vehicle to surpass the rest of the competition.

As for the newest CR-V and Forester models, which one is the best choice? We’ll take a look at the 2016 Honda CR-V vs 2016 Subaru Forester to help you understand just how these two vehicles compare. Not surprisingly, these two SUVs are actually incredibly similar. Both have roomy interiors with seating for 5 passengers, and versatile space due to the folding rear seats. The Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester can each tow up to 680 kg and both have a lot of great available features like driver assistance technology.

Differences Between the 2016 Honda CR-V and 2016 Subaru Forester

2016 Honda CR-V interior seating and features

Though the 2016 Honda CR-V and 2016 Subaru Forester are quite similar, there are a few areas where they differ. If we compare the base engine of each SUV, we can see the Honda CR-V has both higher horsepower and higher torque than the Subaru Forester. Of course, someone looking for more power can spring for other engine option available for the Forester, but that will require paying for one of the more costly higher trim levels.

Every trim level of the Honda CR-V has a standard Continuously Variable Transmission, while the Subaru Forester has a standard manual transmission on its base 2.5i trim. If we compare the fuel economy ratings for these standard transmissions, the CR-V is much more efficient than the Forester. Choosing the Forester’s available CVT will allow you to hit fuel economy ratings more comparable to the CR-V.

Since the 2016 Honda CR-V and 2016 Subaru Forester are so similar, you may still be on the fence about which SUV is right for you. If that’s the case, test driving each vehicle will allow you to not only see how they handle on the road, but also learn more about each model’s equipment and technology. If you would like to learn more about the 2016 Honda CR-V, you can find it right here at Wheaton Honda. For more information about the CR-V compact SUV, feel free to reach out to our helpful staff here at our Edmonton dealership.


*Estimated fuel economy based on Government of Canada’s 5-cycle testing method. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors – use for comparison only.

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