Both commuters and families rely on compact SUVs like the Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V to deliver a safe, capable, and fun drive. So, which one has what you're looking for in your next SUV? To help drivers in Ithaca decide, Maguire Subaru put them up against each other in this 2019 Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V comparison.

Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V Interior Dimensions

Both the 2019 Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V have seating for up to five people. The Subaru gives you and your passengers more room to stretch out though with 111.9 cubic feel of space. The Honda has a smaller overall cabin with just 105.9 cubic feet of passenger room.

One of the areas you'll notice the difference is when you've got three passengers riding in the backseat. The Forester is wider and gives you 57.2 inches of rear shoulder room. The Honda forces passengers to squeeze in with just 55.6 inches of shoulder room.

You'll also notice the ceiling feels lower inside the Honda. It features just 40.1 inches of front headroom and 39.2 inches of rear headroom. The Subaru makes room for tall drives and lets you sit up straight with 41.2 inches of headroom in the front and 39.6 inches in the back.

Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V Infotainment System

Each one of these SUVs has a standard Bluetooth® compatible infotainment system. The 2019 Subaru Forester builds on this by letting you access your smartphone apps in every trim level with standard Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and Aha™ smartphone integration.

The Honda CR-V also offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, but they're not available on every trim level. Plus, Aha™ smartphone integration isn't available at all.

The Forester's infotainment system is available with either a 6.5- or 8-inch touchscreen. On either size you'll get premium entertainment from SiriusXM® All Access Radio. The Honda also offers two sizes for its dashboard screen, but the standard one is just a 5-inch LCD monitor. It also doesn't offer SiriusXM® on every trim level.

Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V Safety

The 2019 Subaru Forester also offers peace of mind with seven airbags and standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It also includes safety features to help prevent accidents. The EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology system comes standard and includes features like:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collison Braking System
  • Pre-Collison Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist

With its reliable drivetrain, advanced airbag system, and standard driver assistance features, the Subaru Forester has been named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2019 Honda CR-V did not earn the same high safety rating from IIHS. While it offers all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive is standard. It also has fewer airbags and doesn't make its driver assistance system standard on every trim.

Test Drive the Subaru Forester

Visit Maguire Subaru to test drive the safe and comfortable Subaru Forester. It delivers a spacious interior and lots of features to drivers and families in Ithaca. To learn more about this 2019 Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.

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