When it comes to shopping for a compact SUV, you have a ton of options to choose from. These include the trusty Honda
CR-V and the more rugged Subaru
Forester, both excellent choices in this class. Let’s take a closer look at their strengths and find the right SUV for you.
2022 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is a compact SUV that does nearly everything well. It’s safe, reliable, efficient, and spacious. It may not stand out from the crowd very much, but if you’re just looking for a practical SUV that you can trust, it’s hard to find fault in the CR-V. If you’d prefer an SUV with great fuel economy, consider the CR-V Hybrid. Pricing for the CR-V starts at $26,800.
Honda CR-V highlights
Roomy interior: The Honda CR-V has one of the roomiest interiors in the compact SUV segment. It has two adult-friendly rows of seats with lots of legroom in the back. The CR-V also has a big cargo hold that can carry a lot of stuff while your passengers enjoy plenty of space. The CR-V boasts even more cargo room than the Forester, which is itself impressive in this respect.
Lively and efficient engine: The base turbocharged 4-cylinder engine under the hood of the Honda CR-V strikes an excellent balance of performance and efficiency. It produces 190 horsepower and has a combined fuel economy rating of up to 30 mpg. That makes it a little more powerful and efficient than the Forester.
Standard Honda Sensing: The Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance tech features comes standard on every CR-V. Honda Sensing bundles a collision mitigation braking system, a road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and a lane-keeping assist system.
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2022 Subaru Forester
The Subaru Forester is a strong contender in the compact SUV segment. On the practical side, it’s spacious, good on gas, and earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. However, it also has the quirkiness that the Subaru brand is famous for, putting it a little outside of the mainstream. The starting price is at $25,895.
Subaru Forester highlights
Standard AWD: All-wheel drive (AWD) is a desirable feature for drivers in snowy climates and it comes standard on the Subaru Forester. This gives the Forester excellent all-season traction and respectable off-road capabilities. On most of the Forester’s rivals — including the CR-V — AWD is an option that costs extra.
Off-road-ready Wilderness trim: Every Subaru Forester is a decent off-roader, but the most rugged version is the Wilderness trim. The Forester Wilderness comes with many off-road features on top of the standard AWD system. It has 9.2 inches of ground clearance, all-terrain tires, dual-function X-MODE with hill descent control, water-repellent seats, and a rugged appearance package.
Best-in-class resale value: The Subaru Forester has earned the 2022 KBB Best Resale Value Award for compact SUVs. We estimate that it holds 47.2% of its value after five years, which is the best of any SUV in its class. It also carries a low starting price that further adds to its value proposition.
Similar sizing, similar starting price, good resale value, spacious interior, great safety scores, and continuously variable transmission.
The Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester are two great compact SUVs with different strengths. The CR-V is a well-rounded SUV that does nearly everything well, while the Subaru Forester is a more capable off-roader and more value-oriented with a lower starting price and better resale value.
Compare the specs:
|2022 Honda CR-V||2022 Subaru Forester|
|Engine||1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder||2.5-liter 4-cylinder|
|Horsepower||190 hp @ 5,600 rpm||182 hp @ 5,800 rpm|
|Torque||179 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm||176 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||28 city/34 highway mpg||26 city/33 highway mpg|
|Also Available||AWD, hybrid|
|Basic Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety||5 stars||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||104.8 inches||105.1 inches|
|Overall Length||182.1 inches||182.7 inches|
|Width||73.0 inches||71.5 inches|
|Height||66.1 inches||67.5 inches|
|Turning Diameter||37.4 feet||35.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||40.1 inches||41.2 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.2 inches||39.6 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.3 inches||43.3 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||40.4 inches||39.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.9 inches||58.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||55.6 inches||57.2 inches|
|Passenger Volume||105.9 cubic feet||111.6 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||39.2 cubic feet||28.9 cubic feet|
This story originally ran on KBB.com.