Nothing adds a little ease and comfort to your family trips throughout the Dover, Middletown, and Odessa area like a reliable and efficient midsize SUV. Brands like Subaru and Honda rise to the top of this automotive category given the driver satisfaction rates and their vehicles' performance abilities. But how do you know which one is right for you and your family?

In this article, we'll help you to answer that question by comparing the 2018 Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V. We'll compare these vehicles as far as handling, interior space, and features, and optional safety features. By reading this review, you'll have enough knowledge about both cars to decide which one you'd prefer.

2018 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Handling

The Subaru Forester is equipped with one of two unique Subaru BOXER® engines. The flat-lying 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and the 2.0-liter turbo-4 engines feature horizontally opposed valves that help to disperse the power into the vehicle's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, which offers superior handling and agility.

The Honda CR-V features a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. This vehicle is equipped with 2-wheel drive, which is effective but no match for the control of the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive featured in the Forester.

Interior Space and Features

The Subaru Forester offers 108.3 cubic feet of passenger volume for its five passengers. The Honda CR-V, although spacious, doesn't measure up with its 104.1 cubic feet of passenger space.

The Forester's spatial advantage is particularly noticeable to front passengers, with 41.4 inches of headroom and 43 inches of legroom offered. The Honda CR-V only offers 38 inches of headroom and 41.3 inches of legroom for its front passengers.

Regarding entertainment, each vehicle has a high-resolution touchscreen display that can be used to access media. Both vehicles feature a CD player, but the Subaru Forester also includes HD Radio™, which provides clear listening of standard AM/FM radio stations.

These vehicles also feature Bluetooth®, which can be used to make or receive phone calls or to stream audio entertainment from your smartphone.

Optional Safety Features

Driver-assisting technology is the wave of the automotive future, and each vehicle offers something different in this regard.

The Subaru Forester has the EyeSight® system that utilizes four cameras to assist you in a variety of aspects, like the Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure, Sway Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control, which allows you to set a speed and distance from the vehicle ahead.

The Honda CR-V only offers Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Warning after several upgrades.

2018 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V Comparison: Conclusion

By reading this vehicle comparison, you learned a great deal about these midsize SUVs. You saw that the Subaru Forester offers better handling with its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and more space for you and your passengers, while offering higher-quality radio listening.

Finally, we looked at the optional safety features and the driver-assisting technology. You saw that the Subaru Forester features the impressive EyeSight® system, which includes a variety of helpful features to safely assist you on your trips. In short, you see that the 2018 Subaru Forester has the clear advantage when it comes to handling, space, and safety.

Learn more about the 2018 Subaru Forester by contacting our team at Winner Subaru, the dealership that proudly serves drivers all throughout the Dover, Middletown, and Odessa area.


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