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Crossover Duel: 2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Forester

By James Yu , Jan 16, 2017 10:37 AM EST
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The 2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Forester is one of the most common scenarios for buyers that are looking to get a reliable SUV. The 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Subaru Forester are considered two of the top SUVs in the market and given the fact that both have a lot to offer in many aspects, it can be difficult for buyers to choose between the two. However, one of them will have to be the victor in the buyers' book. The question is which is it?

2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Forester: Powertrain Options

According to report from The Car Connection, the 2017 Honda CR-V is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque for the base trim LX. Accordingly, the rest of the trims are equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. It was stated that both engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that sends the power through a standard front wheel drive (FWD) setting with an optional all-wheel drive (AWD) configuration for all the trims.

The 2017 Subaru Forester also offers two powertrain options. Reports state that the 2017 Subaru Forester powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The other engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-4 that is capable of 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a standard six-speed manual gearbox and an optional CVT that distributes the power through a standard AWD configuration as reported.

2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Forester: Fuel Economy Rating

In terms of fuel economy, the 2017 Honda CR-V has a rating of 28/34/30 and 28/33//29 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and combined for the FWD and AWD settings respectively. The 2017 Subaru Forester on the other hand also has decent numbers. According to report from U.S News, the 2017 Subaru Forester has a fuel economy rating of 26/32/27 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and combined respectively.

2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Forester: Trims And Prices

The 2017 Honda CR-V is available in four trims from the base LX to EX, EX-L and Touring. It has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $24,045, $26,695, $29,195 and $32,395. The 2017 Subaru Forester is also available in four trim levels from the base 2.5i to Premium, Limited and Touring. It has a price tag of $22,595, $25,495, $29,195 and $31,295 for the four trims respectively as reported.

2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Forester: Which Is Better?

The 2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Forester is certainly a difficult battle to judge. Comparing the abovementioned aspects, the two SUVs are practically even. A second duel may be necessary but for now, buyers are the winners as they get a reliable SUV regardless of their choice.

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