2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Honda CR-V
2021 Subaru Forester 2021 Honda CR-V
All-Wheel Drive
  Standard Optional
Infotainment Display
  6.5-in. touchscreen 5.0-in. display
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  Standard Available on other styles
Front Leg Room
  43.3 in. 41.3 in.
Ground Clearance
  8.7 in. 7.8 in.

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Honda CR-V

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Designed for families, the 2021 Subaru Forester and 2021 Honda CR-V have five seats. Equipped with the Lineartronic CVT, X-MODE and other signature hardware, the Forester offers much better performance.


You do not have to spend any additional money on the 2021 Forester's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. By contrast, an AWD system comes with an extra fee for the 2021 Honda CR-V. Both compact crossover SUVs run on a continuously variable transmission system, which is better than a classic automatic gearbox. However, Subaru's patented Lineartronic CVT is more advanced than Honda's basic CVT. The 2021 Forester model has the Subaru Intelligent Drive technology, which is unmatched by anything that's optional on the CR-V. Operating on two modes, the SI-DRIVE function improves handling in hazardous conditions. Installed on the Forester Premium and above editions, the X-MODE also ensures that you get plenty of traction on the road. Some other default technologies that optimize this Subaru's handling include the Hill Descent Control and Active Torque Vectoring.


The 2021 Forester and CR-V offer heating for the front seats and steering wheel. You will also get heating for the outboard seating positions in the Subaru's second row. Unfortunately, the Honda's rear passengers will not enjoy extra warmth from their seats. However, the CR-V has heating ducts that keep up to three rear occupants warm. Using the Keyless Access technology, you could unlock the Forester's driver's door by entering a PIN on the electronic keypad. Having a multi-function design, the center console offers better utility than before. This compact Subaru crossover SUV also boasts an 8.0-inch diagonal touch screen with the most recent version of the STARLINK software. The 2021 CR-V's center touch screen is 1.0 inches smaller. This model has the HondaLink and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink services for mobile devices. Having near field communication and 4G LTE Wi-Fi, the Forester offers better options for smartphones users.


All 2021 Forester models claim the EyeSight Driver Assist technology at no extra cost. Similarly, all 2021 CR-V trims have the Honda Sensing technology. Both active safety suites have automatic braking and other functions that reduce the severity of accidents or prevent crashes altogether. Equipped with the Reverse Automatic Braking, the Subaru model offers much better assistance for backing up than this Honda. Installed on the Forester Touring edition, the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System is an industry-leading technology that improves your awareness of the road.

Hurry over to our Subaru car dealership and find out why the 2021 Forester crossover SUV beats the 2021 Honda CR-V.