The 2016 Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V are among the most popular compact crossovers available. Both offer comfortable seating, fuel-efficient power, and a sporty ride. If you’re trying to decide between the two, check out our side-by-side comparison.
2016 Forester vs Honda CR-V
Thanks to its impressive engine options, the 2016 Subaru Forester is our pick for power. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 170 horses and 174 pound-feet of torque for a quick, efficient ride. If you’re looking for a thrilling, athletic ride, check out the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It generates 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque for enhanced acceleration. Properly equipped, the Forester can tow a max of 1,500 pounds. Standard all-wheel drive gives you impressive authority over slick roads.
The Honda CR-V derives its power from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 185 horses and 181 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission for impressive fuel economy. Choose between front- and all-wheel drive for enhanced performance.
Both crossovers deliver a long list of modern features, but the CR-V takes the lead. Bluetooth phone connectivity means you can make hands-free calls. Keyless entry and ignition saves time in the parking lot. Heated front seats keep you cozy when the weather turns cold. With satellite radio, there’s always something good on.
However, the Subaru Forester’s convenience lineup is tough to beat. The Subaru Starlink infotainment system is intuitive and easy to use. Voice command options let you alter settings without looking away from the road. Use Bluetooth to stream your favorite music apps like Pandora. The in-car USB port lets you charge devices on the go.
We like the 2016 Subaru Forester’s roomy, supportive seating and clean-cut style. The simple design creates maximum functionality. From behind the wheel, you’ll enjoy an expansive view of the road and modern ergonomics. Important controls are within easy reach. Both rows of seating offer generous head- and legroom. Fold down the rear seats to create a maximum cargo hold of 74.7 cubic feet.
The CR-V cabin is a close second. Like the Forester, it’s big on practicality. Stow carryon items in a variety of nooks and bins. The well-shaped front seats provide impressive support and comfort. The reclining rear seats enhance legroom during lengthy trips.
The 2016 Subaru Forester delivers high standards in safety, making it our pick for passenger protection. The rearview camera gives you an impressive rear visibility as you back up. Advanced systems – including frontal collision mitigation and lane departure warning – scan the road and alert you to potential problems.
Like the Forester, the CR-V provides antilock brakes and traction and stability control for maximum authority over troublesome weather. Honda’s LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system displays the passenger-side blind spot on a 7-inch touchscreen whenever you engage the turn signal. The forward collision warning system with mitigation will apply the brakes if it senses impending danger.
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Both the 2016 Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V are excellent, but the Subaru Forester comes out on top. On the road, its standard all-wheel drive maximizes performance and safety. Choose between two powerful engines for a sporty ride. Inside, seating is spacious and comfortable. Modern comfort and convenience features create a luxurious cabin. Come in and test drive the Forester today!