2016 Honda CR-V vs. 2016 Subaru Forester

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Subaru Forester

2016 Subaru Forester



The 2016 Honda CR-V takes an early lead over the 2016 Subaru Forester with leading efficiency ratings, then reinforces its popularity among College Place and Kennewick drivers by including a remarkable selection of standard and available technologies. A family-friendly crossover with space to spare, the CR-V remains an American favorite.

Trim Levels

The 2016 Honda CR-V is available for College Place and Kennewick drivers in five well-balanced trim levels, so choosing your ideal model is as easy as pie.

  • LX: The CR-V starts strong by providing a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system with streaming audio, Pandora capability, and an SMS texting function, all as standard.
  • SE: The SE trim is new for 2016. It adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, and a cutting-edge security system, plus additional exterior colors.
  • EX: The EX provides a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, a Smart Entry system with push button start function, 7-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, and a 10-way power driver’s seat.
  • EX-L: The EX-L is first-class all the way, boasting leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a dual-zone automatic climate control system.
  • Touring: The Touring includes the Honda Sensing suite of driver assist technologies, a Honda satellite navigation system, and a power tailgate.

The 2016 Subaru Forester starts with the 2.5i, and provides expected features such as cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a basic rearview camera. Models work their way right up to the 2.5i Touring, which delivers xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an eight-speaker sound system.

2016 Honda CR-V Exterior

Powertrains and MPG

The 2016 Honda CR-V comes with an exceptional engine across all trim levels to secure high-end performance for Washington drivers without making them pay more. The 2.4L four-cylinder engine fitted as standard delivers a stunningly engaging and responsive drive thanks to its 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, but the true write-home feature is the continuously variable transmission (CVT). It comes standard across all trim levels, and it expertly refines performance to achieve mileage ratings of up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway* with FWD.

The 2016 Subaru Forester fits its own 2.5L four-cylinder as standard, but it’s both less powerful at 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque and less efficient with mileage ratings reaching only 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. A 250-hp 2.0L engine is available, but that’s more power than a crossover needs, and it comes at the cost of making a maximum of 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2016 Honda CR-V on road


The 2016 Honda CR-V comes with up to 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats compared to just 34.4 with the Forester, providing it with one of the most functional cabins around. There are even rear 60-40-split folding seats fitted as standard, so you’ll be able to drop them down to easily access the available 70.9 cubic feet in seconds, regardless of your chosen trim level.

Higher-level CR-V trims take comfort to the next level, with a 10-way driver’s seat with two-way power lumbar support, making the Forester’s available eight-way power driver’s seat feel inferior by comparison.

2016 Honda CR-V Interior

Comfort and Convenience Features

The 2016 CR-V is equipped with a diverse range of Honda-exclusive features. For example, the HondaLink Next Generation system allows College Place and Kennewick drivers the opportunity to sync their smartphone to the vehicle’s 7-inch touchscreen, then touch, pinch and, swipe through music, podcasts, and more.

The 2016 Subaru Forester naturally lacks such features, but it’s also remarkable for refusing to pair premium trims with high-end standard technologies. For example, a universal garage door opener and GPS navigation system with real-time traffic are both included at no added cost with the CR-V Touring, but are still listed as optional with a top of the line Forester Touring. Other features, such as memory seats, are not available at all.

2016 Honda CR-V Interior

Safety Features

Overall, both the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Subaru Forester excel when it comes to safety technology. Each model includes a comprehensive array of standard features, plus a number of advanced driver-assistance features from the Honda Sensing or EyeSight driver-assist technology packages, including:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Forward Collision Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

However, the CR-V has achieved slightly better results during crash tests, scoring a 5 stars to the Forester’s 4 in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s frontal collision test.

2016 Honda CR-V Rear Camera

The 2016 Honda CR-V is an Ideal Crossover for Your Family

The 2016 Honda CR-V scores highly across every measure that families could ask for: space, technology, efficiency, safety, and value. To take a test-drive near College Place and Kennewick, just come down to the showroom at Walla Walla Valley Honda today.

* Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle