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Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Subaru Forester

$645
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda CR-V

$403
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Subaru Forester Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 20th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $645 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda CR-V Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $403 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the CR-V.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$645
inexpensive
expensive
$403
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.45
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
7%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(3)
4
(20)
3
(3)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Subaru Forester ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.
“Extremely practical, very roomy. Good at everything, bad at nothing. A/C could blow colder, and ride is a bit harsh, but I love this vehicle. The AWD is excellent. Superb gas milage. 30000 miles wi...”
“Extremely practical, very roomy. Good at everything, bad at nothing. A/C could blow colder, and r...”
5
(9)
4
(42)
3
(18)
2
(7)
1
(2)
The Honda CR-V ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. It was my first honda car bought new. i have chaged shocks only once in 14 years and that was the the...”
“Honda CRV 2004 model perhaps was the best model of the lot. Maintence has been the lowest ever. I...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V are both compact, two-row SUVs. While the CR-V comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, the Forester has all-wheel drive as standard equipment. The Forester also offers greater ground clearance (8.7 inches) than the CR-V (7.8 inches).

Comparing their engine output, the Forester has a standard engine with 170 horsepower, and an optional engine with 250 horsepower. The CR-V has a standard engine with 184 horsepower, and an optional engine with 190 horsepower.

Cargo space in the Forester and the CR-V comes out close to a tie. The Forester has 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, and the CR-V has 75.8.

The Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V are closely matched as compact SUVs. With its standard all-wheel drive and greater ground clearance, the Forester has an edge — if going off road is important to you. The Forester’s higher output optional engine is also a plus, if you plan to carry heavy loads or tow a trailer. For standard, everyday paved-road duty, they are both worthy of your consideration.

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