2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Honda CR-V: Which Compact SUV is Better?

Two of the hottest compact SUV models in Florida this year are the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Honda CR-V. The Subaru Forester is all new for the model year, while the 2019 Honda CR-V underwent its last redesign in 2017. Both models offer ample cargo space, impressive safety features and are filled to the brim with modern tech. But, which compact SUV is ultimately better? Find out in this comprehensive comparison between the newest Subaru Forester and the 2019 Honda CR-V.

Compact SUV Model Overview

The quirky Subaru Forester has been completely redesigned to offer a stronger and roomier compact SUV that suits both family needs and an active lifestyle. The ride quality remains smooth, comfortable and agile. The Forester comes standard in all-wheel-drive, which is a rare and welcomed feature in this class. The model offers a superior combination of cargo and passenger space, in addition to impressive safety and reliability scores.

The sporty and reliable 2019 Honda CR-V, while keeping its older design, has plenty to offer to drivers looking for a family SUV with smooth ride quality. Some of the most exciting offerings include room for five passengers, ample cargo space and an available turbocharged engine. However, compared to the Subaru SUV and other competition, the 2019 Honda CR-V has rougher handling and lacks the driver assist features that are standard on every Forester trim.

Technology Features

The base 2019 Honda CR-V LX has little to offer when it comes to standard entertainment and convenience tech. The model offers a modest suite of a 5-inch screen, four speakers, one USB port and Bluetooth. Upgrades like a larger screen and smartphone integration are available. However, the tech equipment beyond mere basics comes with a hefty price tag on this model.

The standard tech suite of the Subaru Forester has a well-deserved reputation of being both easy to use and advanced. The standard infotainment system features clean graphics and a responsive 6.5-inch touch screen. The model also comes standard with smartphone integration, HD and satellite radio with a four-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and Bluetooth.

Driver Assist & Safety Features

Both models have proven to be supremely safe, with excellent crash test performance and a wide array of safety features. The Subaru Forester and its rival both offer a rearview camera as a standard safety feature. While the vehicles are similar when it comes to safety offerings, the 2019 Honda CR-V fails to offer a standard suite of driver assist features, while the Forester offers the full package even at the base trim.

When it comes to the driver assist features, the Subaru Forester is the clear winner, offering standard pre-collision braking system, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. The Forester also presents an advanced available driver drowsiness monitor - an exciting driver assist feature. While 2019 Honda CR-V is a great pick when it comes to compact SUV category, its deficiency in standard driver assistance may be a deal breaker for many drivers, as the latest features cost extra.

Test Drive the 2019 Subaru Forester at Cannon Subaru

The all-new Subaru Forester offers compact SUV shoppers a dynamic, modern and comfortable driving experience. Don't miss out on this chance to stop by our dealership and take the new Forester for a spin during a test drive. We welcome drivers of all types to our dealership - whether you're just looking, ready to experience a model behind the wheel or already own a Subaru that may need the services of our skilled auto technicians.