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2018 Forester Takes on the Competition

The 2018 Subaru Forester is a driver-friendly, five passenger crossover with plenty of features, a durable design, and the quality associated with the Subaru brand. Our new inventory has plenty of well-equipped Foresters and we are particularly excited about this 2018 model, but how does it stack up to the competition? Today we are going to see how the Forester compares to the 2018 Honda CR-V.

2018 Forester vs Honda CR-V

  • The Forester packs a lot more performance in its standard model. The standard 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER four-cylinder engine provides plenty of power while maintaining an impressive max 32 mpg. The CR-V doesn't really see much performance without a costly upgrade to the turbocharged engine.
  • Even with the extra base performance, the Forester starts at $22,795 as opposed to the CR-V's $25,125 starting price.
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on every new Forester model while front-wheel drive is standard on the CR-V.
  • The Forester is designed with Subaru's commitment to adventure in mind, as such it is equipped to handle any road conditions. With 17- or 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Hill Descent Control, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance the Forester will get you where you need to be no matter what the conditions. The CR-V has a 7.8 inch ground clearance and doesn't have as many features to help tackle poor conditions.
  • You will also notice that the Forester has the advantage by a couple inches in several of the passenger seating specs with a little more front leg room and wider back seat.
  • The Forester offers 108.3 cubic feet of passenger volume while the CR-V falls short with 105.9 cubic feet.
  • The Forester is easier to maneuver in tight spaces thanks to a turning diameter of 34.8 feet while the CR-V has a turning diameter of 37.4 feet.



2018 Subaru Forester vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4 Comparison Near Boston

  • With a couple of engine options and several trim levels available for the Forester, you'll be pleased to see its considerably lower starting price compared to the new RAV4. The Forester comes out as more cost-effective across the higher trims compared to similar versions of the RAV4, and pretty much every Subaru is rated to hold onto its resale value more effectively than a Toyota.
  • Whether it's deep snow, rugged terrain or the streets around Boston, every new Subaru Forester comes equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to provide you with the utmost traction, balance and control on any terrain. The RAV4, however, comes equipped with standard front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive equipped models bring along a price of $25,910 MSRP.
  • The quality of interior materials in the Forester makes for a far more comfortable ride for driver and passengers compared to how the cabin is setup in the new RAV4. This is important for driving the kids around Boston or taking the whole family on a longer road trip, as you want to make sure everyone has plenty of space to stretch out and the kinds of comfortable seating that keep people from getting cranky while being in the car too long.
  • The Forester offers a number of premium features, including LED steering responsive headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and genuine leather upholstery. The RAV4, however does not.
  • The Forester offers 8.7-inches of ground clearance while the RAV4 offers just 6.1-inches.
  • While the four-cylinder of the RAV4 out-performs the base four-cylinder of the Forester, the Subaru crossover has an option for a more powerful 250-horsepower turbocharged engine. You'll be stuck with the same four-cylinder in every trim of the RAV4, so performance can be lacking if you want better acceleration.
  • When you do opt for the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the Forester, you'll earn better efficiency than the RAV4. The 32 mpg on the highway earned by the Forester makes it a much better choice to serve as your daily commuter - along with all your family travels - than the new RAV4, which only earns 29 highway mpg.

The Subaru Forester versus the Volkswagen Tiguan

  • The Forester is built for superior traction and control, as proven by its standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and available "X Mode" driving modes. Tiguan drivers must pay more for AWD, and selectable drive modes are not available.
  • Even with AWD, the Forester is overall more efficient than the Tiguan.
  • Power your ride your way with the Forester's choice of engines. It starts out with a standard four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine and then ups the ante with a turbo four upgrade. The Tiguan only has a single engine option.
  • The Forester is considerably longer than the Tiguan, making for considerably more cargo space.
  • Those more generous Forester dimensions also make way for greater head-, leg-, shoulder-, and hip-room over the Tiguan -- for both front and rear passengers .
  • What it ultimately comes down to is price, and Forester shoppers will be happy to hear that it's available at a lower starting cost than the Tiguan.
  • Shockingly, there are no accident avoidance features or high-tech safety systems available on the Tiguan, even with its more premium price. The Forester, however, offers a comprehensive array of driver assist technologies, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure intervention, as well as forward and reverse automatic braking.



We ultimately think that while the Honda CR-V is a good crossover SUV, the Forester pulls ahead with its excellent value, enjoyable drive, and better handling in poor conditions. Stop by Cityside Subaru today and test drive a Subaru Forester in Belmont today.


Invest in your Very Own Subaru Forester near Boston with an Affordable Lease or Auto Loan

We encourage you to stop by the new Subaru showroom here at CitySide Subaru for a look at and a test drive of the latest Forester models. Our finance specialists are standing by to help customers weigh their Forester lease and loan options, and we encourage you to reach out to our staff for a consult. Our facility is centrally located for drivers all over the Boston, Cambridge, Natick, Newton and Wakefield area, and our comprehensive Forester caters to our this wide customer base.

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