Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Subaru Forester VS 2015 Honda CR-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Subaru Forester

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2015 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

The Forester has standard Anti-Whiplash Seats, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Anti-Whiplash Seats system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Forester. But it costs extra on the CR‑V.

Both the Forester and the CR‑V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Subaru Forester 2.5i’s reliability will be 26% better than the CR‑V.

Engine Comparison

The Forester 2.0XT’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 65 more horsepower (250 vs. 185) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Forester 2.0XT is faster than the Honda CR‑V (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

8.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

14.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.9 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.8 MPH

86 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the Forester lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability without compromising ground clearance. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Forester 2.0XT’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR‑V:

Forester 2.0XT



Front Rotors

12.4 inches

11.7 inches

11.8 inches

The Forester 2.0XT’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CR‑V are solid, not vented.

The Forester stops much shorter than the CR‑V:



70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Forester has larger tires than the CR‑V (225/60R17 vs. 215/70R16).

The Forester 2.5i’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR‑V LX’s standard 70 series tires. The Forester 2.5i Touring/2.0XT’s tires have a lower 55 series profile than the CR‑V Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Forester 2.5i has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CR‑V LX.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Forester 2.5i Touring handles at .78 G’s, while the CR‑V Touring AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Forester 2.0XT Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CR‑V Touring AWD (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Forester’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the CR‑V AWD’s (34.4 feet vs. 36.9 feet). The Forester’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the CR‑V’s (34.4 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Forester has 4.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CR‑V (108.3 vs. 104.1).

The Forester has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR‑V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Forester has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the CR‑V with its rear seat folded (74.7 vs. 70.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Forester Auto offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Forester’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR‑V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Forester offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR‑V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Forester offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Forester will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Forester will retain 61.31% to 63.86% of its original price after five years, while the CR‑V only retains 52.82% to 54.79%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Subaru Forester will be $296 to $1034 less than for the Honda CR‑V.

Recommendations Comparison

The Subaru Forester has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick


Kiplinger’s Awards



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