Will your next set of wheels be a 2-row SUV that elevates your drives around Mt. Laurel, NJ? Then, you're probably considering fan-favorite vehicles like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester.

At Burns Honda, we love what both SUVs offer drivers like you near Cherry Hill and Marlton, but you can only pick one.

So, will you choose the Honda CR-V or Subaru Forester?

To help you decide, we've created this comparison. Give it a read, then give us a call when you know which one you want to drive.

Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester Engine Specs

You deserve an SUV that delivers a drive that's as smooth as butter. With standard continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), both the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester deliver just that with their optimized shift schedules that keep you gracefully and efficiently moving forward.

Should you hit a rough patch, both SUVs have you covered, with their standard or available all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems. These smart drivetrains use sensors to automatically adjust your torque distribution between all four wheels and help you tackle tough terrain.

If you're also looking for an exciting drive, you're in great hands with both the Honda and Subaru. However, you may feel more of a thrill from behind the wheel of the CR-V:


1.5L turbo I-4

2.5L turbo I-4


190 horsepower

182 horsepower


179 lb-ft

179 lb-ft




Not only does the Honda CR-V deliver more horsepower than the Subaru Forester, it also has that turbocharger. This means that the CR-V gives you an extra kick that you're just not as likely to feel from the Forester.

MPG Ratings for the CR-V & Forester

We already mentioned that both the Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V have a CVT that optimizes your shift schedules for maximum efficiency. This obviously works well, since the 2020 Honda CR-V has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 city/32 highway/29 combined MPG with AWD on all trim levels.1 The Subaru Forester also gets a 29 combined MPG, according to EPA estimates.

One of the ways these SUVs stay efficient during city driving is with their standard automatic start/stop systems. These automatically turn off the engine when you're stopped at traffic lights and stop signs for an extended period. When you move your foot off the brake, the engine seamlessly springs back into action.

If you really want to maximize your fuel efficiency, however, you may like that the Honda CR-V has a hybrid version.

The CR-V hybrid model also comes with AWD and delivers a net system horsepower of 212. It also gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 40 city/35 highway/38 combined MPG.2 Unfortunately, the Subaru Forester doesn't have a hybrid version to further improves its fuel economy.

Honda CR-V or Subaru Forester: Which Will You Drive?

After comparing the Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester, the team at Burns Honda found a lot to like about what the CR-V offers.

If this is the SUV you want to drive around Cherry Hill, Mt. Laurel, and Marlton, NJ, let us know and we'll set you up with a test drive.

Contact us to test drive the Honda CR-V today!


128 city/34 highway/30 combined MPG rating across all CR-V 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined MPG rating across all CR-V AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, and other factors. 

240 city/35 highway/38 combined MPG rating for CR-V hybrid trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors. 

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