2017 Subaru Forester vs 2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Subaru Forester 2017 Honda CR-V
  53.0 in. 49.5 in.
  15.9 gal. 14.0 gal.
  43.0 in. 41.3 in.

2017 Subaru Forester vs 2017 Honda CR-V

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If you were on a highway, how long could you go without seeing an SUV? The market is so saturated with every car makers interpretation of what an SUV should be it's almost comical. There are so many Sports Utility Vehicles that are long on flash and style and short on utility it is almost unbelievable. The market segment that started by giving people the choice to buy a car that could go anywhere and do anything is now full of glorified people carries that would crumble if taken off road.

At least one car company remembers what an SUV is supposed to be built for. Subaru has a long and proud history of building the most functional and utilitarian vehicles on the road. The 2017 Subaru Forester may not dazzle the way a posh SUV does, but it will start up every time and drive through any terrain, from snow to mud and all points in between. Consider the 2017 Subaru Forester in comparison to a popular SUV on the road right now, the Honda CR-V. Here are a few reasons why the Subaru is a superior SUV.


Make no mistake about it, the Japanese car makers rule the roost when it comes to reliability and durability. Honda is a well-known brand for its solid, sturdy vehicles that never seem to fail and always seem to start. The thing is, Subaru also builds sturdy vehicles that are well regarded for their reliability, but with a fairly large caveat. Every car maker offers vehicles with optional all-wheel drive available, but not Subaru; every Subaru is all wheel drive. While Honda offers the CR-V with all-wheel drive as an option, Subaru offers all-wheel drive as standard. Subaru specializes in all wheel drive, crafting vehicles comfortable to drive in rain, snow, sleet and mud. A 2017 Subaru Forester won't simply start up on command, it will also drive through any road surface with confidence and poise.


Few vehicles come close to offering the kind reassurances that the 2017 Subaru Forester does. With a best in class five-star crash test rating from the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the Forester boasts the best safety on the road if something goes wrong. Subaru offers a number of driver aids to ensure accidents are avoided, however. Subaru's breakthrough in driver assistance, Subaru EyeSight®, tracks traffic movements, adapts and adjusts cruise control settings, automatically brakes and offers lane departure warnings if you're momentarily distracted. Make no mistake, the Honda CR-V offers many similar options, but the Subaru EyeSight® has been called a "leap forward," in driver safety and has won praise from a number of professional car reviewers and journalists.

Consumer Ratings

Nobody knows a car like someone who's already making car payments. Subaru routinely ranks among the absolute best in JD Powers annual consumer ratings for cars. Subaru is a staple among the highest customer satisfaction ratings, and only ranks behind Tesla and Porsche in a survey of which cars people would buy a second time, given the choice. Honda does well in these comparisons, as well, but not as well as Subaru; no reasonably priced SUV does, in fact.

These arguments, no matter how well reasoned, are only going to get you so far in your car buying decision making. The 2017 Forester might be dependable, safe and highly rated, but what does that mean to you? Why not take the first step towards your next vehicle? Stop by your local Subaru dealer to test drive the 2017 Subaru Forester. It will only take a few minutes to see why Subaru is confidence in motion.