2022 Honda CR-V vs 2022 Subaru Forester

How do they compare?

Subaru and Honda have been players in the compact SUV segment since its genesis; the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester have each been around for more than two decades. They’re both safe, spacious, and efficient vehicles with generous standard active safety tech. It’s the details and driving impressions that set them apart, and we’ve had plenty of time with each to determine which small crossover is more deserving of a spot in the driveway.

2022 Honda CR-V

The Toyota RAV4 consistently ranks as one of the industry’s top-selling SUVs. Toyota’s success can be attributed in large part to the brand’s trustworthy image.

The spacious cabin, smooth ride, and user-friendly controls are additional highlights of this compact SUV. You can choose from several different trim levels to find one that fits your needs and your wallet.

Since the current generation of RAV4 launched in 2019, 2023 model is getting a number of minor improvements, including wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, as well as an updated modern infotainment system interface.

The RAV4’s competitors include the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Nissan Rogue.

See Our Trim-to-Trim Comparison Here:

2022 Subaru Forester

The 2022 Forester from Subaru is well crafted and ergonomically sound. It’s not really remarkable, yet it’s certainly appealing. It looks top heavy because of all the windows up high. With its spacious rear opening and low liftover, as well as excellent all-around view, loading cargo is a breeze.

There’s enough of room for everyone to stretch out in the Forester, both in the front and back. The horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine (2.5L) produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. A lot of force isn’t put into it, but then again, that’s not the point. On the other hand, the acceleration is linear and smooth, and there is enough power to overtake on the highway.

Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane centring are just some of the camera-based driver aid technologies standard on all trims. There will be a new electronic brake booster installed in the Forester in 2022, improving its stopping power in an emergency.

See Our Trim-to-Trim Comparison Here:

2022 Honda CR-V vs 2022 Subaru Forester

Side-by-Side Compare

   2022 Honda CRV2022 Subaru Forester
6 Trims Available6 Trims Available
Last Full Redesign20172017
MSRP Pricing$31.4k - $53.1k$29.5k - $50.5k
Estimated Lease Payment5-Year,
$490-703/mth
4 Years@3.99%
$520-$720
Estimated Finance Payment7-Year,
$530-745/mth
5 Years@3.99%
$660-$890
Payment Last UpdatedJune 2022August 2022
Seat Features2022 Honda CRV2022 Subaru Forester
Seat TypeFabric, Leather or mixedFabric / Leather
Number of Seats55
Heated SeatsFront Seat (all trims)
Rear Seats (top 3 trims only)
Front (all trims)
Rear (top 2 trims)
Power Adjustable SeatDriver Side (on most trim)
Passenger side (on top 3 trims only)
Driver Side (Not on base trim)
Frong Passenger (top 2 trims only)
Ventilated Front Seats
Driver Seat Memory SystemOn top 3 trims onlyExterior mirror synchronization (top 2 trims only)
Other Notable Features
Interior2022 Honda CRV2022 Subaru Forester
Dashboard Info DisplayColour Display4.2-inch colour gauge cluster display (all trims)
6.3-inch colour dashboard display (Not on base trim)
Steering Wheel FeaturesHeated, Leather Wrapped (On most trims)Leather Wrapped (Not on base trim)
w/ Heating (Not on the 2 base trims)
Head-Up Display
Rear View Mirror FeaturesAuto-Dimming (On top 3 trims only)Auto-dimming (Top 3 trims only)
Automatic Climate ControlDual-Zone Control SystemOn all trims
Dual Zone System (Not on base trim)
Smart Key System w/ Push-to-StartNot on base trim
Integrated Garage Door OpenerOn most trimsTop 3 trims only
Other Notable FeaturesAluminum alloy pedals (on Wilderness trim)
Infotainment2022 Honda CRV2022 Subaru Forester
Touch Screen Display7"6.5-8"
Audio System9 Speakers w/ Subwoofer (Top 2 trims only)
6 Speakers (On other trims)
4 - 9 Speaker
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
USB Charging Ports2 Front (all trims)
2 Back (on most trims)
2 Front (All trims)
2 Rear (Not on base trim)
Integrated Remote Engine StartIncluded in SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services (free 3-year trial subscription included) (Not on base trim)
Embedded Navigation SystemOn top 2 trims onlyTop 2 trims only
Wireless ChargingOn top 2 trims only
Other Notable Featuresw/ Wi-Fi Tethering
Power2022 Honda CRV2022 Subaru Forester
Engine1.5 Ltre, Turbocharged 4-cylinder2.5-L Direct Injection 4-cylinder
TransmissionAutomatic CVTCVT
DrivetrainFWDSubaru Symmetrical Full-Time All-wheel Drive system
Horsepower190182
Towing CapacityUp to 680kg1,500 lbs (On most trims)
3,000 lbs (Wilderness only)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined)8.3/7.0/7.7 L/100km9.0/7.2/8.1 L/100km (Most trims)
9.5/8.3/8.9 L/100km (Wilderness only)
Special Drive ModesECON modeHill Descent Control,
X-MODE (All trims)
X-MODE (enhanced dual-function) (Top 4 trims only)
Locking Rear DifferentialShort ratio transfer and rear differential gearing (Wilderness trim only)
Other Notable Features
Safety Features2022 Honda CRV2022 Subaru Forester
Backup CameraMulti-angle Camera w/ Dynamic Guidelineswith dynamic guide lines and rear washer (All trims)
Front-view with guide lines (Wilderness trim only)
Anti-Collision System w/ Auto-Braking Capability
Lane Departure AlertNot on basic 2 trims
Dynamic Radar Cruise Controlw/ Low-Speed Followw/ Lane keep assist and sway warning
Automatic High Beam
Left/Right Turn ProtectionSubaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection (Not on the 2 base trims)
Emergency Steering Avoidance
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Blind Spot Monitor System w/ Rear Cross Traffic AlertOn top 2 trims onlyRear Cross Traffic Alert & Reverse Automatic Braking (Not on the 2 base trims)
Parking Clearance System w/ Sonar Detectionn/a
Other Notable FeaturesWalk-away Door Lock
Exterior2022 Honda CRV2022 Subaru Forester
Wheel Size17" - 19" Alloy17" - 18"
Power SunroofOn most trims (Panoramic Sunroof on top 2 trims only)
Not on the 2 base trims
Power BackdoorOn most trims (Hands-free access on top 2 trims only)Not on the 2 base trims
Side Mirrors Featuresw/ HeatingPower-adjustable, foldable and heated (All trims)
Auto-dimming (Top 3 trims only)
tablWindow Wiper FeaturesRain sensing ability (on top 2 trims only)Variable intermittent
Roof RailOn most trims
ExhaustDual Exhaust w/ Chrome Finisher (On 3 trims only)Single-tip (All trims)
polished (Top 4 trims only)
Temporary Spare Tire
Other Notable Features
Light System2022 Honda CRV2022 Subaru Forester
HeadlightsLED (on top 2 trims only)LED
Daytime Running LightsLED
Fog LightsLED (on top 2 trims only)LED (On 3 trims only)
Other Notable Features
Dimensions2022 Honda CRV2022 Subaru Forester
Length462.6 cm464 cm
Width210.7 cm
185.5 cm (w/ mirrors folded)
181.5-183.5 cm
205.2 cm (w/ mirror)
Height167.9 cm173-175 cm
Ground Clearance19.9 cm22 cm

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