2016 Subaru Forester vs. 2016 Honda HR-V

If you're searching for an affordable compact SUV, both the 2016 Subaru Forester and the 2016 Honda HR-V are two popular options. Both vehicles offer an incredible reputation for excellence, great style and capabilities, and are off-road capable. However, the two vehicles have quite a bit to offer today's buyer, so how will you choose between the two? Thankfully, your friends at Lynnes Subaru have put together this vehicle comparison of the 2016 Subaru Forester vs. the 2016 Honda HR-V for your convenience.

About the 2016 Subaru Forester

The 2016 Subaru Forester features an incredibly powerful turbocharged engine option as well as an incredibly comfortable and spacious interior. The standard model of the vehicle is powered by a 2.5 Liter DOHC aluminum-alloy 16-valve horizontally opposed 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with Active Valve Control System (AVCS) that produces 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. This flat laying engine has a low center of gravity and offers great balance and control. The turbocharged engine option is a 2.0 Liter DOCH direct-injection, intercooled, turbocharged aluminum-alloy 16-valve 4-cylinder horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine with Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS) that produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The interior of the 2016 Forester is incredibly comfortable, and offers a full suite of comfort and convenience features for you to choose from. The Subaru Forester also offers a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, reclining rear seats, a 3-spoke steering wheel with audio systems, cruise control, Bluetooth and available EyeSight and SI-DRIVE controls, as well as a STARLINK multi-media infotainment system with up to a 7-inch high-resolution touch-screen.

In terms of space, the Subaru Forester offers 41.4 inches of head room and 43 inches of leg room for driver and side passenger. Cargo space is an important factor to consider with SUVs, and the Subaru Forester offers 34.4 cubic feet of cargo room with all seats in place. When the seats are folded down, the Subaru Forester offers a whopping 74.7 cubic feet of cargo room. This is a huge benefit for vacations, grocery shopping and moving.

Regarding safety features, the Subaru Forester offers a great deal. For active safety, the symmetrical all-wheel drive and the vehicle dynamics control allow you to be in total control of the Subaru Forester's handling. Looking at collision protection, the Subaru Forester features a bevy of airbags including front, side-impact, side-curtain for front and rear passengers, and driver's knee. This car also received an overall 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash tests.

About the 2016 Honda HR-V

On the other hand, the 2016 Honda HR-V just doesn't really seem to compare to the Subaru Forester. The vehicle offers only one engine option, and it's not as powerful as it ought to be. The Honda HR-V's engine can only reach 141 horsepower, which is drastically lower than the Subaru Forester's horsepower, which is 170.

In addition to offering merely mediocre handling, the HR-V also offers some pretty complex and confusing dashboard controls. The vehicle's acceleration is disappointing because of the underpowered engine, and the vehicle overall isn't all that today's buyer expects from a Honda vehicle.

In terms of interior comfort, the Honda HR-V offers limited space for its front passengers with 39.5 inches of head room and 41.2 inches of leg room. The Subaru Forester also blows the Honda HR-V out of the water with cargo space. The Honda HR-V only offers 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space with all of its seats in place. When the seats are folded down, the Honda HR-V's cargo space maxes out at 58.8 cubic feet, which is almost 16 cubic feet less than the maximum cargo space offered in the Subaru Forester. This is a huge difference since the Subaru Forester can successfully carry more cargo than the Honda HR-V.

Regarding the safety features of the Honda HR-V, this vehicle offers front airbags, side-impact airbags and head curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers. What the Honda HR-V lacks is the driver's knee airbag. This is featured in the Subaru Forester, and it prevents leg fractures during an unforeseen collision. In terms of safety ratings, the Honda HR-V also received an overall 5-star rating with NHTSA crash tests; however, in the frontal barrier driver crash test, the Honda HR-V only received 4-stars. The Subaru Forester received 5-stars in this category.

Vehicle Comparison Conclusion

While both vehicles are excellent, unfortunately, the 2016 HR-V is a bit disappointing compared to the 2016 Subaru Forester. While the Forester offers an incredibly powerful engine, excellent off-road capability and a variety of comfort and convenience features for you to choose from, the 2016 Honda HR-V just sort of falls short.

In terms of space, not only does the Subaru Forester offer more head and leg room for driver and passenger, but it also offers more room for cargo. SUVs are built to carry, and the Subaru Forester can carry more than the Honda HR-V.

Regarding each vehicle's safety feature, you now know that the Subaru Forester offers more protection with the driver's knee airbag. Also, each car received overall 5-star ratings with the NHTSA crash tests; however, the Subaru Forester offered advanced EyeSight Driver Assist technology to keep you safer when convenient.

Schedule a Test Drive

Take a closer look at the 2016 Subaru Forester, which is now available at your local Subaru dealer near Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield. Lynnes Subaru is conveniently located at 379 Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, New Jersey. We offer a huge inventory of new, used and certified pre-owned vehicles for you to choose from including the entire Subaru lineup. Our friendly team of sales professionals are available to help you through the entire car buying process Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. To schedule a test drive of the 2016 Subaru Forester, give us a call at 888-442-4985 today.

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