When you're trying to decide on the right midsize SUV to add a little extra space and a lot more fun to your adventures throughout the Freehold, Englishtown, and Marlboro area, you have some pretty tough decisions on the road ahead-especially if you're contemplating the 2018 Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V. Both of these midsize SUVs come highly rated, but when it comes time to decide, which one of these vehicles makes the cut?

Our team at Freehold Subaru is here to help you decide by comparing these two vehicles to show you how they differ. In this 2018 Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V comparison, we'll be focusing our attention on crucial factors like performance and handling, technology and entertainment, and even the safety features. We hope that this comparison helps you determine which of these midsize SUVs is right for you.

If you're ready to test drive a new 2018 Subaru Forester, contact us here!

2018 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Performance & Handling

The Subaru Forester comes outfitted with a 2.5L four-cylinder BOXER® engine, while the Honda CR-V features a 2.4L four-cylinder engine, both of which can surpass 165 horsepower. Each vehicle offers an upgraded engine, with the Subaru Forester featuring a 2.0L turbocharged engine that can reach 250 horsepower, while the Honda CR-V and its 1.5L turbo engine maxes out at 190 horsepower. When it comes to handling, the Subaru Forester comes standard with the versatile Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and the Honda CR-V requires an upgrade for its AWD system.

Technology & Entertainment

Each of these vehicles feature a dashboard-mounted screen for easy media access. The Subaru Forester features the 6.2-inch STARLINK™ screen, while the Honda CR-V features the much smaller five-inch display. Each vehicle features an AM/FM radio, Bluetooth® streaming/calling, and Pandora® compatibility. However, the Subaru Forester also offers iHeart® Radio, Stitcher™, and Aha™ integration, providing more audio entertainment options. The Subaru Forester also features HD Radio® with iTunes® tagging, allowing you to bookmark a song that comes on so you can download it later.

Safety Features

The Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V are both equipped with stability and traction control systems to provide extra assistance on slippery roads. Each vehicle also features advanced airbags systems. These airbags provide sufficient protection based on the severity of the collision.

Both vehicles offer optional driver-assisting technology bundles. The Subaru Forester and its EyeSight® system features Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System Braking System, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist. The Honda CR-V and its Honda Sensing™ system also offer these features, but they're not paired together as a bundle like the Eyesight® system.

Learn More About the 2018 Subaru Forester

We had a wonderful time taking a look at these two vehicles to show you what they offer and how they differ. However, in terms of the 2018 Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V, you saw that the Subaru Forester had several crucial advantages over the Honda CR-V. Why not learn even more about the Subaru Forester and how it handles with you behind the wheel?

Schedule a test drive at Freehold Subaru, the dealership that's always happy to help drivers from the Freehold, Englishtown, and Marlboro area make the right decision.

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