If you're searching for a reliable compact SUV, the 2019 Subaru Forester and 2019 Honda HR-V are two popular options. Both vehicles have an incredible reputation for dependability, style, and performance capabilities. But which is better between the Subaru Forester vs. Honda HR-V?

To help you and drivers in Bloomfield, Montclair, and Clifton choose the right SUV, the team at Lynnes Subaru has created this Subaru Forester vs. Honda HR-V comparison! Check out the two below to see which popular compact SUV is right for you.

Comparing Power and Performance

The Forester and HR-V are both fuel-efficient SUVs, but when it comes to power and performance capabilities, the 2019 Forester has the advantage.

The 2019 Subaru Forester comes with a 182-horsepower 2.5L 4-cylinder BOXER® engine and standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for all its trim levels. The engine in the HR-V only produces 144 horsepower, and while it does come with all-wheel drive, it's only available for select trims.

If you're looking for an SUV that can tow, the Forester is for you. Unlike the Honda HR-V, which is not recommended for any form of towing, the Subaru Forester was designed to tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.

It also comes with an Auto Stop-Start System for enhanced fuel economy, as well as X-MODE® and Hill Descent Control for added stability and control when traveling through off-road trails. The Honda HR-V, unfortunately, does not come with any of these performance features.

Subaru Forester vs Honda HR-V Interior Comparison

Each compact SUV has an interior loaded with advanced technologies. With an infotainment system, navigation options, and comfort features, driving around in either the Forester or HR-V is easy, fun, and comfortable.

Both also have room for up to five passengers. However, the 2019 Forester has a more spacious interior, while the interior of the HR-V may leave passengers feeling a bit cramped. Check out the table below to see how these SUVs' interior dimensions compare.


Subaru Forester

Honda HR-V

Passenger Volume

111.9 cubic feet

100.1 cubic feet

Legroom (Front/Rear)

43.3 inches/39.4 inches

41.2 inches/39.3 inches

Maximum Cargo Volume

76.1 cubic feet

58.8 cubic feet

Cutting-Edge Safety

The 2019 Subaru Forester and Honda HR-V are equipped with numerous safety features for protection and peace of mind. Both offer a suite of driver-assist technologies (Subaru EyeSight® for the Forester and Honda Sensing® for the HR-V). With these, drivers are alerted when the system detects the possibility of a collision, so they can react as needed to help avoid it.

The Forester also comes with the innovative DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System. Designed to minimize distracted driving, this state-of-the-art system monitors and records your driving habits and will alert you as soon as it senses distracted or drowsy driving. It can also recognize up to five driver preference settings for seat positions, climate controls, mirror positions, and more!

Unfortunately, you won't find anything that can help reduce the risk of distracted driving in the Honda HR-V.

Subaru Forester vs Honda HR-V: Which is Better?

Both SUVs have a lot to offer. However, compared to the Honda HR-V, the 2019 Subaru Forester can give you more power, performance capabilities, and advanced technologies. Plus, it's more spacious, making it a perfect option for families.

Ready to take a closer look at the 2019 Subaru Forester? Contact the team at Lynnes Subaru or visit our showroom in Bloomfield near Montclair and Clifton, and schedule your test drive today!

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