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Vehicle Comparisons

2018 Honda HR-V vs. Subaru Forester

Honda HR-V

When thinking of dependable SUVs, Honda and Subaru are usually at the top of the list. For years, these automakers have been producing quality SUVs. The Honda HR-V and Subaru Forester are among the best-selling SUVs on the market and either would be a smart car buying choice.  While the SUVs  share some similarities, there are some major differences as well. Decide which car is best meets your needs by checking out our 2018 Honda HR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Forester comparison.

Performance and Versatility

Honda HR-VWhile you’re busy focusing on the road, it’s important to be armed with a vehicle that works hard to conserve fuel. Luckily, the 2018 Honda HR-V helps you steer clear of frequent visits to the gas station with an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and an EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway (1).

On top of that, this tiny titan’s compact exterior makes it easy to maneuver through a crowded city. That’s because its sleek body maxes out at 169.1 inches in length and 63.2 inches in height.

Alternatively, the 2018 Subaru Forester doesn’t quite match the impressive efficiency numbers of its Honda competitor. With an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway, you may find yourself filling up on fuel more often than you’d prefer.

In addition, this SUV’s heftier body could prove to be more difficult to move into a tight parallel parking spot with its 181.5-inch length and 66.4-inch height.

2018 Honda HR-V vs. Subaru Forester: Comfort

Both SUVs have two rows and seat up to five people. The 2018 Honda HR-V offers more legroom in the back row with 39.3 inches, while the Forester provides 38 inches. Taller passengers in the back row will appreciate the extra legroom.

Another highlight of the Honda HR-V is the Magic Seat®. The second-row seats can either fold down flat or flip out to provide you more cargo space.

Thanks to this unique feature, you’ll quickly load up your car with your luggage, camping gear, or anything else you need for your trip. And while the Subaru Forester comes with some versatile tools, they don’t match the handiness of the Magic Seat®.

Technology and Convenience

Honda HR-V interiorWhen you’re stuck in gridlock after a long day of work, there’s nothing better than tuning into your favorite music or entertainment to help yourself relax.

And inside the 2018 Honda HR-V, you’ll access any type of tunes, podcasts, or radio stations you want from the optional 7-inch touchscreen. In addition, this infotainment system comes decked out in a variety of innovative gadgets like SiriusXM®, SMS Text Message Function, Pandora®, and much more.

On the other hand, the 2018 Subaru Forester also features a 7-inch display, but it doesn’t offer up quite the same responsiveness as the screen found inside its Honda counterpart.

Plus, the Subaru Forester doesn’t present you with standard conveniences like Speed-Sensitive Volume Control included in all trims of the Honda HR-V. Unfortunately, that means that you’ll have to manually adjust the volume when you come to a traffic light.

Drive a Honda HR-V today at Mile High Honda

We hope you found our 2018 Honda HR-V vs. Subaru Forester comparison useful in your search for a new SUV. Both are outstanding SUVs, and you’ll want to decide which offers the features most important to you

Mile High Honda services Centennial, Aurora and Denver, CO. To learn more about the cutting-edge features found inside the Honda HR-V, all you have to do is stop by our showroom or schedule your test drive today!


  1. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.


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