As you can see, Honda stepped up their game in the 2015 model as both cars are similarily equipped. However, Not only is the 2015 Forester less expensive than the Honda CR-V, it's SIGNIFICANTLY LESS EXPENSIVEat Manchester Subaru, the #1 Volume Subaru Dealer in New England.
There’s finally a vehicle that cares about your family just as much as you do. Whether you’re driving the kids to school or going on a family road trip, the Subaru Forester will get you there every time.
To keep your family safe, the Forester comes standard with numerous safety features. While you’re constantly on the go and looking ahead to the next stop, the rear-vision camera will be on the lookout for what’s behind you. With standard daytime running lights, your path will always be lit – from the moment you start until it’s time for lights out. And with seven standard airbags, there’s plenty of love to go around.
Now with the available EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, you’ll always have an extra set of eyes on the road to protect those closest to you on your daily drives. From pre-collision breaking to adaptive cruise control, Subaru has taken safety to a whole new level.
For Subaru, safety doesn’t end on the production line. Even after you drive off the lot, your safety is still our priority. That’s why every Forester comes with 24-hour roadside assistance for 3 years or 36,000 miles. Whenever you and your family need it, help is just a phone call away.
The Honda CR-V may have safety features comparable to those in the Forester, but for more money. The base model CR-V starts at $24,350, whereas the base model Forester starts at $22,395. Why spend more money for the same thing? You can use that extra money on fun for the whole family.
A vehicle’s performance speaks volumes about the brand’s overall philosophy. At Subaru, we believe that you need a dependable vehicle to accommodate your family’s busy lifestyle.
Every Forester comes standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and the Subaru Boxer®Engine, providing you with maximum control and power behind the wheel. As the owner of a Forester, your family can always count on you to get them to where they need to go.
You’re not only a responsible parent, but also a responsible driver. That’s why Subaru has made the Forester a vehicle you can be proud to own. With 32 highway MPG1 and Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) status, being on the move has never felt so good. Even when driving, you’re doing your part to preserve the environment for future generations. Now that’s what you call love.
With unmatched performance, it’s no wonder the Forester is the longest-lasting compact crossover in America.2
The Honda CR-V comes standard as a two-wheel drive vehicle, meaning that only two wheels are in motion at all times. With your busy life, the to-do list is never-ending. You need a dependable vehicle that can get you to the next stop – no ifs, ands, or buts. When you don’t have the luxury of time, why would you get in the driver’s seat of a two-wheel drive vehicle?
With entertainment for the whole family in the Forester, the daily drive never gets old. Every Forester comes standard with Starlink™ in-vehicle technology, bringing you almost endless entertainment options. With the Aha™ smartphone app integration, you have instant access to music, maps, news, and more. Even though you’re on the go, you’ll never feel like you’re out of touch. Plus, with steering wheel controls, you never have to remove your hands from the wheel.
The entertainment system in the base model CR-V is very basic. Sure, it has Bluetooth® and Pandora® capabilities, but so do the majority of vehicles on the market today. If you’re always on the move, you need to have the latest and greatest technology with you.
The Forester has lots of room for lots of possibilities. With 108.3 cubic feet of cabin space, front and rear passengers alike can be comfortable on the drive. And, when you fold down the 60/40 split rear seats, 74.7 cubic feet of cargo space becomes available. That’s plenty of room for those soccer bags, backpacks, and whatever else you pick up on the way.
When inside the CR-V, you’ll certainly be able to tell that space is limited. With only 104.1 cubic feet of cabin space, your family might get a little cramped. And with a smaller cargo space, you may need to shorten that to-do list. Why settle for less space in the CR-V, when can feel at home in the Forester?
An IIHS Top Safety Pick for ten years running (2007 – 2016)
Built to Maintain Value.
The Subaru Forester received a 2016 Best Resale Value Award from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. 
98% of Subaru Forester vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today. 
Leader in Fuel-Efficiency
At 32 mpg highway, the AWD Forester delivers better fuel economy than even some two-wheel drive competitors.
Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle – PZEV
1. Vehicle’s projected resale value is specific to the 2016 model year. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
2. Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation vs. new vehicle registrations in the Non-Luxury Compact CUV segment for MY2007 – 2016 as of February 2016.
3. EPA-estimated hwy fuel economy for 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i CVT models. Actual mileage may vary.
4. PZEV emissions warranty applies to only certain states. See your retailer for complete information on emission and new car limited warranties.
On this page we compare the 2015 Subaru Forester Premium Package w/All Weather Package to the 2015 Honda CR-V EX 4WD. These are closely aligned trim levels and the most popular here in New England. We will compare and contrast:
Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive vs Honda "Real Time" 4WD
Safety - Watch the actual IIHS crash tests
VISIBILITY AND STYLE
2015 Subaru Forester
2015 Honda CR-V
One of the features that captures Forester's essence is the quality of driver visibility, which is commanding in all directions. Notice the narrowing windows on the side of the CR-V which can cause a potential blind spot. Both vehicles have a back-up camera, but that's no substitute for awareness of what's around you, especially when changing lanes. Here's the view looking over the driver's right shoulder:
Compared to the CR-V, only the Subaru Forester offers two engine choices - a 2.5 liter engine and for thrill seekers, a 2.0 liter turbo w/SI drive, the same system found on the STI. The Forester also offers both a 6-spd manual transmission or an automatic w/CVT. You can't get a turbo or manual transmission on the Honda CR-V. It's simply not offered.