2016 Honda CR-V vs. 2016 Subaru Forester

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V
2016 Subaru Forester

2016 Subaru Forester

The 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Subaru Forester are both at the top of the crossover segment, so Malin and Keno drivers often struggle to choose the right model to fit their needs. With that in mind, we decided to conduct a competitive comparison to help you make the right decision.

Powertrains and MPG

One of the 2016 Honda CR-V’s most impressive features is its stunning powertrain, which gives Malin and Keno drivers exceptional power and efficiency with each trim level:

  • CR-V Engine: A 2.4L four-cylinder engine comes fitted as standard to put you in control of up to 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque — that’s one of the most impressive entry-level outputs around.
  • CR-V Transmission: Your four-cylinder’s output will be intelligently refined by a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which enables you to achieve 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway* with FWD.

The 2016 Subaru Forester can’t even come close. Its base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, but, despite its inferior power, that engine demands significantly more fuel than the CR-V, with efficiency peaking at an underwhelming 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. If you want to pay more, a 250-hp 2.0L is available, but that means downgrading your efficiency ratings further to 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2016 Honda CR-V


The 2016 Honda CR-V has made a number of steps forward in terms of interior design, and Malin and Keno families are likely to welcome them. The rear doors have been made larger to ensure that entering and exiting the rear row is easier than ever, a flat load floor makes it a piece of cake to slip larger and heavier items into the cargo area, and the lack of a transmission tunnel means that the center-rear seat doesn’t rise up uncomfortably.

The CR-V is also more spacious than rivals like the Forester; there’s up to 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats compared to just 34.4 with the Subaru.

2016 Honda CR-V

Comfort and Convenience Features

The 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Subaru Forester both come with a generous array of standard features for Malin and Keno drivers to enjoy, including cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system. However, the 2016 Honda CR-V is still able to easily edge ahead of the Forester by offering several pieces of technology that the Forester doesn’t offer, including:

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Both the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Subaru Forester come with a rearview camera as standard. However, only the CR-V’s is able to provide three viewing modes (Normal, Wide, and Top-Down) to ensure a comprehensive view of the area behind your vehicle.
  • HondaLink Next Generation: Modern drivers know how important their smartphones are, and so does the design team at Honda. That’s why they created the HondaLink system, which will let you hook up your smartphone to the CR-V before using a growing collection of its features through the vehicle’s on-board systems.
2016 Honda CR-V

Safety Features

Peace of mind comes standard with both the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Subaru Forester. Both vehicles have earned strong safety ratings, but that doesn’t mean that they’re equal. The 2016 Honda CR-V offers a number of safety innovations that are not available with the 2016 Subaru Forester, with examples including:

  • Honda LaneWatch: A small camera mounted below your passenger-side mirror is able to display a live feed of your traditional blind-spot area, revealing close to 4 times more than the mirror alone.
  • ACE Body: ACE stands for Advanced Compatibility Engineering, and it helps you and your passengers remain safe. In the event of a collision, the body will crumple intelligently to direct impact energy away from occupants.
2016 Honda CR-V

The 2016 Honda CR-V Tops the 2016 Subaru Forester

The 2016 Honda CR-V is one of the most popular crossover models in the world, and it isn’t hard to see why. If you’d like to take it for a test drive near Malin and Keno, just come to Klamath Falls Honda today.

* 26 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg rating for 2WD models. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.