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Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Subaru Forester

2016 Subaru Forester
$645
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V
$403
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

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.

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.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$645
inexpensive
very expensive
$403
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.5
not often
way too often
0.4
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
minor issues
major issues
7%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(26 Reviews)
(79 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(3)
4 star
(20)
3 star
(3)
2 star
(0)
1 star
(0)

The Subaru Forester ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.

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“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...”

Rating Details
5 star
(9)
4 star
(41)
3 star
(18)
2 star
(7)
1 star
(2)

The Honda CR-V ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.

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“We love the reliability of our Honda CRV and have hauled lumber, building materials, furniture, and used it to help us move twice. Would definitely buy another one. If we get 240,000 miles like we ...”

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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