Honda CR-V vs. The Competition

2023 Honda CR-V

Explore our new CR-V inventory to find the model that will best suit your needs, and don;t forget to take a look at our CR-V lease specials which can make this affordable compact SUV even more budget-friendly for Longmont-area drivers. Please contact us if you have any questions, or would like to schedule a test drive in Boulder today.

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 Louisville-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 Broomfield 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 Longmont 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:

Honda CR-V FWD LX

  • 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.

*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.

Shopping for a compact crossover SUV? This 2020 Honda CR-V vs. 2020 Nissan Rogue comparison from Fisher Honda will come in handy. While both vehicles deliver dependable performance at a comparable price, there are some key differences in engine output, cargo space, and towing capacity that you should consider before deciding which one is the better choice to upgrade your Louisville-area driving experience. Learn more in this CR-V vs. Rogue matchup.

Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue: MSRP

One of the first things any driver wants to take into consideration is their budget, and when you opt for the 2020 Honda CR-V price you can expect to save more over the 2020 Nissan Rogue starting price. When it comes to trim levels you’ll have four unique options to suit your needs, while you’ll have one less option available in the Nissan Rogue lineup. Check out the starting prices for both base trim level models below:

  • 2020 Honda CR-V LX 2WD CVT: Starts at $25,050*
  • 2020 Nissan Rogue S FWD: Starts at $25,300

Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue: Performance

A durable performance near and far can truly elevate your ride, and while Nissan Rogue offers a slightly larger engine configuration over the Honda CR-V, you can expect a more powerful performance from the CR-V. See how the base engines for the Rogue and CR-V compare:

2020 Honda CR-V LX 2WD CVT:

  • Base engine: 2.4L 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 184 hp
  • Torque:180 lb-ft

2020 Nissan Rogue S FWD:

  • Base engine: 2.5L 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 170 hp
  • Torque: 175 lb-ft

Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue: Cargo & Towing Capacities

Interior room and towing power can also provide all the versatility you need to take on anything. That’s why in the Honda CR-V you’ll have additional cargo room for normal errands, or help you take on tougher jobs. You can also create the interior space you need thanks to a 60-40 split folding bench in the CR-V which isn’t available with the Rogue. Check out the CR-V and Rogue cargo and towing capacities below:

2020 Honda CR-V LX 2WD CVT:

  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 75.8 cubic feet
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 1,500 pounds

2020 Nissan Rogue S FWD:

  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 70.0 cubic feet
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 1,102 pounds

Test Drive the Honda CR-V at Fisher Honda

Continue your research by seeing how the CR-V matches up against other competing crossovers like the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester. You can also compare the CR-V LX vs. EX to see which trim is best suited to your Longmont driving needs. If you have any questions about the CR-V safety ratings or our current CR-V lease deals, please feel free to contact us.

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

The 2020 Honda CR-V and 2020 Mazda CX-5 are popular choices for Boulder drivers looking for a capable and well-equipped compact SUV. Deciding whether the CX-5 or CR-V is the right vehicle for you will come down to how they match up in regards to performance, fuel efficiency, and standard features. Learn more in this Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5 comparison from Fisher Honda, and then schedule a test drive with us today!

2020 Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5: Performance Specs

With either the CX-5 or CR-V, you’ll get a standard four-cylinder engine, but the Honda engine provides more horsepower with better fuel economy ratings. Unlike the CX-5, the CR-V also has a hybrid model available. Take a look at the CR-V vs. CX-5 performance specs below.

  • 2020 C 2WD LX:
    • 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC® four-cylinder engine
    • 28 city mpg/ 34 hwy mpg* rating with CVT transmission
    • 190 horsepower
    • 179 lb-ft of torque
  • 2020 CX-5 Sport:
    • 2.5L SKYACTIV®-G DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder with Cylinder Deactivation
    • 25 city mpg/31 hwy mpg rating with 6-speed automatic transmission
    • 187 horsepower
    • 186 lb-ft of torque

Both vehicles can be equipped with all-wheel drive to enhance traction and control in all kinds of Broomfield-area weather and road conditions.

2020 Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5: Interior Features

Inside the CX-5 and CR-V, you’ll find comfortable seating for up to five people, USB ports, and a rearview camera. The new CR-V, however, offers more amenities to enhance your Longmont-area driving experience.

2020 CR-V LX:

  • Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC)
  • 5-inch LCD Touch-Screen
  • 160-Watt Audio System with 4 Speakers
  • Easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seating
  • Available HomeLink® Remote System
  • Available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Available 12-way power driver’s seat including 4-way power lumbar support and memory function
  • Available heated steering wheel

2020 CX-5:

  • MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System
  • Push button start
  • 6-way manual adjustable driver’s seat
  • 40/20/40-split one-touch fold-down
  • Reclining rear seatback
  • Cloth-trimmed seats

2020 Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5: Safety Features

Safety features that come standard with both the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V include advanced airbags, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and Hill Start Assist. The CR-V safety is further enhanced by the Honda Sensing® safety suite, which is standard on all trim levels. Honda Sensing® offers the following driver-assist technologies that are not available in the CX-5:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Drive the 2020 CR-V Today at Fisher Honda!

Ready to get behind the wheel of the exciting new Honda CR-V? Check out our CR-V LX vs. EX trim comparison and see how the CR-V matches up against competitors like the Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue. Make sure to explore our current CR-V lease specials. to take advantage of our current money-saving offers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

*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.

