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Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester

Crossover shoppers have a long list of expectations for these do-it-all vehicles, including spacious interiors, powerful performance, and a long list of technology features for entertainment and convenience. Few vehicles deliver more than the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Subaru Forester, but which is the right choice for you?

Drivers in Denver, Centennial, and Aurora can find out the key differences between the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester with our vehicle comparison.

Comparing Crossover Cabins

2018 Honda CR-VInside, the 2018 CR-V and the 2018 Forester each have a sleek and stylish cabin with high-quality materials and a variety of features. 60/40-split folding rear seats, power-adjustable seating, and upscale luxuries like leather upholstery are available for both, but there are some important differences to consider.

If you’re looking to haul a lot of stuff, the Honda CR-V may be the better choice for you. While both vehicles have spacious interiors with folding seats to expand the available cargo space, the CR-V offers 39.2 cubic feet behind the second row and a grand total of 75.8 cubic feet of total cargo volume. It also includes an additional cargo area beneath the cargo floor, which significantly increases not only the total space but also the versatility.

The Subaru Forester only offers 34.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, and a total cargo volume of 74.7 cubic feet with the seats folded. There’s a 1-button mechanism to fold the seats easily, but it lacks any additional options for configuring the space or storing extra cargo.

Drive with Confidence

2018 Honda CR-VThe 2018 Honda CR-V is available with a 184-horsepower 2.4L inline-4 engine or a 190-horsepower 1.5L turbo-4 engine, both of which are mated to a continuously variable transmission. All models are available with front- or all-wheel drive.

The Subaru Forester is available with a 170-horsepower 2.5L flat-4 engine or a 250-horsepower 2.0L turbo-4 engine. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, though a continuously variable transmission is available.

Both vehicles are powerful and quick, but the CR-V is smoother and more agile, readily tackling the turns with remarkable composure and lightness.


The 2018 Honda CR-V is incredibly well-equipped, even at base level. Its Honda Sensing® suite of safety technology is some of the highest rated on the market, and there are plenty of entertainment and convenience features, like Bluetooth® connectivity and dual-zone climate control, to improve the experience. The CR-V also offers its highly intuitive touchscreen infotainment system, which boasts crisp graphics, incredible usability, and the compatibility to sync with modern devices.

Though the Subaru Forester offers some of these features, it’s bare bones at the lower trim levels. Getting features like advanced infotainment or dual-zone climate control requires a jump to the highest trim levels.

Take the 2018 Honda CR-V for a Spin

The Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester have many of the amenities that crossover shoppers are looking for, but if comfort, technology, and power are important to you, you’re better off with the 2018 Honda CR-V.

Drivers in Denver, Centennial, and Aurora can experience the 2018 Honda CR-V for themselves by visiting Mile High Honda. Contact us online today to schedule your test drive!

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