2021 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester

2021 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester

Looking for a vehicle that blends eye-catching style with proven versatility and capable performance? You’ll find all of that and more when you step behind the wheel of the Honda CR-V, the true leader of the compact crossover segment. When it comes to groundbreaking technology, practicality, and exceptional value — the CR-V stands out in a growing crowd of compact crossovers. In an effort to prove how the CR-V remains the benchmark for its class, our team at Germain Honda of Beavercreek has created this informative model comparison. You’ll be able to easily identify the advantages that the CR-V offers in comparison to two of its top rivals — the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. Once you see the results, you’ll have no trouble understanding how Honda continues to stand above the competition.


Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V EX
Toyota RAV4 XLE
2021 Honda CR-V EX 2WD VS 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2WD
$29,035* MSRP (including destination charges)* $28,520
18 inches ✓ Wheel Size 17 inches
Standard ✓ Power Sunroof Not Available
Standard ✓ Remote Engine Start Optional
Standard ✓ Heated Front Seats Optional
Standard ✓ Walk Away Auto Lock® Not Available
Standard ✓ Road Departure Mitigation Braking Not Available
102.9 ✓ Passenger Space (cu ft) 98.9
75.8 ✓ Cargo Volume (cu ft) 69.8
3 Years / 36,000 Miles ✓ Roadside Assistance Coverage 2 Years / Unlimited Miles

First up to challenge the Honda CR-V is the Toyota RAV4. Taking a look at equivalent trim levels of both SUVs, the only similarity between the two are their price tags. In terms of starting prices, both trim levels are essentially priced the same. The real differences between them are more evident when you compare their respective standard features.

Premium equipment included on every CR-V EX includes a remote engine start system, bold 18-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, and heated front seats. In comparison, Toyota requires you to upgrade to a far more costly trim of the RAV4 or spend extra to purchase these great features individually.

If you’re searching for cutting-edge technology, it makes more sense to choose the CR-V instead of the RAV4. Included as standard Road Departure Mitigation Braking works to lessen the severity of an accident in the event that your vehicle leaves the road. To help protect your valuables as you exit your CR-V, Walk Away Auto Lock® keeps everything safe and secure. Looking at the interior dimensions of these two rivals, the CR-V continues to hold the edge over the RAV4. Last but certainly not least, choosing Honda instead of Toyota gets you an extra year of roadside assistance coverage for greater confidence behind the wheel.

Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester

Honda CR-V EX
Subaru Forester Premium
2021 Honda CR-V EX AWD VS 2021 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium AWD
190 / 179 lb-ft ✓ Horsepower / Torque 182 / 176 lb-ft
27 ✓ City MPG** 26
18 inches ✓ Wheel Size 17 inches
Standard ✓ Front Fog Lights Not Available
Standard ✓ Road Departure Mitigation System Not Available
Standard ✓ Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor Optional
Standard ✓ Walk Away Auto Lock® Not Available
Standard ✓ Remote Engine Start Optional
Standard ✓ Dual-Zone Climate Control Not Available
75.8 ✓ Max Cargo Volume (cu ft) 69.2

Our next competitor to face off against the Honda CR-V is the Subaru Forester, often remembered for its standard all-wheel drive system. Placing the similarly-equipped CR-V EX AWD alongside the Forester Premium, there are some key differences that are worth highlighting. While offering greater horsepower and torque than the Forester, the CR-V is even able to deliver superior city MPG. Engineered with more power and more efficiency, the CR-V is the perfect way to make the most of your weekend plans.

You’ll enjoy a more commanding stance on the road thanks to the larger 18-inch alloy wheels found on the CR-V EX. Innovative driver-assistive safety features are also included as standard on the CR-V EX for enhanced peace of mind. These include the Road Departure Mitigation System, Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor, and Walk Away Auto Lock®. Unfortunately for Subaru shoppers, these exceptional features are either expensive individual options or entirely unavailable on the Forester Premium.

When it comes to interior comfort, the clear favorite is the CR-V with its standard dual-zone climate control system paired with a standard remote engine start system. A perfect fit for drivers living active lifestyles, the CR-V boasts a larger maximum cargo capacity that’s great for transporting all of your favorite gear.


Honda CR-V

Winner – Honda CR-V

After tallying the results, the obvious winner of this thorough model comparison is the Honda CR-V. Both the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester simply cannot measure up to the outstanding versatility, value, driver-assist technology, and class-leading premium standard features included on the CR-V. If you’re eager to experience all that the CR-V has to offer, our team at Germain Honda of Beavercreek will help you select the trim that’s perfectly matched to your budget and lifestyle.

DISCLAIMERS:

*MSRP includes $1,175 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge applies to 2021 and newer models.

**28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.