Fuel Efficiency Showdown: 2017 Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester

The stage has been set once more. A couple of giants are once again locked in a duel. This time the 2017 Honda CR-V is pitted against Subaru Forester in a fuel efficiency showdown. Which of the two titans will come out on top in another epic battle of fuel efficiency? Will the saying that "the bigger they are, the longer their strides" prove true in this duel?

The 2017 Honda CR-V

A report from NSEAVoice noted that the 2017 Honda CR-V is equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is also found in the Honda Civic. However, this engine is found on the higher trim levels. The 2017 Honda CR-V comes equipped with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. These powertrains are paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and a standard front wheel drive (FWD) drivetrain with an optional all-wheel drive (AWD) upgrade. Reports state that the 2.4-liter engine has a fuel efficiency rate of 26/33/29 miles per gallon in the city, highway and combined respectively. It was also reported that the 1.5 engine allows the 2017 Honda CR-V to cover a distance of 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway.

The 2017 Subaru Forester

The 2017 Subaru Forester can definitely hold its own against any other SUVs and crossovers in the auto market. It has an Inline-4 engine that can be tweaked by a turbo to put out 250 horsepower. The Car Connection reported that the 2017 Subaru Forester base wagon is a manual transmission as a standard while other versions come with six and eight-speed automatic transmission. According to the same report, the 2017 Subaru Forester has a fuel efficiency rate of 24/32/27 miles per gallon in the city, highway and combined respectively.


It is clear that the 2017 Honda CR-V has the advantage over the 2017 Subaru Forester when it comes to fuel efficiency and therefore, this battle goes to the former. In choosing a vehicle to purchase however, buyers also take other factors aside from fuel economy into consideration and this means that while 2017 Honda CR-V is victorious in this showdown, it should not let its guard down as more battles are up ahead.

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