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V: MSRP

The starting MSRP of the 2019 Honda CR-V is $24,350.* The 2019 Subaru Outback starts at $26,345 MSRP. That price difference of over $2,000 could be a game-changer for many drivers in and around Broomfield.

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V: MPG & Performance

Powerful and efficient performance is a must for anyone interested in a new compact SUV, and the Honda CR-V delivers just that. See how the CR-V and Outback compare in engine power and fuel economy ratings:

  • Engine: The Honda CR-V is powered by a 184-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, while the Subaru Outback is equipped with a 175-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder engine.
  • Transmission & Drivetrain: A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is standard on both the Subaru and Honda. The Outback also comes with standard all-wheel drive, which is an available option on the CR-V.
  • MPG Ratings: Fuel economy ratings are nearly identical, but the CR-V gets one mile per gallon more in the city. With its base engine and CVT, the CR-V LX earns 26 mpg city/32 mpg highway** vs. 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway from the Outback 2.5i.

Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V: Dimensions

When looking at the 2019 Subaru Outback and 2019 Honda CR-V dimensions, you’ll find that the Honda SUV offers 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, to the 35.5 cubic feet of the Subaru. With the rear seats folded down, the CR-V can provide a maximum cargo capacity of 75.8 cubic feet. You’ll get a maximum of 73.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the Outback with the rear seats folded. The extra cargo space in the CR-V will come in handy for carrying all the gear and supplies you need when heading out to one of the hiking trails near Boulder.

2019 Honda CR-V parked in snow

2019 Honda CR-V dashboard

2019 Honda CR-V climate control features

Test Drive a New CR-V at Fisher Honda in Boulder!

Compare the Honda CR-V vs Honda HR-V to find out which is better suited to your needs, and explore the available CR-V trim levels, then check out our CR-V lease specials to take advantage of our current offers. Once you’ve had a chance to explore our new CR-V inventory, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a test drive.

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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

**Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

Honda vs. Mazda: Performance

The Honda CR-V is equipped with a standard 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine, while the Mazda CX-5 comes with a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder. Both of these powerful engines can provide spirited performance on Broomfield roads, but the Honda can also offer better gas mileage. The EPA estimates the Honda CR-V fuel economy at 26/32 mpg* city/highway on the base LX trim with a CVT transmission. The CX-5 has earned an EPA rating of 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. That might seem like a small difference, but it translates to saving a few dollars every time you stop in at your local gas station for a fill-up.

Honda vs. Mazda: Interior Features

The Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5 interiors are both well-equipped with connectivity features, USB ports, and a rearview camera. However, there are some key differences in the features list of each that you should take note of:

2019 Honda CR-V: 

  • 7-inch Display Audio Touch-Screen
  • Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC)
  • Easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seating
  • Available HomeLink® Remote System
  • Available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Available 12-way power driver’s seat including 4-way power lumbar support and memory function
  • Available heated steering wheel

2019 Mazda CX-5: 

  • MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System
  • Push button start
  • 40/20/40 split one-touch fold-down
  • 6-way manual adjustable driver’s seat
  • Reclining rear seatback
  • Cloth-trimmed seats
2019 Honda CR-V interior seating

Honda vs. Mazda: Safety

Both of these Mazda and Honda models come with an array of advanced airbags, and each have their own variations of a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Hill Start Assist, and Blind Spot Information System. With the Honda CR-V however, you also benefit from the Honda Sensing® safety suite, which includes advanced safety and driver assist technologies, like:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
  • Brake Assist

These Honda Sensing® safety features aren’t available on the Mazda CX-5.

Couple loading presents into 2019 Honda CR-V

Drive the Honda CR-V at Fisher Honda

Check out our other CR-V comparisons, and learn more about the CR-V dimensions, and maintenance schedule, and find out about what to expect from the new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Explore our new CR-V inventory to find the model that will best suit your needs, and don;t forget to take a look at our CR-V lease specials which can make this affordable compact SUV even more budget-friendly for Longmont-area drivers. Please contact us if you have any questions, or would like to schedule a test drive in Boulder today.

*26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2019 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.

The 2018 Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 are both dynamic vehicles, but when looking for safety and innovation, nothing beats the high tech, classic build of a Honda.

Honda CR-V Interior

The 2018 Honda CR-V’s high-end interior has leather-trimmed seating and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift creating a classic look. During the colder months, there are quick-heating seats for the driver and front passenger. It’s also equipped with Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control to keep the car comfortable for all passengers.

The RAV4 includes some similar amenities — however, it’s Toyota Entune suite doesn’t stand up to Honda CR-V interior features like HondaLink or HondaSensing.

Honda CR-V AWD

The 2018 Honda CR-V is available with the Real TIme AWD with Intelligent Control System, offering a better grip on Denver roads and icy mountain conditions, whereas RAV4s come with FWD standard. The new CR-V also offers other performance features that pair well with AWD, such as:

  • 184 horsepower, 2.4-Liter DOHC i-VTECH 4-Cylinder Engine
  • Eco Assist System
  • Hands-free access power tailgate

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The Honda CR-V isn’t the only SUV that has all-wheel drive. There are multiple models from Honda that provide the high-end safety found in a 2018 Honda CR-V. Some of these other models include models like the 2017 Honda HR-V EX and the Honda HR-V LX. Looking for a different model? Save money on a pre-owned AWD SUV in Boulder or Longmont at Fisher Honda.


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