Like many smart shoppers in the Hartford area, you are researching a few different vehicles to decide which one is best for you and has the features you are looking for. Buying a car is a big investment and checking out what the competition has to offer to ensure you're getting the best deal. While spending time online researching different makes, models and comparing trim levels and specs can be time-consuming and tedious but very important. Luckily, we have done the hard work for you and compared the Honda CR-V to the Subaru Forester in all the ways that matter most. So all you have to do is come down to Holmgren Subaru for a test drive to fully experience the amazing 2018 Subaru Forester firsthand.

Advanced Safety

Safety is another important deciding factor for many New London drivers when deciding between to vehicles and the Subaru Forester is off to a great start with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for confidence behind the wheel. The Subaru Forester is also one of the highest ranked and safest compact SUV during crash tests. The Subaru Forester is also available with one of best driver assist packages on the road today, Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. Subaru EyeSight is the combination of four advanced safety features, Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Control, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist with Sway Warning, to monitor, alert and react to changes in traffic to avoid or minimize a collision. The Honda CR-V has some of the same features in its driver assist package Honda Sensing, but the CR-V doesn't offer Pre-Collision Throttle Control. Which controls throttle power to reduce how much power the engine is supplying to reduce crash impact.

The Subaru Forester also has a number of other available safety features to offer Norwich drivers that the Honda CR-V doesn't offer. Like LED Steering Responsive Headlights that help light up the road around the bend. The Subaru Forester is also available with Reverse Automatic Braking, Blind-Spot Detection / Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and High Beam Assist. Another way the Subaru Forester protects its occupants is with its smart design and engine placement. The Forester utilizes a strong and durable ring-shaped re-enforced frame and the BOXER engines horizontal design takes up less space under the hood. The low placement of the BOXER engine give the Forester a low center of gravity and in the event of a head-on collision the engine doesn't impend into the passenger cabin.

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Powertrain & Performance

Middletown drivers want their next vehicle to be fuel efficient and fun to drive; which the Subaru Forester does better than the Honda CR-V. Both vehicles have two powertrain options to choose from. Powering the Honda CR-V is powered by either a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower. Or a 1.5L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates only a 190 horsepower. While the base engine of the Honda CR-V is slightly more powerful than the Subaru Foresters standard 170 horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder BOXER engine, both engines get the same fuel economy; 32 highway and 26 city MPG. The other engine powering the Subaru Forester is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder BOXER engine that generates 250 horsepower.

One important thing to keep in mind when comparing the Honda CR-V to the Subaru Foresters performance is that every Forester comes equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard. The Honda CR-V is available with a less impressive all-wheel-drive system for an additional $1,200. The all-wheel-drive Honda CR-V is also less fuel efficient than the Subaru Forester. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system gives the Forester unmatched traction, control, stability, and balance no matter the road or weather conditions so you can make it home safely. The Subaru Forester can also be equipped with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control for enhanced performance on and off-road by optimizing engine output and transmission ratios to reduce individual wheel spin.

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With entertainment for the whole family in the Forester, the daily drive never gets old. Every Forester comes standard with Starlink in-vehicle technology, bringing you almost endless entertainment options. With the Aha smartphone app integration, you have instant access to music, maps, news, and more. Even though you’re on the go, you’ll never feel like you’re out of touch. Plus, with steering wheel controls, you never have to remove your hands from the wheel.

The entertainment system in the base model CR-V is very basic. Sure, it has Bluetooth® and Pandora® capabilities, but so do the majority of vehicles on the market today. If you’re always on the move, you need to have the latest and greatest technology with you.
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Adaptable Interior Space & Utility

Many North Franklin drivers think that just because the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester are labeled as compact SUVs they must not have a lot of room. But the Subaru Forester has more interior space for whatever life throws your way. The Honda CR-V has an interior space of 102.9 cubic feet with only 41.3 inches of front legroom. The Subaru Forester, however, two more inches of front legroom and an impressive passenger volume of 108.3 cubic feet. Both vehicles have seating for five but your backseat passengers will be more comfortable in the Forester. And with a lot of passengers generally means a lot of belongings. The Honda CR-V has slightly more cargo space the Forester but not much. The Forester has 34.4 cubic feet of space with the seats up and a maximum of 74.4 cubic feet with the 60/40 folding seats down. The Honda CR-V has 37.6 cubic feet with a maximum of 75.8 cubic feet.

SUV stands for sports utility vehicle and when it comes to setting out on a new adventure the Subaru Forester is better equipped than the Honda CR-V. The Forester features standard roof rails on every trim level except the 2.5i. Which makes bringing the bikes, skis or kayaks easy. The Honda CR-V is only available with roof rails on the top trim level. The Subaru Forester also has the ability to tow up to 1,500 lbs.

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At the end of the day the biggest factor that determines which SUV Hartford drivers are going to drive home in is the price. And once again the Subaru Forester comes out on top with a lower starting price and better-equipped trim levels. The Honda CR-V has a starting MSRP of $24,150 and if you want the all-wheel-drive model be prepared to an extra $1,200. The Subaru Forester, however, starts at just $22,795.

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The best way to experience the Subaru Forester and everything it has to offer is by going for a drive. So what are you waiting for! Make your way down to Holmgren Subaru today.

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