2020 Subaru Forester driving on a highway at sunset 

2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Honda CR-V taking a turn 

2020 Honda CR-V

The 2020 Subaru Forester and 2020 Honda CR-V are both respected as reliable and capable crossover SUVs, but which one is the right model for Capitola and Scotts Valley shoppers? Compare Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V prices, specs, and features to learn more about what each SUV has to offer!


2020 CR-V vs. Forester: Price

The 2020 Subaru Forester SUV has a starting MSRP of $24,495 with a destination charge of $1,010, and a selection of five trim levels. On the other hand, the 2020 Honda CR-V SUV starts at $25,050 and has a destination charge of $1,120, with a selection of four trim levels. Find out more about what you're getting for each price below.

2020 Subaru Forester with bicycles on the roof rack

2020 CR-V vs. Forester: Performance 

While each model can tow up to 1,500 pounds, there are differences in performance specs and features that might help you make your decision:

  • Transmission: Each model has a standard 4-cylinder engine, but the Forester has a 7-speed CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), while the CR-V gets a 2-speed CVT. 
  • MPG Ratings: The Forester base trim has a 16.6-gallon fuel tank and delivers 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway, while the CR-V LX has a 14.0-gallon fuel tank and 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway. 
  • Drivetrain: The Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive and Limited-Slip Differential for better traction on or off Watsonville roads. Front-wheel drive is standard for the CR-V. 
2020 Subaru Forester on a highway at sunset

2020 CR-V vs. Forester: Features & Space 

Which offers more of the features and space you want: the CR-V or Forester? Compare the interior offerings of these two crossover SUVs below: 

  • Smartphone Integration: The Forester is equipped with a standard SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. You'll have to upgrade to the CR-V EX for smartphone integration. 
  • Safety Features: Both the Forester and the CR-V come standard with a suite of driver-assistance features--Subaru EyeSight® and Honda Sensing® respectively--which include Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keep Assist. However, Subaru EyeSight® also includes Sway Warning.
  • Space: The Forester offers more passenger volume (111.9 cubic feet) and more maximum cargo space (76.1 cubic feet), compared to the CR-V passenger volume of 105.9 cubic feet and its maximum cargo space of 75.8 cubic feet. 
  2020 Forester cargo area 

Test Drive the New Forester at Santa Cruz Subaru 

All in all, the 2020 Subaru Forester is less expensive, more efficient, and better equipped than the 2020 Honda CR-V. Curious how the Forester stacks up against other Subaru SUVs? Compare the 2020 Outback vs. Forester at Santa Cruz Subaru. When you're ready, contact us to schedule a test drive near Aptos!