Compare The Subaru Forster vs The Honda CR-V in Orange, VA

Subaru Forester Versus Honda CR-V

Compare The Subaru Forester Against The Honda CR-V

As you search for your next sturdy vehicle you may have already taken a peek at the Subaru Forester. This one-of-a-kind vehicle is not only rugged and capable of handling whatever terrain and weather you place before it, thanks to the Subaru famous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, but it is also extremely versatile, stunning, and comfortable. To learn more, and see how it compares to one of its greatest competitors, the Honda CR-V, read below.


The Subaru Forester starts off with a 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER four-cylinder engine that produces 170-horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The later trims up the power with a 250-horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER Turbocharged engine. The Honda CR-V has two engines as well, but its turbocharged engine only produces 190-horsepower.

Technology And Safety

Both the Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V contain excellent safety and infotainment features, especially when it involves technology. Blind-spot technology, a rear-view camera, and similar audio systems and displays create an atmosphere in either vehicle that keeps you informed about the world around you.

Each vehicle has an innovative safety system. The Honda CR-V contains Honda Sensing while the Subaru Forester has STARLINK Safety and Security. Both systems have features that alert you of possible incoming collisions and will even brake for you if necessary.

Available Special Options and Trim Levels

The Subaru Forester has six trim levels available, the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium, and 2.0XT Touring, and the Honda CR-V has four, the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Each one of these starts with a base, the Honda CR-V LX and the Subaru Forester 2.5i, which adds features as the trim levels go up. For example the base Forester has SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia, but the 2.5i Premium adds SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security.

Each trim has available special options as well. The Subaru Forester can include the All-Weather Package that adds a plethora of heated features, like heated seats and a heated steering wheel. The Honda CR-V doesn't have an all-weather package, but it does have certain features that can be added for an additional price.

Visit Our Reynolds Subaru Dealership to Learn More About the Subaru Forester

If you would like to take one of our Subaru Foresters out for a test drive don't hesitate to stop by our Reynolds Subaru dealership, located in Orange, VA. Whether you are from Charlottesville, Culpeper, or Fredericksburg, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4

How Does Subaru Forester Fare Against its Toyota Rival in Orange, VA?

Adventure's on the horizon out of Charlottesville, nearby Culpeper, Fredericksburg and beyond. What better way to set course for it than behind the wheel of a compact sport utility packed with features to go the extra rugged mile? Subaru Forester is up to the task, and compared to segment contenders like Toyota RAV4, it's plain to see how the Subaru SUV pulls ahead.

Subaru Forester 2.5i Takes on Toyota RAV4 LE

Hitting the trail, both the Forester 2.5i and RAV4 LE bases showcase comparable engines, the Forester 2.5-liter H4 to the RAV4 2.5-liter inline-four. Likewise, you'll find horsepower to compete, that of Forester at 170 and RAV4 at 176. Even fuel economies are neck and neck: Subaru Forester offers up to 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway to RAV4 at 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. But it's in a few important areas that Subaru Forester 2.5i takes a meaningful lead.


  • The outback requires a combination of pulling power and the push to surmount tough terrain. Subaru Forester offers 174 pound-feet of torque to help deliver both. Toyota RAV4 LE's light a few foot-pounds, at only 172.
  • Forester offers more options when it comes to a balance of sporty control and operational smoothness, in either a six-speed manual and Lineartronic CVT transmission. RAV4 offers but a six-speed auto transmission with a manual mode.

Technology and Safety

  • A sturdy ride's key, whether across the landscape or through unforgiving weather. In Forester, from base 2.5i to the highest trim, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard. RAV4 offers all-wheel drive, too, but it's optional.
  • Plus, Subaru keeps your drive-time security in mind well beyond off-road chops. Forester makes available EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, building in Adaptive Cruise Control for safe distancing, pre-collision braking to stave off accidents, Lane Departure and Sway Warning and Lane Keep Assist to remain on track, and more. Plus, you'll find options like Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to keep you apprised of obstacles and Reverse Automatic Braking to help prevent backing into or over them. Toyota RAV4 offers its Toyota Safety Senseâ„¢ P (TSS-P) system and related technologies.
  • Ditto for comparable features for a level drive. Forester weighs in with Vehicle Dynamics Control, complete with an all-wheel, all-speed traction control system. The RAV4 Star Safety System incorporates its own Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control system.
  • The Subaru Forester STARLINK Safety and Security connected services system is where the Confidence In Motion moniker sets itself apart from the Toyota competition. The suite features not only Automatic Collision Notification, flanked by SOS Emergency and Enhanced Roadside Assistance. It also offers options to assist with Stolen Vehicle Recovery as well as diagnostic, security, and remote services functionality. Toyota RAV4 doesn't offer anything comparable.

Available Special Options and Trim Levels

  • In the Forester line, Subaru offers trims right out the gate, from base 2.5i and 2.5i Premium through the luxury and powerhouse blend of 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring models, all the way to performance-minded yet well-appointed 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring. Opt for a Toyota RAV4, and the gamut comprehends only base LE, XLE, SE, and two top-tier trims, Limited and Platinum.
  • For Subaru Forester, options abound to bedeck your ride with all manner of looks and tech to suit your predilections. You can equip an Alloy Wheel Package for added durability off the beaten path. An All-Weather Package helps keep Forester ready for the elements. There are even two All-Weather Packages complete with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, including an option that incorporates the load-access convenience of a Power Rear Gate and the immersive illumination of steering-responsive fog lights. Opt for one of two SUBARU STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia Navigation packages, and you can enjoy functional control at your fingertips as well as the symphony audio experience of a Harman Kardon premium audio system. One package even includes EyeSight features. Last but never least, you can avail yourself of a Black Edition Package to take a striking aesthetic turn, and there's a host of accessories available, from remote start tech to cargo equipment to trailer hitches and more. Toyota RAV4 makes available its own comparable Entune Audio packages with navigation, power liftgate, and driver-assist and safety tech, among others.

Check Out the Subaru Forester Here at Reynolds Subaru in Orange

So what can a brand-new Forester do for your travels atop the Charlottesville, Culpeper, and Fredericksburg terrain? Only time, and an adrenalized test drive, will tell. Stop by and visit us here at our 249 Madison Rd. Subaru dealer showroom in Orange, VA, and we'll give you the grand tour!

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