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Vehicle Comparisons:
2016 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester

The 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Subaru Forester are two small SUVs topping the must-research lists of Denver, Centennial, and Aurora area utility vehicle seekers. Capable engines, impressive efficiencies, and all-road travel aptitudes make these compact SUV superstars fitting rides for individuals and families traveling the Mile High City and its many exciting destinations.

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2016 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester: Engine Performance

Though the CR-V’s engine manages to make a bit more horsepower than the Forester’s (185 horsepower vs. 170 horsepower), base models of the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Subaru Forester are both ruled by four-cylinder engines that provide enough punch for everyday driving.

Each of these 2016 compact models is a highly fuel-efficient machine that takes shifting to new heights with available continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). The CR-V’s standard automatic (CVT) transmission provides smooth shifts over dips and hills, perfect for Mile High City exploration. The Forester’s base transmission is still a six-speed manual that gets bumped up to a CVT on body styles above the starting trim.

Road Trip Friendly Interiors

Get set up in the driver’s seat of either of these SUVs and you’ll find that there’s nothing compact about them. Honda and Subaru both did a great job of outfitting their respective cabin interiors in cozy, upscale materials while also providing passengers with enough room to sit comfortably in any seat.

How do these well-packed SUVs rate in respect to road trip–worthy entertainment on board? Each model integrates a rearview camera for added visibility, Bluetooth on-the-go calling, and a USB connection to take your favorite playlists wherever you travel. The 2016 Honda CR-V ups the safe entertainment ante with a hands-free text messaging system and Pandora internet radio streaming standard on the base model.

The 2016 Honda CR-V’s improved sound insulation creates an extra hushed and peaceful environment that seals in blissful tunes and conversations while blocking out any noise from under hood.

What’s in the trunk? The appropriate question might have to be what’s not in the trunk if you pick either of these cavernous compacts, each of which offers over 70 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats folded.

The Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester: At the Forefront of Safety

The 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Subaru Forester excel as dependable and secure rides for you and your loved ones.

Daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring systems, and advanced core constructions are just a few of the ways in which these two small SUVs protect you and your passengers in big ways. In the CR-V, an available suite of Honda sensing technology goes above and beyond when it comes to safe travels.

2016 CR-V vs. 2016 Forester: Final Thoughts

The Honda CR-V’s impressive powertrain and generous standard tech features give it a versatility boost to match its exceptional ride quality that isn’t found in the 2016 Subaru Forester or, really, any other SUV on the market. And it shows: The Honda CR-V was even named US News & World Report’s 2016 Best Compact SUV for Families*.

Craving a test drive of the 2016 CR-V for yourself? Denver, Centennial, and Aurora area drivers can schedule theirs today with Mile High Honda!

Not quite ready to get behind the wheel? Download our free eBook 6 Steps to Buying a New Honda for guidance on the final stretch of your CR-V search, including how to select the right trim, what to look for during your test drive, and how to evaluate your prospective financing options. We look forward to seeing you soon!


*U.S. News1 has recognized the 2016 CR-V and Odyssey as the Best Cars for Families in their classes. Both vehicles were recognized for their expansive standard features, spacious interiors, and safety and reliability ratings.

[1] View U.S. News Best Cars at www.usnews.com/cars.

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