Subaru Forester Vs. Honda CRVby James B. Jones
Two of the more popular SUVs on the market, the Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V both offer something different to those looking for a new Sports Utility Vehicle. Getting a feel for how they drive, as well as knowing which will save you money both right away and after a few fill-ups, is important towards making the right decision regarding which to buy.
The Subaru Forester is manufactured by Subaru Motor Company, which is a division of Fuji Heavy Industries. The Honda CR-V, obviously, is manufactured by Honda Motor Company, Ltd., which is a multinational corporation that also builds motorcycles, aeroplanes and robots. Yes, robots.
The 2010 Subaru Forester has a highway fuel economy of between 24 and 27 miles per gallon of gas, and a city economy of roughly 20 miles per gallon. The 2009 Honda CR-V has similar gas mileage of 26 to 27 highway miles, and 20 city miles.
The 2010 Subaru Forester has standard all-wheel drive on all models. The Honda CR-V has three different styles, the LX, EX and EX-L. All of these style have the option of having either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The Subaru Forester offers a choice between a 4-speed automatic transmission and a 5-speed manual transmission, both with overdrive functionality. While the Honda CR-V also comes with overdrive-capable transmission, the CR-V only has 5-speed automatic transmission.
The Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V share relatively close Invoice prices with the Forester priced at $19,214 and the Honda CR-V voiced at $19,778. For the bottom-style of each vehicle, the Subaru Forester is cheaper with a Starting MSRP of $20,295 while the Honda CR-V's starting MSRP is $21,245. All prices are as of 2009.