Subaru Forester Vs. Honda CRV

by 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.

Manufacturers

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.

Gas Mileage

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.

FWD/AWD

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.

Transmissions

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.

Price

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.

About the Author

James B. Jones, a former United States Army M.P., has been a full-time writer in the fields of consumer electronics and video games since 2006. Walker has had his articles published on several gaming and technology websites, and has made frequent appearances on All Games Radio.