Compare Subaru Forester



How Does the Forester Compare to its Boone Competitors?
See Advantages over the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4



Midsized crossover SUVs are hugely popular, and you have a great option when you're shopping over here at our Boone, NC Subaru dealership serving Lenoir, Banner Elk, West Jefferson, Wilkesboro and Elizabethton, one that compares quite favorably to the competitors' offerings. Of course we're talking about the new 2018 Subaru Forester, a spacious, comfortable and capable vehicle that's perfect for family driving.

To give you an idea about how the new Forester shows its value, we're comparing it against similar setups of the new Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. To give you a great idea of how these SUVs compare, we're only using information based off their standard trim levels, complete with the optional AWD for the CR-V and RAV4. Being a Subaru, you know that the Forester comes standard with the best kind of AWD, which as you'll see below, will end up being a huge factor when it comes to price. With the lower starting price for the Forester, you'll have more room in your budget to bump up to a higher trim level with more features.

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Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V in Boone


The small SUV market is loaded, and the latest version of the Honda CR-V certainly proves to be a popular option. But is it really the best fit for a versatile family vehicle, especially with the new 2018 Forester available? Starting with pricing, the Forester provides better overall value, while the other advantages make that cost look even better, both in the short and long terms. Beyond the advantages in performance and standard AWD, which you'll learn more about below, the Forester's build and setup offer you better chances of keeping your ride running safe and smooth when compared to the CR-V. The Boxer engine setup and the symmetrical AWD system are perfectly balanced, so wear and tear has a lesser effect on your Forester over the long run, which is a considerable advantage when comparing to other popular SUVs like the CR-V. Read on to see why the new Forester is your best bet.

  • That lower starting price for the Forester looks even better when you consider the standard AWD system, an add-on for the CR-V that'll cost you even more. The other notable advantage in terms of performance for the Forester is its available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 250 horsepower. The lone engine upgrade for the CR-V is a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, maxing out at 190 horsepower.
  • While tech offerings are pretty much identical, the standard level of the Forester comes with a CD player, which isn't offered with the new CR-V. For drivers who need to take their old-school music collection with them on the road, the Forester provides many ways for you to listen to your favorite tunes.
  • The cabin of the Forester provides more overall space for passengers, with front leg and head room considerably more generous than what you'll find with the CR-V. The fold-down rear seats with the Forester allows you to smartly expand and arrange your cabin for better cargo storage as well.

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4 in Boone


Once again, the capable and efficient Forester is stacked up against one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market, in this case the new 2018 Toyota RAV4. And once again, that popularity for the RAV4 drives its starting price up, considerably higher than the base level of the Forester, which already provides you with standard AWD and a generous set of standard features. Moving beyond pricing, both SUVs are known for offering strong safety systems, but the Forester will prove to keep you and your loved ones better protected if you do end up in a crash. From there, you'll read on about how the Forester quietly proves its considerable value, even when compared to a well-known vehicle like the new RAV4. Read on, then visit us in Boone to try out the new 2018 Subaru Forester for yourself.



  • While the Forester easily has the advantage when comparing respective starting prices, you'll find it's also the better overall value when comparing its top trim levels to the higher editions of the RAV4. One such feature offered with the Forester that you won't find with the RAV4 is a panoramic sunroof, which makes your cabin seem more spacious, and allows you to enjoy gorgeous sunny days and moonlit nights while you're on the go.
  • SUVs like these are ideal for both family driving and daily commuting, thanks to their relative efficiency figures. If you're looking for a versatile ride that handles it all, you'll be pleased to know the Forester has better fuel economy ratings than the RAV4, which loses a few mpg when you add the costly AWD to match the standard AWD system with any new Subaru.
  • Even with great efficiency, these are still rides ideally suited for family driving, so comfort and interior space will be key. That's another area where the Forester excels, besting the RAV4 in terms of front head room and leg room, and in rear head room and leg room. Additionally, the Forester carries more space for cargo storage when compared to the RAV4.