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2020 Honda CR-V Vs. 2020 Subaru Forester Comparison

2020 Honda CR-V vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

$25,150 MSRP*


$24,495 MSRP
190 hp


182 hp
179 lb-ft of torque


176 lb-ft of torque
28 city mpg/34 hwy mpg**

MPG Highway

26 city mpg/33 hwy mpg
39.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space

31.1 cubic feet

The 2020 Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester are capable and fun-to-drive compact SUVs, and either could be a great choice to upgrade your Denver-area driving experience. While both offer a similar range of standard features, the Honda model provides more spirited performance, better fuel economy, and more cargo space at a more affordable starting price. Find out which SUV is the right pick for you in this 2020 Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester from Fisher Honda, and then schedule a test drive at our dealership in Boulder today!

Forester or CR-V: Starting Price

One of the first things that Arvada drivers will look at when shopping for a new SUV is the sticker price. The entry-level Honda CR-V LX 2WD with CVT has a starting MSRP of $25,150*, while the base-model Subaru Forester with CVT starts with an MSRP of $24,495. Both SUVs offer four unique trim levels, and even though the introductory CR-V LX is slightly higher in price than the corresponding Forester model, the top-of-the-line CR-V Touring model has a starting MSRP of $33,350* compared to the $34,595 MSRP of the range-topping Forester configuration.

Forester or CR-V: MPG and Performance

When considering the Forester or CR-V, you’ll also want to know which delivers more powerful and efficient performance on Lakewood area roads. Although the Forester comes with a larger engine, the new Honda CR-V has stronger overall performance specs while providing better fuel economy. Review the specs for both models below:


  • 1.5L 4-cylinder engine
  • 190 hp
  • 179 lb-ft of torque
  • CVT transmission
  • 28 city mpg/34 hwy mpg**

Subaru Forester

  • 2.5L engine
  • 182 hp
  • 176 lb-ft of torque
  • CVT transmission
  • 26 city mpg/33 hwy mpg

Forester or CR-V: Interior Dimensions

The appeal of an SUV is its roomy and versatile cabin space. With either the Forester or CR-V, you’ll have enough room to seat up to 5 passengers. However, the Honda SUV comes with 39.2 cubic feet of available cargo space to store and protect your belongings, while you’ll only have 31.1 cubic feet of cargo room in the Forester. The flexibility of the CR-V interior is largely due to its 60/40 split folding rear seats, which allow you to configure the cabin space to accommodate all of the sports gear or camping equipment you need for your next adventure to Rainbow Lakes.

Test Drive the 2020 Honda CR-V Today at Fisher Honda

Now that you’ve reviewed our Honda CR-V vs. Subaru Forester comparison, see how this Honda SUV matches up against other competitors like the Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5. Then, explore the 2020 CR-V safety ratings. Here at Fisher Honda, you’ll find the full lineup of new CR-V models in stock, and with our current CR-V lease specials, you’re sure to find the budget-friendly deal you’ve been searching for. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or would like more information.

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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

**28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 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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