Subaru Forester Versus Honda CR-V

Head to Head in Orange, VA, 2018 Subaru Forester Bests Its Honda Rival -- Explore How Here at Reynolds Subaru

In the battle of the compact crossover segment here in the Orange area, it's the small SUV ideally suited to rough terrain and inclement weather that comes out the victor. Such is the case for the decades-celebrated Subaru Forester. Even sport utilities with long lines of capable predecessors, like Honda CR-V, have a hard time keeping up both on the trail and off the grid. Discover the latest Forester here at Reynolds Subaru, and we think you'll see not only why it's better equipped for the outback from Charlottesville to Culpeper but also why even some of the most seasoned orienteers are more likely to choose one.

Power and Performance

  • For one, though the new CR-V might offer a 184-horsepower i-VTEC at its base, a horsepower edge it seems to keep over the new Forester and its base 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER engine by stepping up to 190 horsepower at higher trim levels, it's ultimately our Subaru SUV that prevails in both energetic drive and turning and pulling power. That's thanks to a turbocharged 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine at the top Forester tier, which breezes past the competition 258 pound-feet to 179.
  • What's more, 2018 CR-V's engine is an inline-four, whereas that of 2018 Forester is a horizontally opposed flat-four by design with laterally moving pistons. Bring Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive into the mix, standard throughout the Forester lineup, and the result is clear: as Honda offers Real Time AWD with an Intelligent Control System only optionally, it's our compact SUV that's the more stable, better composed, more resourceful, and superiorly capable choice for the off-road.

Technology and Safety Features

  • Regarding safety, Subaru technology is the more unique. An available EyeSight® driver-assist suite builds in elements from lane departure and sway warning and lane keep assist to adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision brake system. Honda's Honda Sensing tech makes optional warnings for forward collision and lane departure, mitigation systems for collision and road departure, a lane-keeping assist feature, and its own proprietary adaptive cruise control. Plus, both automakers incorporate available blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert systems.
  • On the interior, the new Forester is better equipped, too. It offers your choice of 6.2- or 7-inch STARLINK&#trade; Multimedia infotainment systems, depending on trim, with navigation available from the midrange to the top trim. The new CR-V can't quite offer the same advancements, with only a 5-inch LCD in its base model, a 7-inch Display Audio system at upper trim levels, and navigation standard only at the top of the line.

Available Trim Levels and Special Options

  • Opt to purchase or lease a new Subaru Forester here in Orange, and your choices abound, spanning a gamut from base 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models through premium options like 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring, reaching high-octane trims like 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring. Not so for a new Honda CR-V, offering only LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring variants.
  • What's more, Forester offers a host of improvements for 2018. For one, Subaru makes available a Black Edition trim package, and secondly, models equipped with an available EyeSight driver-assist package can look forward to reverse auto braking and high-beam assist features. Further, Touring models gain EyeSight Driver-Assist Technology standard, while turbo 2.0XT Touring trims get the professional cornering prowess of standard torque vectoring. CR-V got a comprehensive overhaul in 2017, but for this 2018 model year offers no major enhancements.
  • Finally, numerous packages come available for the new Forester, from those jam-packed with the latest technology to those building in safety features, amenities, and creature comforts galore. Options in the new CR-V are only available individually.

Eager to learn more about what a new 2018 Subaru Forester has in store for your travels? Take the scenic drive out to our 249 Madison Rd. showroom and we'll introduce you!

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4

Against the 2018 Subaru Forester in Orange, VA, the Toyota Competition Falls Behind on the Trail

As time-honored compact crossovers go, the new Subaru Forester makes the grade, from the technologies that drive it to the amenities and creature comforts that drive your trip. Against similarly long-lived mainstays like Toyota RAV4, we think you'll find it's plain to see -- ours excels. Eager to check out how it remains true to our automaker's commitment to an off-road excursion above and beyond the rest? Discover the new Forester for yourself here at Reynolds Subaru.

Power and Performance

  • Right out the gate for the Charlottesville journey, 2018 Forester sprints, building in a spirited 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER engine at base that becomes a turbocharged 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder at the line's top tier. 2018 Toyota RAV4 incorporates only one engine choice, a 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter, lacking in power even in the ascent to a 194 net-horsepower RAV4 hybrid model.
  • Plus, the new RAV4's engine's an in-line four-cylinder, not one horizontally opposed with laterally moving pistons like that of Forester, a flat-four. Factor in Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, standard throughout the Forester lineup, and the result is clear: ours is the better balanced, more efficiently powered, and more capable SUV over harsh terrain and through foul weather around Culpeper. RAV4, after all, offers Dynamic Torque-Control AWD only optionally.

Technology and Safety Features

  • At first glance, both Forester and RAV4 appear evenly matched for peace of mind. The former features EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision brakes, lane departure warning, sway warning, and lane keep assist available across the lineup. Toyota builds in its comparable Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) system. But where blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert come standard at the Forester midrange, RAV4 standardizes them only in top-tier trims. That's an edge on situational awareness for Forester.
  • Plus, both models offer prospects to keep you entertained and connected on the go, with Forester featuring a choice of 6.2- or 7-inch STARLINK&#trade; Multimedia infotainment systems and RAV4 making available four Entune systems in 6.1- and 7-inch variants, each with available navigation.

Available Trim levels and Special Options

  • Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are evenly matched regarding number of available trims, but look more closely, and you'll see where ours pulls ahead. Forester runs the gamut from 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 2.5i Touring to the adrenalized 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring trims. The RAV4 lineup might have a rugged Adventure grade among its LE, XLE, SE, Limited, and Platinum trims, but nothing near as high-octane as our top levels.
  • Moreover, it's Forester that brings to 2018 a boatload of new and targeted features. The list includes a Black Edition trim package, reverse auto braking and high-beam assist features for models equipped with the EyeSight driver-assist package, standard EyeSight tech for Touring models, and standard torque vectoring for turbocharged 2.0XT Touring models. Aside from the new Adventure trim, Toyota offers little more than a Tow Prep package to bump up its tow rating.
  • Finally, unlike in RAV4, numerous packages come available throughout the Forester group, from those loaded with the latest tech to those with safety features, conveniences, and comfort perks galore. RAV4 might make comparable offerings, but only for XLE, SE, Adventure, and Limited trims.

If you're excited to learn more about how the new 2018 Subaru Forester bests the rest, the ideal way to do it is firsthand. Stop by for a visit to our 249 Madison Rd. showroom here in Orange, and let us introduce you to what one can mean for you!

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