Many drivers around Mobile, Fairhope, and Daphne turn to compact SUVs to experience all the region has to offer. Categorized by reliable performance and spacious interiors, this class of car is perfect for adventurous spirits and always-on-the-go families.

If you're considering a compact SUV, you might be interested in knowing how different makes shape up against one another. That's where the automotive experts at Koby Subaru come in!

Our talented team compiled this comprehensive comparison of two titans in the compact SUV class: the 2020 Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V. Read on to learn which vehicle has a leg up on the competition!

2020 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Performance Overview

The 2020 Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V are similar vehicles in terms of engine performance. However, the Subaru Forester has one significant advantage over the Honda CR-V: Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

All current Subaru models come standard with all-wheel drive, and the Forester is no exception. With the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system standard across Forester trims, drivers will experience increased stability and traction every time they get behind the wheel. All-wheel drive is an available feature on the Honda CR-V, not a standard one. That means that you'll have to upgrade the Honda CR-V to match the road-gripping potential of the Subaru Forester.

Upper Subaru Forester models double down on the AWD experience, offering X-MODE® standard on the Forester Premium and above. X-MODE® is a system that increases overall all-wheel drive utility to produce the optimal level of traction no matter what conditions you're driving in. Similar functionality exists for the Honda CR-V, but it's an available feature, not a standard one.

Dimensions of Differences

Despite their compact nomenclature, both these SUVs are built to handle rough landscapes. The new Forester is longer and taller than the Honda CR-V. It also has a higher ground clearance that allows drivers to traverse uneven and unpredictable terrain more easily.


2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Honda CR-V

Height (inches)


66.1 (2WD)/66.5 (AWD)

Length (inches)



Ground Clearance (inches)


7.8 (2WD)/8.2 (AWD)

With its larger frame, increased ground clearance, and standard AWD performance, the 2020 Forester is an excellent choice for drivers who appreciate the open road as much as they like exploring off the beaten path.

2020 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Interior Features

Any modern car worth its salt comes packaged with enticing amenities and exciting features. Both the Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V are equipped with Bluetooth® audio streaming technology. The Subaru Forester, however, comes standard with a 6.5-inch multimedia display with support for Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The 5-inch display standard on the base Honda CR-V trim lacks support for both programs, meaning less connectivity for media enthusiasts.

Drivers who want the largest possible screen and highest-tier entertainment systems will find more to love in upper Subaru Forester trims. The Subaru Forester Touring trim boasts an 8-inch multimedia display with Harman Kardon® premium audio system and nine speakers. The Honda CR-V Touring trim maxes out at a 7-inch display.

2020 Subaru Forester vs Honda CR-V: Schedule a Test Drive Today!

The Subaru Forester might be a compact SUV, but its standard all-wheel drive, off-road-ready dimensions, and stellar multimedia options make it larger than life. When compared to the Honda CR-V, it's clear that the Subaru Forester has more to offer drivers.

If you're ready to explore Mobile, Fairhope, and Daphne in a 2020 Subaru Forester, stop by Koby Subaru and schedule a test drive today!

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